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ELECTRIC RAILWAYS: The Isle of Man boasts two types of Electric Railways, the 'MANX ELECTRIC RAILWAY' and the 'SNAEFELL MOUNTAIN RAILWAY', the Manx Electric Railway provides a rail link between the Derby Castle end of the Douglas Promenade to the Laxey Station and continues to the turn around point at Ramsey Station. The Snaefell Mountain Railway provides a rail link from Laxey Station to the Bungalow/Hailwood Rise and continues to the turn around point at the Mountain Cafe on Snaefell Mountain.

MANX ELECTRIC RAILWAY: The Manx Electric Railway commenced service in 1893 and some of the original Rail cars are still in use today, they are claimed to be the oldest operational Rail cars in the world.

RAIL CAR No.5 ON THE WAY TO LAXEY

LAXEY RAILWAY STATION

BRIDGE LEADING TO LAXEY STATION

RAIL CAR HEADING BACK TO DOUGLAS

SNAEFELL MOUNTAIN RAILWAY: The Snaefell Mountain Railway, built in 1895, commences its nominally 8km journey from Laxey with a gentle rise to the Bungalow, from there the Rail car really starts to climb with a nominally a 1 in 12 gradient, all the way to the top of Snaefell, terminating at the Mountain Cafe and Lookout. Along the way there are marvellous views of the Isle of Man countryside, abandoned mining ventures, sheep, the Island's water reservoir and of course the TT course.

At the summit, some 621 metres above sea level, the coastline of Scotland, England and Ireland are visible on a clear day, however the wind chill factor, 'even in June', can catch out the lightly dressed. A discrete withdrawal to the Mountain Cafe is a good idea, some great snacks are available there. Regular Rail car services continue throughout the day. There are some amazing historic photos on display and memorabilia for sale in the Cafe.

RAIL CAR No's 4 & 5 AT LAXEY STATION

RAIL CAR No.5 AT THE SUMMIT WITH THE CAFE OBSCURED BEHIND

RAIL CAR ON THE WAY BACK TO LAXEY

THE SOMEWHAT STEEP DESCENT

ISLE OF MAN RESERVOIR FROM THE RAIL CAR

ISLE OF MAN SCENERY FROM THE RAIL CAR

MORE ISLE OF MAN RAILWAYS: Please continue my 'Isle of Man Railways' coverage by selecting from the following pages...

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MORE RAILWAYS COVERAGE: Please continue my 'Railways coverage' by selecting from the following pages...

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I LOVE NEW TECHNOLOGY, TABLETS, LAPTOPS, DIGITAL CAMERAS, MOBILE PHONES/WIRELESS BROADBAND, GPS, ETC.  ALL SO COOL AND 'PORTABLE'......


Copyright 2013   Derek J. Hanbidge,  (aka Deejay51),  all rights reserved.
Revised: August 25, 2013.

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