It’s nearly a week til the Manx Heritage Transport Festival, and the Manx Electric Railway is playing it’s part with a series of events across the five days.
Wednesday July 30th has the first event, The Electrifying Evening, with an additional extra car-set supplementing the Wednesday night evening service. Using a rota of unusual and photogenic cars over three round trips to Laxey, it will extend to Dhoon Quarry and Bulgham Platform for photostops on the first two trips. The first round trip departs Derby Castle at 18:00, returning for additional trips at 19:40 and 21:20. Manxelectricrailway.co.uk volunteer stewards will be on hand to provide an information point for the M.E.R festival events. The booked Car Sets (subject to availability): Car No.33, Car No.1 and Car No.9 (illuminated) all with an appropriate Trailer. All Normal and Explorer tickets are valid.
Thursday July 31st sees an Enhanced service between Derby Castle and Laxey – Timetable D plus additional services will be in operation. Cars will depart Derby Castle in Numerical Order, with working timetables available at M.E.R. staffed stations on the day, and HERE. The driver and conductor of Car No.1 will be in period dress, and Car No.7 will be specially scheduled to run parallel with Snaefell Car No.1 out of Laxey. A Wickham Railcar will be in operation between Derby Castle and Derby Castle Car Sheds, departing from Derby Castle every 20 minutes between 11:00 and 13:00 in-between scheduled services (Explorer and all other festival tickets valid for travel).
Tours of Derby Castle Car Shed (conducted by depot supervisor Steve Hall and manxelectricrailway.co.uk volunteer stewards) will also be taking place at 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00 and 15:30. The tour includes historical background of the site and visits to the Car Sheds, Workshops and newly established M.E.R Goods Shed Museum. All available rolling stock will be on display. A Special Postal Service using 1894 built M.E.R Van No.4 will be in operation from Derby Castle to Laxey, with the delivery of limited edition railway stamp covers, cancelled with Railway Station postmarks. Covers may be purchased at Laxey Station and in advance by calling 01624 816302. A variety of goods rolling stock used by the M.E.R and Snaefell Mountain Railways will be on display at Laxey, including the newly restored Open Wagon No.10, Two Snaefell Wagons (Tower and Flat), and the two vans under restoration by the Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust, No.3 and No.16.
Friday August 1st has The Power Trip, An evening photographic tour (conducted by manxelectricrailway.co.uk volunteer stewards) explaining the history on how the Manx Electric generated and provided its own electrical power. Photographic opportunities, stops and historical talks. Meet at Derby Castle 17:45 for a 18:00 Departure, with breaks at Laxey and Ramsey. The tour arrives back at Derby Castle at 22:15, with the Booked Car Set (subject to availability) being Car No.16/Trailer No.60. Fares are £10.00 per person, available from Derby Castle Booking Office.
Saturday August 2nd has the unofficial Manxelectricrailway.co.uk Crossover Crossbench Charity Railtour – An extremely rare opportunity to cover all Manx Electric Railway passenger track, rarely used in service crossovers and sidings in a single day. Every penny generated from the tour will go towards the Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust Appeal, for the ongoing restorations of historic Manx Electric Railway Goods Vans No.3 and No.16. Meet at Derby Castle 08:45 for a 09:00 Departure. Break at Ramsey. Tour arrives back at Derby Castle at 17:00, with the Booked Car Set (subject to availability) being Car No.32 single-motor. Fares: are £15.00 per person, available from HERE only. (Please note that this event runs independently of the advertised Transport Festival programme)
Sunday August 3rd will also see an Enhanced service to Ramsey, with a 15 minute morning service to Ramsey and 30 minute afternoon service. After full restoration by the Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust, 1898-built Wagon No.10 will be launched into traffic proper on the Manx Electric, forming part of the 09:55 Derby Castle to Ramsey, hauled by Car No.16. The wagon will be on display at Ramsey, returning in the late afternoon.Motorman Training Tasters will be available, driving M.E.R Car No.16 for part of the journey on a special service between Ramsey and Lewaigue. Tickets for the above event are available from Derby Castle Booking OFFICE. (Tickets £5.00 per person, Minimum age: 16 years)