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Author: Andrew Scarffe
Pages: 160 Size: 29.7cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9780993014543
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The Snaefell Mountain Railway was the first mountain railway in the British Isles. Opened in August 1895, it was built in only eight months by pioneering Victorian engineers at a time when electric traction was in its infancy.Today, the Victorian tramcars still climb to Snaefells summit, 2036 feet above sea level, where the mountain scenery and views are unrivalled.This book tells the story of the Snaefell Mountain Railway and also of the mountain itself. It recalls the history of the railway, from the first attempts to build a steam railway to the summit through to the present day. The rich social history of the mountain, mining, folklore and wildlife is also described.Illustrated throughout with colour and black and white photographs, many of which have not previously been published.
Author: George Hobbs
Pages: 104 Size: 30cm x21cm Paperback ISBN 9781908060235
The Manx Electric and Snaefell Mountain Railways are famed for being pioneering ventures in electric traction in the British Isles. Over the years their fleets of historic trams have continued in service with relatively few apparent changes. The infrastructure which supports their operation is a very different matter. Developing technology, modern techniques, and changing attitudes to the working environment have all affected the operation and maintenance of the heritage railways. The Victorian and Edwardian tramcars have changed little in appearance, but are now supported by twenty-first century railway practices. This book examines the civil,structural and electrical engineering needed to support the railways. It covers the railway as originally constructed, major upgrades and continuing maintenance, and includes some of the details of the changing circumstances and regulations in which these well-loved railways continue to operate.
Author: Andrew Scarffe and Barry Edwards
Pages: 32 Size: 30cm x21cm Paperback ISBN 9780993014512
****SORRY, THIS BOOK IS CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK***The Manx Electric Railway celebrated its 125th Anniversary with a week of special events during September 2018. This souvenir booklet gives a behind the scenes account of how the anniversary week was planned and describes each individual event. Beautifully illustrated throughout with colour photographs.
Author: Martin Easdown
Pages: 96 Size: 23.50cm x 16.50cm Paperback ISBN 978144560033
One of the most evocative reminders of Victorian ingenuity at the British seaside is the much-loved cliff lift.The cliff lift, otherwise termed the cliff railway or tramway, is also known as a funicular railway. The word `funicular' is defined as `of rope or tension', in other words a cable-hauled railway or tramway. The lifts were directly descended from cable-hauled railways, prevalent in mines and quarries, but also early passenger lines, where an engine or winding gear hauled loads up steep slopes. The term `cliff lift' also generally encompasses the elevator-type lifts that were erected at some resorts. This book illustrates, mainly in colour, all the principal cliff lifts and railways that have been built in the British Isles, along with associated cable tramways, since their inception in the Victorian age. In addition to covering all the surviving lifts, this book includes others which are long gone, and serves as a fine record of these charming and unique structures. Featuring in the book are the Douglas Falcon Cliff Lifts 1 and 2, Upper Douglas Cable Tramway, the Douglas Head Incline, Cunningham's Camp Escalator, Laxey Browside Tramway and the Port Soderick Cliff Lift.
Author: Barry Edwards
Pages: 96 Size: 21cm x 21cm Hardback
In this book, local transport author, Barry Edwards, tells the story of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway.Opened on 7 August 1876 and at a time when tourism on the Island was flourishing, the tramway went from strength to strength, being extended several times and with an ever increasing fleet of trams and horses. Through two World Wars, financial crises and declining passenger numbers the tramway in more recent times has emerged into Government ownership, with refurbished trams and a planned complete relay of the track, as part of the Douglas Promenade refurbishment, albeit with a single track with passing loops, from Esplanade Lane to the Sea Terminal. There are also plans for a new car shed on the existing site at Derby Castle.Perhaps most importantly, visitors and residents alike will be able to enjoy the delights of this Victorian tramway for many years to come. This book endeavours to tell the story with an informative text and a wealth of illustrations, many not previously published. Maps and a complete fleet list are included.
Pages: 140 Size: 21cm x 30cm Paperback ISBN 9781908060143
The Manx Electric Railway is famous as a Victorian survival but the fact is not as simple as it seems.The uniquetramway, like any other, exists to take people where they want to go. Without passengers there would be no tramway and so the MER has survived by adapting.Covering the eighteen miles from Douglas to Ramsey, this book contains a fascinating collection of old and new photographs. Wherever possible the new photographs have been taken from the same vantage point as the old and so show what has altered as well as what has stayed the same.
Author: Tom Heavyside
Pages: 96 Size: 24cm x 17cm Hardback ISBN: 9781910356029
This tour of the Isle of Man's steam operated railway lines gives not only the joys of the splendid trains in full colour but also the impressive changing scenery in its natural hues. The book contains 120 colour photographs as well as large scale maps and other details of local history.The author has an intimate knowledge of the island's railway lines having already compiled four other books on the Isle of Man's rail system.
Pages:96 Size:17cm x 24cm Hardback ISBN 9781906008758
The Manx Electric Railway was a pioneer in electric traction and has become a national icon. In this book a full length journey is enjoyed from Douglas to Ramsey together with visits to the Douglas Horse Tramway, the Groudle Glen Railway, the Snaefell Mountain Railway, the Great Laxey Mine Railway and the Ramsey Pier Tramway. Illustrated throughout with both historical and up to date photographs.
