After our visit to the Great Laxey Mine Railway, we’ll be heading for the ferry and home. This visit, to a railway significantly smaller than those we’ve seen so far, was just the thing for our last morning on the Isle of Man. Visit “Laxey: the GLMR” to find out more…
Just published to Geoff’s Rail Diaries, photos of the many and various trams we encountered and travelled on during our stay on the Isle of Man. Visit “Manx Electric Railway” – now!
…the sound of the horse trams in Douglas, Isle of Man. For more photos of this year’s somewhat-limited operations, visit “Horsepower” on Geoff’s Rail Diaries
Friday 26 July: We’ve travelled on the steam railway as far as Castletown, for a day’s exploration (and lunch, of course). Firstly, Castle Rushen – what a great place to explore! It’s not a ruin – it’s intact. When a castle was no longer needed locally, it was used as a jail, and now it’s preserved by Manx Heritage.
After the castle, we need to scuttle back to the station to record passing trains, before heading back into town, to find the aforementioned refreshments, and then walking out along the shore to Scarlett Point. Wonderful great slabs of rocks – tilted and folded, and eroded by the sea.
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…was, of course, the visit to Snaefell summit on the Snaefell Mountain Railway. We also saw the SMR tramcars at Laxey the previous day, and on the Saturday when we visited the Laxey Mines Railway (still to come…). Visit “Snaefell Mountain Railway” on Geoff’s Rail Pages for the pictures and more on the line.
Thursday 25 July: Firstly, a ride up the full length of the Manx Electric Railway to Ramsey. Here, there’s time for some exploration – a look at the pier, long closed but now undergoing renovations, followed by a visit to the small commercial harbour. Then lunch…
After lunch, we head back down to Laxey, where we’re in nice time for a departure to the summit of Snaefell (2036 ft high, the Summit Hotel declares, but that’s the elevation of the summit of Snaefell itself). It could be clearer, though the coast of Northern Ireland is visible. It’s less clear to the east now – earlier, on the Ramsey run, we could make out the English Lake District, and to the north we could see the Galloway coast.
In need of a leg stretch, we walk down the well-trodden path to Bungalow, where we’re able to hop onto car no. 2, which we saw arriving at the summit a little earlier.
We’re eating late tonight – it’s almost 10pm when we get back to our hotel, pausing to take in the sweep of Douglas Bay, before calling it a day – another well-filled day at that.
That’s what the Groudle Glen publicity tells us about this little Manx 2ft-gauge line. For photos and an account of our visit there on 24 July, go to “Groudle Glen” on Geoff’s Rail Diaries.