Isle of Man Railway

Gauge: 3ft (915mm)

 

Collection Objects

Number Railway Object Type Description Image
TYWRM:IOM001 Isle of Man Railway axlebox cover wagon axlebox cover with "IMR" cast in serifed letters file IOM001.jpg
TYWRM:IOM002 Isle of Man Railway tickets set of train tickets file IOM002.jpg
TYWRM:IOM006 Isle of Man Railway axlebox cover cast iron wagon axlebox cover marked with Legs of Man emblem file IOM006.jpg
TYWRM:IOM007 Isle of Man Railway windlass signal windlass by A. Linley and Company; Birmingham file IOM007.jpg
TYWRM:IOM008 Isle of Man Railway lever hand operated point lever with weight marked 'IMR'; 1 1/2" letters file IOM008.jpg
TYWRM:IOM010 Isle of Man Railway wagon plate plate marked 'BROWN MARSHALLS AND COMPANY; LIMITED BUILDERS BIRMINGHAM' file IOM010.jpg
TYWRM:IOM011 Isle of Man Railway wagon plate plate marked 'THE ASHBURY RAILWAY CARRIAGE AND WAGON COMPANY LIMITED' file IOM011.jpg
TYWRM:IOM013 Isle of Man Railway lamp signal lamp marked 'LAMP MFG AND RLY SUPPLIES LIMITED'
TYWRM:IOM014 Isle of Man Railway panel display panel containing axlebox covers; crockery; headboard; copies of documents; etc.
TYWRM:IOM016 Isle of Man Railway single line ticket three used train tickets; a) white; St. Johns to Crosby; b) pink; Crosby to Union Mills; c) orange; Union Mills to Douglas file IOM016.jpg
TYWRM:IOM017 Isle of Man Railway traffic returns IMR daily traffic returns-Foxdale 24/2/1940 and 12/4/1941-St Johns 30/12/1939
TYWRM:IOM018.1 Isle of Man Railway signal IMR signal mounted on replica post file IOM18-1.jpg
TYWRM:IOM018.2 Isle of Man Railway signal lamp lamp from IMR signal IOM018 file IOM018-1.jpg
TYWRM:IOM020 Isle of Man Railway lever Stevens compensating signal lever file IOM020.jpg
TYWRM:IOM021 Isle of Man Railway receipt book Receipt Book of carted luggage bills
TYWRM:IOM022 Isle of Man Railway rule book Rules and Regulations 1922 Booklet
TYWRM:IOM023 Isle of Man Railway leaflet Handy Guide to the Isle of Man
TYWRM:IOM024 Isle of Man Railway accounts leaflet Isle of Man Ry Co Accounts 1899
TYWRM:IOM025 Isle of Man Railway accounts leaflet Isle of Man Ry Co Accounts 1964
TYWRM:IOM026 Isle of Man Railway ticket Glen Wyllin Kraz-y-Golf ticket 9
TYWRM:IOM027 Isle of Man Railway menu Glen Wyllin Refreshment rooms Bill of Fare
TYWRM:IOM029 Isle of Man Railway crockery Glen Wyllin plate with IOMR branding around top edge file IOM029.jpg
TYWRM:IOM030 Isle of Man Railway crockery Glen Wyllin soup dish with IOMR branding around top edge file IOM030.jpg
TYWRM:IOM031 Isle of Man Railway coin commemorative crown coin; IOM Railway Centenary 1976 file IOM031-1.jpg
TYWRM:IOM032.1 Isle of Man Railway timetable guard's pocket watch timetable file IOM032.jpg
TYWRM:IOM032.2 Isle of Man Railway timetable guard's pocket watch timetable (copy)
TYWRM:IOM033 Isle of Man Railway plaque wooden plaque with transfer crest file IOM033.jpg
TYWRM:IOM034 Isle of Man Railway plaque plastic commemorative plaque; silver coloured; IOM Year of Railways 1993 file IOM034.jpg
TYWRM:IOM035 Isle of Man Railway nameplate replica locomotive nameplate 'SUTHERLAND" file ACW001.jpg
TYWRM:IOM036 Isle of Man Railway works plate replica locomotive works plate Beyer Peacock 1873 file ACW002.jpg
TYWRM:IOM037 Isle of Man Railway numeral replica locomotive number 1 file ACW003.jpg
TYWRM:IOM038 Isle of Man Railway axlebox cover wagon axlebox cover with "IMR" cast in sans-serif letters. file IOM038.jpg
TYWRM:IOM039 Isle of Man Railway badge crest of ISLE OF MAN RAILWAY COMPANY file IOM039.jpg
TYWRM:IOM040 Isle of Man Railway ticket 60 tickets from Isle of Man
TYWRM:IOM041 Isle of Man Railway advertising poster 1930s poster from IoM Railway file IOM041.jpg
TYWRM:IOM042 Isle of Man Railway single line ticket Collection of unissued IOM Railway single line tickets file IOM042.jpg
TYWRM:IOM043 Isle of Man Railway advertising poster Isle of Man Railways Timetable poster for Centenary Year 1973
TYWRM:IOM044 Isle of Man Railway menu Printed menu for IOM Centenary Dinner file IOM044.jpg
TYWRM:IOM045 Isle of Man Railway headboard Headboard for the Isle of Man International Festival 1995 file IOM045.jpg
TYWRM:IOM047 Isle of Man Railway timetable Hanging card timetable for Isle of Man Railway - Friday October 1st 1915 and until further notice file IOM047.jpg
TYWRM:IOM048 Isle of Man Railway book Isle of Man Railway Souvenir Guide with description of the line and rolling stock file IOM048.jpg
TYWRM:IOM049 Isle of Man Railway timetable Isle of Man Railway Timetable 4th June 1967 - until further notice file IOM049.jpg
TYWRM:IOM050 Isle of Man Railway report Isle of Man Railway Company Accounts and Chairmans Report for 1969