Pages: 96 Size: 24x17cm Hardback ISBN 9781901706888
Forming the central part of the original Manx railway system this line ran through bold and impressive scenery. This is extensively illustrated and thus the album enables the reader to enjoy a journey across the Island again on this long closed route.
Pages: 96 Size: 24x17cm Hardback ISBN 9781901706550
The combination of superb scenery, vintage rolling stock and an unusual guage make this steam rrailway one of the main attractions on the Isle of Man to this present day. This album illustrates its great appeal to both enthusiasts and visitors alike.
Pages: 160 Size 28cm x 22cm Hardback ISBN 9781907945939
This book is an up-to-date photographic survey of the eight surviving railways of the Isle of Man. The oldest of these had its beginnings in 1823, the youngest is hardly out of its infancy.The photographic journey is accompanied by informative captions supported by a short historical text describing each of the railways.Detailed maps and a complete fleet list complement this title, making it one of interest to railway enthusiasts across the world as well as many of the visitors to the Isle of Man who want a lasting souvenir of their journey on one or more of the heritage railways.This Second Edition, published in October 2015, contains over 80 new photographs and many that were previously in monochrome are now reproduced in colour. A small selction of colour images of the closed steam lines have also been included, non of which have been publiushed before. Each of the text sections have been updated to September 2015 and a couple have been almost entirely re-written following further research. Finally, the fleet list is also revised and correct to September 2015.
Pages: 52 Size: 21cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9781908060129
One of the best kept secrets of the Isle of Man is the road clinging to the cliffs between Douglas and Port Soderick. Offering breathtaking views of the sea and seals, the way is peaceful and remote. It often comes as quite a shock to learn that what is currently used as a foot and cycle path once played a major part in the Manx tourist industry and history of transport as a whole. The Douglas Southern Electric Tramway opened as a tourist railway before many places even had electricity, never mind tramways or tourists.Sadly, apart from the walkway itself, little of the tourist bustle now remains. This book however is well illustrated with fascinating images from now and then and provides a glimpse of the fun tourists used to have, and the unique place this remarkable tramway has in transport history.
Author: Gordon Edgar
Pages: 96 Size: 16cm x 24cm Paperback ISBN 9781445639642
The Isle of Man has a rich transport heritage and once boasted the largest narrow gauge network in Britain with eight railways and tramways. Founded in 1870 and opened in 1874, the Isle of Man Railway still connects Douglas with the ancient capital of Castletown and Port. This part of the line continues in operation using several of the original steam locomotives and carriages and Gordon Edgar's photography captures this microcosm of former times, with the trains set amid the beautiful Manx countryside. The Isle of Man railways are hugely popular as a tourist attraction. There is a Railway Museum beside the station at Port Erin.
Pages: 140 Size: 21cm x 30cm Paperback ISBN 9781908060099
The Manx Electric Railway is unique. Built at the dawn of the electric era, towards the end of Queen Victora's reign, it still uses its original rolling stock. The line runs for almost 18 miles through spectacular countryside up the east coast of the Isle of Man. Its antique vehicles continue to serve both the local population and visitors as the tramway has done for more than 120 years.This photographic survey illustrates every stop from Douglas to Ramsey, and shows the surroundings, infrastructure and the trams which call at each. The pictures are the result of the author's long-term interest in the MER and demonstrate that it is a living railway as well as a priceless part of Manx industrial heritage.
Author: Eric Bird
Pages: 106 Size: 23cm x 30cm Paperback ISBN 9780900586439
This remarkable collection of colour photographs from the 1960s spans the critical period which bridges the end of the old Isle of Man Railway Company and the new hope represented by the management of Lord Ailsa and his associates. This collection of photographs is particularly interesting and unusual because it is a surprising collection made by a young local enthusiast. Almost 50 years ago, Eric Bird, then a student resident on the Isle of Man, was actively photographing the 3' gauge system in its declining years. The image quality is very good, allowing for the age of the originals and the basic camera used initially, not least because the photographer was quite rigourous in discarding poor exposures. He compiled a collection which is not only visually attractive but also forms a remarkable record of the IoMR at a crucial stage in its history. The collection shows all the companies then operable locomotives at work. It is especially valuable in recalling parts of the Peel and Ramsey lines, which did not survive, while the views of the south line, both under the old company and the Ailsa regime, make interesting comparisions with the railway as it can be enjoyed today.
Author: Stan Basnett
Pages: 96 Size: 21x30cm Paperback ISBN 9781899602049
This book documents in pictures the operation of the Isle of Man Railway in Government ownership since 1978. It includes a rare insight into some of the restoration work that has gone on since that date.
Pages: 96 Size: 21x30cm Paperback ISBN 9781899602636
This book documents in pictures the operation of the Isle of Man Railway during its most turbulent period from 1967 to 1978 when it was purchased by the Isle of Man Government. Although Lord Ailsa was only involved for the first four years, the period owed much to the investment that he put into the railway and without which, it would surely have been lost forever.
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