Manx fun

We’re just back from the Isle of Man! An early departure from home last Monday, to catch the ferry from Liverpool to Douglas; home again yesterday evening – six full days, with never a dull moment. There’s the steam railway to Port Erin, the electric railway to Laxey and Ramsey, the mountain railway to the top of Snaefell, the Douglas horse tramway (just a very short section in use at present), the Groudle Glen railway – and last – and least! – the 19″ gauge mines railway at Laxey. Lots of non-railway interest too. There will be more over the coming days – in the meantime, here are a few tasters

The eagle-eyed may have noticed that a dot has appeared in the blog title, at the top of the page. That’s because the address is now – though will continue to work.

Re. “Walking to Benthall” (previous post) – I’ve been asked who Aileen is. Aileen was this year’s first named storm, arriving in the early hours of Wednesday, much earlier than last year’s Angus (late November). We were warned of strong winds locally, but they didn’t seem to come to much. Not complaining…

Beside the Severn: Atcham

It may look tranquil, but the old A5 is still a fairly busy road. Beside it, the older bridge, dating from MDCCLXXVI, is pedestrian-only, a pleasant way to cross the river. We’re just enjoying some fresh air and a change of scene for a few minutes on a cool late-July evening, and we haven’t really earned a pint on our way home, but who cares!