April 2013 News Roundup

A lineup of rolling stock outside Derby Castle Top Shed on the 26th April, featuring Car No.32 and Trailers No.56 and 51. © Jon Wornham

A lineup of rolling stock outside Derby Castle Top Shed on the 26th April, featuring Car No.32 and Trailers No.56 and 51. © Jon Wornham

Rolling Stock

  • Hot on the heels of the reinstatement of 1893-built  Car No.2, a second vehicle from the first year of the Manx Electric Railway has returned to operation in the form of 120 year old Trailer No.51. The trailer, rebuilt into its edwardian condition in 1987, has been out of action since September 2010 and has recieved a full overhaul to its trucks, closely matching the work carried out to No.60 last autumn.
  • Disabled Access Trailer No.56 has been repainted during the winter, with work completed by the end of April. This is the first repaint the vehicle has seen since its conversion in 1994/5, and the repaint is in broadly the same style as previously carried.
  • Following a troublesome winter with numerous small problems affecting the Car, Winter Saloon No.21 returned to service during early April.
  • 1906-built Cars No.32 and 33 swapped roles in early April, with No.32 returning to the active passenger fleet. No.33 has taken the formers position as the regular Permanent Way car, taking into account the cab windscreens fitted in January.

On The Line

  • The planned relay of Harbour Road level crossing in Onchan was started on the 22nd, with the landside line currently being aligned and relaid. Services are currently using the single track seaside line between Onchan Head and Howstrake.
Relaying work underway at Harbour Road Level Crossing, Onchan. © Andrew Scarffe

Relaying work underway at Harbour Road Level Crossing, Onchan.
© Andrew Scarffe

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