- 1893-built Car No.2 has re-entered traffic following its winter overhaul. The 120-year old veteran made its first moves in Derby Castle Yard on the 11th March prior to a ‘drying out’ trip with Works Trailer No.45 to Ramsey two days later. Following this, No.2 made a return to passenger service on Good Friday 29th March, working the 4:40pm service from Derby Castle. The following day saw No.2 work the Laxey Car diagram paired initially with Winter Trailer No.58, and later Winter Trailer No.57. The Car has seen attention to its controllers as well as recieving the freshly overhauled trucks which, until July 2012, were in use under Car No.7.
- Wintery conditions on the island during late March did not deter the use of open-cabbed Cars, with No.1 in use on Conductor Training trips on the 25th March, and No.33 in use on passenger service on Easter Sunday and Monday.
- Motors used in passenger service this year so far are – Nos.2, 5, 6, 9, 19, 20, 33. Nos. 1, 7 and 21 have also been in use on test or training duties.
Along The Line
- The new Laxey Substation, installed last year, is now in operation after being connected to the M.E.R. overhead during March. The substation has been connected to the Manx National Grid since November 2012. The 1934-built substation has been closed however it remains operational, and the intention is for it to be used as part of some of the M.E.R. enthusiast events throughout the year before its decomissioning this Winter.
- Stabilisation works on the cutting south of Ballure Viaduct has meant that services in late March used only the landside line between Ramsey and Lewaigue.
- Late March’s unseasonal cold weather, high winds and snow prevented the M.E.R. from operating over the weekend of the 23/24 March, with services only operating between Derby Castle and Laxey on the following day. Services were also suspended on the Steam Railway, and snow/wind damage has prevented the Snaefell Mountain Railways opening until early May.
- Following the lack of service on the Snaefell Mountain Railway until May, the Easter Weekend events involving Isle of Man Railways mascot’ Cushag the Cat’ were moved to Laxey, with children meeting the former and the Easter Bunny along with recieving Easter Eggs.
- April’s ‘Pie In The Sky‘ event has been cancelled and will be held later in the year following the opening of the Snaefell Mountain Railway in May.