TYWRM:IOM051 Isle of Man Railway report Isle of Man Railway Company Accounts for 1970
TYWRM:IOM052 Isle of Man Railway badge Isle Of Man Railway Company Uniform Badge
TYWRM:IOM055 Isle of Man Railway timetable Isle of Man Railway pocket timetable for 2nd October 1910 file IOM055A.jpg
TYWRM:IOM057 Isle of Man Railway handbill Isle of Man Railway Centenary Year Handbill Timetable 1973 file IOM057.jpg
TYWRM:IOM065 Isle of Man Railway handbill Isle of Man Railway Handbill highlighting Tynwald Fair Day 5th June 1957 file IOM065.jpg
TYWRM:IOM066 Isle of Man Railway beer mat Beer Mat advertising the Victorian Railway and Car Ferry service file IOM066A.jpg
TYWRM:IOM067 Isle of Man Railway pen Ballpoint pen inscribed "Isle of Man Steam Railway - Save it Now" and "Save our Railways - Save our Heritage" file IOM067A.jpg
TYWRM:IOM068 Isle of Man Railway match book Match Book inscribed "Railways mean Tourism - Save our Railways - Save our Heritage" file IOM068.jpg
TYWRM:IOM070 Isle of Man Railway timetable Isle of Man Railway and Isle of Man Road Services Ltd timetable 8th July 1963 with details of the railway and bus services throughout the island. file IOM070.jpg
TYWRM:IOM071 Isle of Man Railway leaflet Leaflet entitled "Excursion and Tours in Manxland" with map and description of tours by rail and bus file IOM071A.jpg
TYWRM:IOM072 Isle of Man Railway rule book Isle of Man Railway Co. Rules and Regulations; dated 5th April 1922 file IOM072B.jpg
TYWRM:IOM073 Isle of Man Railway report Report on Tynwold Debate over IOM Railway Subsidy 18th February 1969
TYWRM:IOM074 Isle of Man Railway report Report on ideas for restoration of the Isle of Man Railway 1966
TYWRM:IOM075 Isle of Man Railway report Report on resolution by Tynwald on grant to the Isle of Man Railway 1971
TYWRM:IOM076 Isle of Man Railway report Report on the Royal Train on the IOM Railway; 2nd August 1971
TYWRM:IOM078 Isle of Man Railway timetable Pocket timetable for the Isle of Man Railway Co. and Isle of Man Road Services; July 1934 file IOM078A.jpg
TYWRM:IOM079 Isle of Man Railway timetable Isle of Man Railway pocket timetable for 4th June 1967 file IOM079A.jpg
TYWRM:IOM080 Isle of Man Railway label Isle of Man Railway Luggage in Advance label from Castletown file IOM080.jpg
TYWRM:IOM081 Isle of Man Railway label Isle of Man Railway Delivered Luggage label from Castletown file IOM081.jpg
TYWRM:IOM082 Isle of Man Railway label Isle of Man Railway Delivered Luggage label from Peel file IOM082.jpg
TYWRM:IOM083 Isle of Man Railway booklet Isle of Man Railway Bye-Laws dated 12 June 1873 file IOM083A.jpg
TYWRM:IOM084 Isle of Man Railway leaflet Isle of Man Railway advert for Peel and St Johns including the timetable file IOM084.jpg
TYWRM:IOM085 Isle of Man Railway leaflet Isle of Man Railway advert for Kirk Braddan open-air service 1936 file IOM085.jpg
TYWRM:IOM087 Isle of Man Railway certificate Isle of Man Railway Company Four Per Cent Perpetual Debenture Stock payment certificate for half year ended 30th June 1915 file IOM087.jpg
TYWRM:IOM088 Isle of Man Railway timetable Isle of Man Railway display timetable for July 1938 file IOM088.jpg
TYWRM:IOM089 Isle of Man Railway advertising poster Isle of Man Railway Company advertising poster for the two day travel ticket; July 1929 file IOM089.jpg
TYWRM:IOM091 Isle of Man Railway ticket 79 Isle of Man Railway tickets
TYWRM:IOM092 Isle of Man Railway ticket 5 Isle of Man Railway weekly tickets
TYWRM:IOM093 Isle of Man Railway ticket 4 Isle of Man Railway weekly tickets
TYWRM:IOM094 Isle of Man Railway ticket 3 Isle of Man Railway tickets - 2 Day Tours and a Commercial Travel Voucher
TYWRM:IOM095 Isle of Man Railway ticket 208 Isle of Man Railway tickets
TYWRM:IOM096 Isle of Man Railway nameplate Isle of Man Railway replica nameplate for locomotive no.8 FENELLA sold for fund raising by the IOM Railway Society. file IOM096.jpg
TYWRM:IOM097 Isle of Man Railway works plate Isle of Man Railway replica works plate for locomotive no.8 FENELLA sold for fund raising by the IOM Railway Society. file IOM097.jpg
TYWRM:IOM098 Isle of Man Railway picture Framed picture by Richard Hendry of Isle of Man Railway locomotive no.8 FENELLA file IOM098.jpg
TYWRM:IOM101 Isle of Man Railway timetable Isle of Man Railway timetable poster for May 1932 file IOM101.jpg
TYWRM:IOM102 Isle of Man Railway timetable Isle of Man Railway timetable for 1972 file IOM102.jpg
TYWRM:IOM103 Isle of Man Railway timetable Isle of Man Railway timetable leaflet for 1976 file IOM103.jpg
TYWRM:IOM104 Isle of Man Railway timetable Isle of Man Railway timetable leaflet for 1977 file IOM104.jpg

