Trailer No.54 (1893)

Trailer No.54 undergoing restoration at Laxey Car Shed, July 2018. © Andrew Scarffe

Undergoing Restoration,  Laxey Car Shed 1971 Undergoing Restoration

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 to No.33 in 1898 and finally No.54 in 1903/04. Bodywork wise, 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 No.54 was still available for summer work until August 1971, where it was withdrawn from service and permanently stored in Laxey Car Shed.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.

As part of a joint project between Manx Electric Railway Online and Isle of Man Railways, No.54 was moved from Derby Castle Car Sheds to Laxey Car Sheds in order for restoration of the Trailer to service to commence in May 2018. It is anticipated that restoration will be completed in time for the July 2019 Heritage Transport Festival.




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