Trailer No.54 (1893)

TG-54-2019

Trailer 54 on its first day back in service after 48 years, July 2019 © Website Collection

CURRENT STATUS AND LOCATION YEAR LAST OPERATED LIVERY
In service In service M.E.R. Red and white

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 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 No.54 was still available for summer work until August 1971, where it was withdrawn from service and permanently stored in Laxey Car Shed.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 the Manx Electric Railway volunteers, the Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust 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. Following a thorough bodywork overhaul and new wheels, the Trailer returned to service for the first time in 48 years as part of the 2019 Manx Heritage Transport Festival.

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