Tourism flourished in the Isle of Man in the mid-nineteenth century, fostered by the availability of cheap steam ferry crossings from England. As the Island’s roads were extremely poor tourists tended to stay in Douglas, the capital. Various schemes for railways were proposed from 1847 onwards.

The Isle of Man Railway Company opened its first line, from Douglas to Peel, on July 2 1873. The gauge was 3 foot, adopted rather than standard gauge because of the mountainous character of the island, and the sharp curves required. August 1874 saw the opening of a line from Douglas to Castletown and Port Erin, serving the southern portion of the island.

The Manx Northern Railway opened a line from St.John’s to Ramsey in 1879, and operated the Foxdale Railway from St.John’s to Foxdale, opened in 1886 to serve silver-lead mines. Both were absorbed by the Isle of Man Railway in 1904 to give it almost fifty miles of track. Today, only the line from Douglas to Port Erin survives but at fifteen and a half miles it is one of the longest narrow gauge railways in the British Isles.

The three original locomotives of the Isle of Man Railway were of the 2-4-0 type, and were named “Sutherland,” “Derby,” and “Pender.” There were eventually fifteen similar locomotives, all built by Beyer, Peacock at Manchester. The one exception came from the Manx Northern Railway, an 0-6-0 called “Caledonia” built in Glasgow by Dubs & Company in 1885. The Metropolitan Railway Carriage & Wagon Co. supplied the original four-wheeled carriages. Later the bodies were removed and fitted in pairs on to new bogie underframes. All the passenger carriages were built low on the ground, making high station platforms unnecessary. Carriages dating from 1881 are still in service.

