The Easter Weekend of 18th-21st of April saw the first ‘Rush Hour’ event organised on the Manx Electric Railway, featuring a variety of enthusiast-based events on the Manx Electric Railway.
This years events incorporated an intensive service on the Sunday as well as several other events recorded below. A gallery of photos featuring the M.E.R. over the Rush Hour period is available by clicking the thumbnails, and features work by the website team alongside several guest photographers. If you would like your photo included, please contact the web team via the Contacts page or our facebook page.
Friday April 18th
The first day of the event featured a display of Railway Art by local artist Michael Starkey in the Derby Castle Goods Shed Museum, and inside Car No.1, which was stabled outside (Possibly the islands first mobile art gallery!).
Sunday April 20th
The Sunday was the main event day for the Manx Electric, featuring a variety of events on the railway. The day kicked off with a parallel run of the oldest and newest cars within the fleet, Car No.1 and Car No.33 (hauling Van No.4) between Derby Castle and Groudle, with a photo-stop at Lag Birragh. After arrival and a brief photo-call at Groudle, No.33 and Van 4 continued on to Laxey, while No.1 returned to Derby Castle.
A special intensive timetable was operated for most of the day, with the following Car sets in use.
- Car No.1/Trailer No.51
- Car No.2/Trailer No.59
- Car No.5/Trailer No.47
- Car No.6/Trailer No.46
- Car No.7/Trailer No.48
- Car No.9/Trailer No.44
- Car No.19/Trailer No.41
- Car No.33/Van No.4
A derailment at Dumbells Row during the shunting of Trailer No.51 saw single-line working between Laxey Car Shed and Dumbells Row operated through most of the afternoon. When re-railed, Car No.1 and Trailer No.51 returned to Derby Castle Car Shed, and were swapped for Car No.22, operating single-motor.
Tours of Derby Castle Car Sheds were ran by ManxElectricRailway.co.uk in association with Depot Supervisor Steve Hall, and a separate review of this event can be found HERE.
Monday April 21st
Todays event saw Car No.33, operating a series of eight motorman sessions between Laxey and Ballaragh, from 10:15-16:25, which were well taken up, with the car running between Derby Castle and Laxey and return as a special.