May and Early June 2015 News Roundup

Cars 33, 5 and 16 wait at the northern terminus on Ramsey Sprint Day, 9th June 2015. © Andrew Scarffe

Cars 33, 5 and 16 wait at the northern terminus on Ramsey Sprint Day, 9th June 2015. © Andrew Scarffe

Events

The annual Manx TT period saw seven days of intensive services at the start of June, from Monday 1st to Friday 12th. For the first time, scheduled evening services were added to Timetable ‘F’ as Timetable ‘H’, finishing with a late 22:10 Ramsey to Derby Castle, arriving at 23:25. The service has seen excellent usage with cars frequently packed to capacity.

As per the norm, large crowds travelling on the M.E.R on Mad Sunday, Tuesdays Ramsey Sprint Day and the Wednesday Laxey Motorcycle Show saw a high output of cars, with notable appearences from the fleet including both Winter Trailers with No.32 and No.33, Trailer No.43 working with Car No.2, Trailer No.60 with Car No.9 and lightweight Trailer No.51 working with Car 5, Car 6 and Car No.22 throughout the week.

Ramsey Sprint Day also saw the stabling of a large variety of sets at the northern terminus, with use of the second Station Siding following its reactivation last year.

A packed car 9 and trailer 60 at Laxey working the 7.10pm Ramsey to Douglas. Car 7 and trailer 48 wait in the siding to follow as a duplicate 15 minutes later, equally as packed! © Andrew Scarffe

A packed car 9 and trailer 60 at Laxey working the 7.10pm Ramsey to Douglas. Car 7 and trailer 48 wait in the siding to follow as a duplicate 15 minutes later, equally as packed! © Andrew Scarffe

On The Line

Work was undertaken during Mid-April to improve the Laxey Old Road crossing where water and motorbikes frequently leave debris on the the line, with single line working operating on the seaside track between Laxey and Ballaragh while works were undertaken.

On Monday 20th, work similarly began on relaying the seaside track southwards from Ballure Bridge between poles 862 and 867, single line working being in operation between Lewaigue and Ramsey on the landside line – with works concluding in time for the TT period.

The evening of Monday 8th June saw overhead line problems resulting in single line working on the lineside line between Garwick and Groudle – which was quickly fixed during the next morning.

Work underway at Laxey Old Road on the 15th of April with Car No.5 towing RF308. © Andrew Scarffe

Work underway at Laxey Old Road on the 15th of April with Car No.5 towing RF308. © Andrew Scarffe

The Fleet

Problems with the trolley pole on Car No.1 has seen a period of limited usage while it awaits full repair.

Work continues on ‘Ratchet’ Car No.14 – with both dash panels now removed and attention being given to the floor.

Car No.16 was put under a period of ‘running in’, with the green ‘Paddlebox’ accumulating fault-free mileage between Derby Castle and Ramsey, first running single-motor and later with matching Trailer No.60. The car returned to the general service fleet for the TT period.

Locomotive No.34 is currently stored following problems with its brake systems.

1893-built Trailer No.51 taken to Laxey by Car No.1 on the 4th of June was subject to a series of tests following adjustment to the No.1 crossover at Laxey after its derailment at this location during last Aprils Rush Hour event. Everything was found to be satisfactory, which should see more frequent use for the lightweight trailer.

Work is largely complete on the green Mail Van No.16, with an intended launch during the Manx Heritage Transport Festival in July.

Thanks to all who have provided information for this news update.

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