Tourism and the railways boomed up until 1914, but World War I saw tourists replaced by military personnel, internees, and prisoners-of-war. An internment camp at Knockaloe was served by a short branch from the Peel line, financed by the British government, but worked by the IoMR from September 1915.

After the war the number of visitors failed to reach previous totals. The Isle of Man Railway now faced competition from motor-bus proprietors. It effectively dealt with the problem by buying them out in 1929 and forming the Isle of Man Road Services group, with joint timetables and advertising material.

Interned aliens again replaced tourists in the Isle of Man during World War II. A sharp decline in railway receipts in 1940 led to a successful request for funding from the Manx government.

In the 1950s the availability of cheap Mediterranean holidays began a permanent decline in the Island’s tourist industry. The railway had problems. Winter working was much reduced and the Ramsey line was closed from October to May or June and the service to Port Erin and Peel provided by a single train, often the ex County Donegal Railway diesel railcars. The railway opened again throughout in June 1965, but all services ended in November. In January 1966 it was announced that the railway would not reopen that year. In April 1967 the Marquis of Ailsa stepped in and leased the railway. The Douglas-St Johns-Peel Line re-opened 3 June 1967: St Johns-Ramsey 4 June 1967 and Douglas-Castletown 11 June 1967.

The Peel and Ramsey lines were closed on 29 April 1969 with final engineering trains to Ramsey in October 1970 and occasional workings to and from the carriage shed at St Johns. In 1975 a service operated from Port Erin to Castletown only and in 1976 this was extended to Ballasalla. The situation became a political issue, and, following the election in 1977 services were restored from Douglas to Port Erin and on 13 January 1978 it was purchased by the Manx government. Control passed to the Manx Electric Railway Board, renamed the Isle of Man Passenger Transport Board in 1983 and subsequently the Department of Tourism, Leisure, and Transport. The Isle of Man Steam Railway and the Manx Electric Railway, along with the Island’s other vintage transport such as the Groudle Glen Railway, the Laxey Mines Railway and the horse trams along Douglas promenades are now a unique and popular attraction for residents and visitors alike.

Locomotives

1 Sutherland Beyer, Peacock & Co. No. 1253 of 1873; 2-4-0 tank. Still working.
2 Derby Beyer, Peacock & Co. No.1254 of 1873; 2-4-0 tank. Dismantled 1951.
3 Pender Beyer, Peacock & Co. No. 1255 of 1873; 2-4-0 tank. Survives (Manchester)
4 Loch Beyer, Peacock & Co. No. 1416 of ; 2-4-0 tank. Survives.
5 Mona Beyer, Peacock & Co. No. 1417 of ; 2-4-0 tank. Survives.
6 Peveril Beyer, Peacock & Co. ; 2-4-0 tank. Survives.
7 Beyer, Peacock & Co. ; 2-4-0 tank
8 Fenella Beyer, Peacock & Co. of 1894; 2-4-0 tank. Survives
9 Douglas Beyer, Peacock & Co. ; 2-4-0 tank. Survives.
10 G H Wood Beyer, Peacock & Co. of 1905; 2-4-0 tank. Still working.
11 Maitland Beyer, Peacock & Co. of 1905; 2-4-0 tank. Still working.
12 Hutchinson Beyer, Peacock & Co. ; 2-4-0 tank. Still working.
13 Kissack Beyer, Peacock & Co. ; 2-4-0 tank. Survives.
14 Thornhill Beyer, Peacock & Co. ; 2-4-0 tank. Ex Manx Northern.
15 Caledonia Dübs & Co. No. 2178 of 1885. 0-6-0 tank. Ex Manx Northern. Still working.
16 Mannin Beyer, Peacock & Co. of 1926; 2-4-0 tank. Survives.
17 Viking Diesel Locomotive
19 Diesel Railcar Walker Bros of 1950; Ex County Donegal Railways. Purchased 1961. Survives out of use.
20 Diesel Railcar Walker Bros of 1951; Ex County Donegal Railways. Purchased 1961. Survives out of use.

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