Manx Electric Railway

Gauge 3ft (915mm)

 

Collection Objects

Number Railway Object Type Description Image
TYWRM:IOM015 Manx Electric Railway advertising poster framed poster; 26" x 21"; 'Manx Electric Railway for Snaefell and Ramsey; 1993 reproduction. file IOM015.jpg
TYWRM:IOM028 Manx Electric Railway headboard Manx Electric Railway "Centenary of Electric Railways 19769" Headboard as carried on tramcars file IOM028.jpg
TYWRM:IOM053 Manx Electric Railway handbill Manx Electric Railway Handbill file IOM053A.jpg
TYWRM:IOM054 Manx Electric Railway notice Manx Electric Railway Winter Timetable for 1.10.1905
TYWRM:IOM056 Manx Electric Railway book Manx Electric Railway Handbook file IOM056.jpg
TYWRM:IOM058 Manx Electric Railway handbill Manx Electric Railway Handbill highlighting Garwick file IOM058A.jpg
TYWRM:IOM059 Manx Electric Railway handbill Manx Electric Railway Handbill highlighting Ballaglass Glen file IOM059.jpg
TYWRM:IOM060 Manx Electric Railway handbill Manx Electric Railway Handbill highlighting the 5/- "Rover" file IOM060.jpg
TYWRM:IOM061 Manx Electric Railway handbill Manx Electric Railway Handbill highlighting the 2 day Excursion 'Rover' Ticket 16/- file IOM061.jpg
TYWRM:IOM062 Manx Electric Railway handbill Manx Electric Railway Handbill highlighting the 2 day Excursion 'Rover' Ticket Adult �2.00 file IOM062.jpg
TYWRM:IOM063 Manx Electric Railway handbill Handbill highlighting the Snaefell Mountain Railway file IOM063.jpg
TYWRM:IOM064 Manx Electric Railway handbill Handbill highlighting Manxland's Most Magic Glen "Garwick Glen" file IOM064.jpg
TYWRM:IOM069 Manx Electric Railway timetable Manx Electric Railway tri-fold pocket timetable dated 1st June 1963 file IOM069A.jpg
TYWRM:IOM077 Manx Electric Railway guide book Isle of Man Tramway Travels; an illustrated guide to the island's scenery as seen from the trams; with suggested visits file IOM077.jpg
TYWRM:IOM086 Manx Electric Railway leaflet Manx Electric Railway advert for special conducted tour through Manx Switzerland by Electric Car; Motor Char-a-Banc and Saloon Motor Bus file IOM086A.jpg
TYWRM:IOM099 Manx Electric Railway handbill Manx Electric Railway handbill advertising the Summit of Snaefell. Dating from the 1908 - 1936 period file IOM099.jpg
TYWRM:IOM100 Manx Electric Railway handbill Manx Electric Railway handbill advertising Laxey. Dating from the 1908 - 1936 period file IOM100.jpg

The Manx Electric Railway is a double track line extending north from Douglas along the east coast of the Island. Much of the line is built alongside the public roads but with lengthy sections away from the roads especially north of Laxey.

The first section of the line, from Douglas (Derby Castle) to Groudle Glen, opened in 1893, the line reaching Laxey in 1894 and Ramsey in 1899. The first part of the line was built by the Douglas Bay Estates Ltd. By 1894 the tramway had been acquired by the Douglas & Laxey Electric Tramway Co Ltd, which changed its name to the Isle of Man Tramways & Electric Power Co Ltd in the same year. This company went into liquidation in 1900 as a consequence of the failure of Dumbells Bank. The Manx Electric Railway was sold by the liquidator to the newly formed Manx Electric Railway Co Ltd which took over the services in 1902. By the late 1950’s the Manx Electric Railway Co. Ltd. was itself in financial difficulties, and the company and its assets were acquired by the Isle of Man Government in 1957. Services usually operate throughout the year with a greatly increased frequency in summer.

At Derby Castle there is connection with the Douglas Horse Trams: gauge 3ft (915mm); at Groudle Glen with the Groudle Glen Railway: 1ft 11½in (600mm) and at Laxey with the 3ft 6in (1.06m) gauge Snaefell Mountain Railway and the Great Laxey Mines Railway with a gauge of 19in (490mm).

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