FC Hibberd Planet – 2027 and 2028

Loco No.2027 and Trailer No.2028 on display at Ramsey, July 2013. © Alex Fairlie

Loco No.2027 and Trailer No.2028 on display at Ramsey, July 2013. © Alex Fairlie

Builder: F.C Hibberd and Co Ltd, Planet
Build Number: 2027
Built: 1937
Classification: 4w Petrol Locomotive
Current Number: None Carried

Builder: F.C Hibberd and Co Ltd, Planet
Build Number: 2028
Built: 1937
Classification: Bogied Crossbench Trailer
Current Number: None Carried

Current Status/Location: On display, Jurby Transport Museum
Year Last Operated: 1999
Livery: Red

Year Visited: 1982-2002, 2013

History: The locomotive and it’s trailer were built and purchased in May 1937 for the Ramsey Pier Tramway. No.2027 originally had a normal diesel loco appearance, until a rebuild with steam-outline bodywork in January 1981. The pair continued to operate until closure of the Tramway on the 9th of September.

Both were then moved to the Car Sheds at Ramsey in 1982 (after off-railway storage) for restoration by the Isle of Man Railway and Tramway Preservation Society (then the Isle of Man Railway Society) and both locomotive and trailer were used for shuttles from Ramsey to Walpole Drive, operations of such occurring up until 1999. When not on service, they were usually on display in the Electric Railway Museum in Ramsey Car Shed, and later in the Goods Shed following the closure of the Museum.

No.2027 and No.2028 were moved for storage at the Homefield Bus Garage, Upper Douglas in December 2002, leaving in November 2009 for display at the Jurby Transport Museum.

The pair returned for display at Ramsey during the July 2013 Transport Festival, appearing on the Station Siding at Ramsey.

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