Trailer No.54 (1893)

Derby Castle Top Shed, 2011

Trailer No.54 inside Derby Castle Top Shed, July 2011 © David Martin

CURRENT STATUS AND LOCATION YEAR LAST OPERATED LIVERY
Stored, Derby Castle Car Sheds 1971 Red/White/Teak

History
Trailer No.54 was the final trailer built for the Manx Electric Railway in a batch of six delivered in 1893 by G.F Milnes of Birkenhead, as No.16. It was renumbered in 1895 to No.28 with the intended construction of the 14-18 series, No.33 in 1898 with the anticipation of the 24-27 trailer rebuilds, and finally No.54 in 1903/04 with the anticipation of the construction of the 1906 motors. It was rebuilt with a canvas roof in 1894/95 from it’s condition as a fully open trailer, and rebuilt again in 1903 with a curved wooden roof.

A pre-war rebuild in the 1930s saw higher glazed end bulkheads added. No.54 was still available for summer work until August 1971, where it was withdrawn from service and permanently stored in Laxey Car Shed. The Trailer was one of four offered for sale by the M.E.R in 1978, however no successful bids were received.

It was moved from Laxey Car Shed for further storage at the Homefield Bus Garage in Upper Douglas in May 2002, returning to the M.E.R in November 2009. No.54 is now stored on trucks at Derby Castle Car Sheds, pending further decisions on its future.

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