Published on Aug 7, 2012
In the third installment of the Manx Transport Festival 2012 series (and in the third of a four part segment), we take a look at action taking place on the Manx Electric Railway, running from Douglas Derby Castle to Ramsey via Laxey.
Saturday 28th July 2012, and another visit to the M.E.R. The railway had promised an intense timetable of departures to and from Douglas and Laxey, with as many vehicles pressed into service as possible. Unfortunately, a few cars had developed problems in the days leading up to the festival, leaving some of them confined to the depot at Douglas Derby Castle.
As a consequence, the timetable had to be hastily re-organised, involving a few cancellations. Despite this, however, the M.E.R. did it's best to turn out as many operational vehicles as it could, and in some cases, rare or bizzare car and trailer combinations were made.
One such example was Crossbench Car 32, which was enjoying a rare day in passenger service (she is normally used as a works car). After managing a trip from Douglas to Laxey and back, she also did a full run to Ramsey. I had a chance to get a ride on this vehicle, even from the front-seat with the driver (or 'motorman' as drivers on the Manx Electric Railway are called)!
Also on this day, the soon-to-be-closed Laxey sub-station was open for visitors, and a chance to see the mysterious mercury arc-rectifiers playing their role in generating and supplying the electricity used on the railway (including conversion from AC to DC).
Locations are Douglas Derby Castle, Groudle, Laxey (railway station and sub-station) and Ramsey
Vehicles seen on this day, and featured in Part Three (in numerical order):
1) Unvestibuled Saloon Car 1
2) Tunnel Car 5
3) Tunnel Car 6
4) Tunnel Car 9
5) Winter Saloon Car 21
6) Crossbench Car 32
7) Crossbench Car 33
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