Technical – Car No.5 (1894)

Built: G.F Milnes, Birkenhead
Delivered to M.E.R: 
Spring 1894

Length: 34’9″ (10.59m)

Width: 6’3″ (1.90m)

Height: 11’0″ (3.35m)

Conductors:
1894-1898: Bow Collectors
1898-Current: Trolley Pole

Trucks:
1894-July/August 1903: Milnes Series 3 (Milnes Frames)
July/August 1903+: Brush Type ‘D’
Autumn 1962-Spring 1964: Longer axlebox coil springs fitted, with hydraulic shock absorbers fitted to axleboxes
19xx-2010: Brush Type ‘D’ trucks Nos. 982 and 997 (Longer axlebox coil springs fitted, hydraulic shock absorbers fitted to axleboxes)
2011: Brush Type ‘D’ trucks Nos.974 and 976 (temporary fitment during overhaul, Longer axlebox coil springs fitted, hydraulic shock absorbers fitted to axleboxes)
2012-Current: Brush Type ‘D’ trucks Nos. 982 and 997 (Longer axlebox coil springs fitted, hydraulic shock absorbers fitted to axleboxes)

Traction Motors:
1894-July/August 1903: 2 x Mather and Platt 25hp
July/August 1903-Current: 4 x SEHC (Societe l’Electricite et l’Hydraulique) 25hp

Controllers:
1894-July/August 1903: Mather and Platt
July/August 1903-1963: General Electric K11 units
1963-Current: General Electric K12 units

Braking:
1893-July/August 1903: Handbrake only
July/August 1903-Current: Air Braking
1932-Current: Fitted with Trailer Air Cocks

Application Valves:
1894-July/August 1903: None
Current: Christensen

Motor Compressor:
1894-July/August 1903: None
July/August 1903-1950s: Christensen
1959-Current: Maley and Taunton (ex-Sheffield City Transport)

Automatic Governor:
1894-July/August 1903: None
July/August 1903-1950s: Christensen
1950s-Current: Westinghouse

Switchgear:
1894-July/August 1903: None
July/August 1903-1950s: Christensen
1950s-Current: Maley and Taunton

Cylinder:
1894-July/August 1903: None
July/August 1903-Current: Christensen

Interior:
1894-1932: Open
1932: Central Partition for Smoking/Non Smoking fitted

Seating Style:
1894-1932: Longitudinal wooden benches
1932-Current: Transverse, reversible 2+1 seating (8 rows and 8 bulkhead seats) fitted by W.S Laycock, Sheffield

Seating Capacity:
1894-1932: 36
1932-Current: 32

Exterior:
1930s: Iron Platform Gates removed and replaced by Glazed Doors
Winter 1956: Side Window-Bars removed
Winter 1969: Central Cab Window Partition removed
Winter 1971-Spring 1972: Extra Headlight added above Lower Headlight
Summer 1978: Air-Whistles fitted
Summer 1980-Summer 1981:  Lower Headlight removed during Overhaul
Spring 1997-Autumn 2000: Top Headlight removed and Lower Headlight replaced during Overhaul
November 2012-January 2013: Fitted with ‘Santa Tram’ embellishments

Overhauls:
1932
Summer 1980-Summer 1981
Winter 1997-Autumn 2000
Winter 2005-Summer 2006
Autumn 2010-Spring 2012

Liveries/Repaints:

Dates Carried Livery Notes Image
1894-1898 Blue/White/Teak with ‘Douglas & Laxey Electric Tramway’ lettering Groudle Glen, Mid-1890s
1898-1903 Blue/White/Teak with ‘Douglas, Laxey & Ramsey Electric Railway’ lettering Groudle Glen, Late 1890s
1903-Late 1940s Red/White/Teak with ‘The Manx Electric Railway Co Ltd.’ lettering.  Repainted 1926, 1932 Derby Castle, 1933
Late 1940s-Winter 1958 Red/White/Teak with ‘M.E.R.’ lettering. Derby Castle, 1957
Winter 1958-Spring 1978 Red/White/Teak with ‘Manx Electric Railway.’ lettering Derby Castle, 1967
Spring 1978-Summer 1981 Red/White/Teak with ‘Isle of Man Railways’ lettering Dumbell's Row, 1979
Summer 1981-Spring 1992 Red/White/Teak with ‘The Manx Electric Railway Co Ltd.’ lettering. Derby Castle, 1984
Spring 1992-Autumn 2000 Red/White/Teak with ‘The Manx Electric Railway Co Ltd.’ lettering. Groudle, 1993
Autumn 2000-Autumn 2011 Red/White/Teak with ‘Raad-Yairn Lectragh Vannin’ lettering. Derby Castle, 2000
Autumn 2011-Current Red/White/Teak with ‘Manx Electric Railway’ lettering. Laxey, 2012

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