Power, Poles and Platelaying: Keeping the MER on Track
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. Cliff Railways, Lifts and Funiculars
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. Narrow Gauge Album - 1950 - 1965 In Colour
Pages: 208 Size: 21cm x 29cm Hardback ISBN 9781911038498
From the wilds of the west of Ireland, through the mountains of North Wales to the rolling countryside of the east of England ironstone fields, the narrow gauge railway provided an invaluable service for around a hundred years. Valuable minerals were carried from quarries and mines to seaports for onward transport, whilst remote areas that were without any transport connections were connected to the outside world for a fraction of the cost of a full size railway, their inhabitants no longer isolated from the benefits of travel and trade. However, as roads improved and the motor vehicle gained the upper hand, this way of life began to come under increasing threat and by the 1950s the narrow gauge systems that remained faced a bleak future.
Several of the lines featured within this book were saved: the Welshpool & Llanfair, the Ffestiniog, the Talyllyn and the Vale of Rheidol. They collectively form a core part of the narrow gauge lines of North Wales that now attract tourists in their thousands, together with the Snowdon Mountain Railway. The Isle of Man Railway has its own chapter (26 pages) and the present day operation is much reduced from the 1950s and 1960s era depicted in the book, This is a chance to enjoy many of these lines and their myriad of sturdy locomotives that worked them and all in glorious colour. One Horse Power - The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Since 1876
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. Regional Tramways - Wales, Isle of Man and Ireland Post 1945
Pages:179 Size: 22cm x29cm Hardback ISBN 9781473861909
In this book the author examines the history of the tramways in the Isle of Man, Ireland and Wales. With three different legislative frameworks, the history of the systems covered are very different ranging from the island's Douglas Bay Horse Tramway through to the new Luas system operating in Dublin.
Fully illustrated throughout with monochrome and colour illustrations and including the Douglas Horse Trams, Douglas Cable Tramway, Manx Electric Railway and Snaefell Mountain Railway, this book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the history of trams both past and present in the British Isles. Manx Electric Railway Past & Present
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 unique
tramway, 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. Narrow Gauge Branch Lines: Isle of Man Railway Journey
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. Narrow Gauge Branch Lines: Douglas - Laxey - Ramsey
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.
Narrow Gauge Branch Lines: Douglas to Ramsey
Pages:121 Size:24x17cm Hardback ISBN 9781904474395
This railway line was one of the least used steam routes on the Isle of Man and has a special charm of its own. The scenic delights and antiquated rolling stock made the journey most memeomorable. This book enables you to relive the nostalgia.
Narrow Gauge Branch Lines: Douglas to Peel
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.
Narrow Gauge Branch Lines: Douglas to Port Erin
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.
Trains and Trams of the Isle of Man (Second Edition)
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. By Whing to Port Soderick - The Story of the Manx Marine Drive
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. The Railways and Tramways of Laxey
Pages: 174 Size: 22cm x 30cm Hardback ISBN: 9780956455390
One hundred and fifty years ago Laxey was home to one of the richest lead mines in Britain. In one year the Great Laxey Mine produced over 11,000 tons of zinc ore, as much as all the other mines in Britain added together! In this book Laxey redident and historian Andrew Scarffe relates the many tramways and railways which were associated with the Great Laxey Mine plus a few that were proposed but never built.
Uniquely in British mining, Great Laxey used two tiny steam locomotives, Ant and Bee, to haul the mined ore from deep underground to the Washing Floors, where the ore was prepared for sale. Both were unfortunately scrapped in the 1930s following the closure of the mine. Seventy years later the Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust began the restoration of the surface section of the former tramway using replicas of the orginal locomotives. To bring the history of Laxey's tramways fully up to date, the story of the rebirth of the Great Laxey Mine Railway, as it is known, is fully related. Laxey's harbour facilities were poor and a number of steam railways connecting Douglas with Laxey were proposed. This book also recalls the fascinating and unfulfilled proposals. When a railway was eventually built, somewhat ironically it was to be an electric tramway for tourists and the Great Laxey Mine was ignored. Previously unpublished information describes the construction of the famous Manx Electric Railway. Lavishly illustrated throughout, almost all of the photographs, plans and builders drawings have not been previously published. Isle of Man Railways - 140th Anniversary 1874-2014
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. Stops Along the Manx Electric Railway
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. The Isle of Man Railway Colour Photographs 1963 - 1971
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. The Manx Electric & Snaefell Mountain Railways - A Modeller's Inspiration
Pages:180 Size 21cm x 30cm Paperback ISBN 9780905587059
The author of this book gives us a brief history of the Manx Electric Railway and the Snaefell Mountain Railway together with fine pictures of the environement in which they run. He has done so with the knowledge of an historian but from the perspective of a modeller. The book is not just however for the model maker, it will be of equal interest to a transport enthusiast or a visitor to the Island.
Trains of the Isle of Man Post Nationalisation (Transport Features of the Isle of Man Series)
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.
Trains of the Isle of Man The Ailsa Years (Transport Features of the Isle of Man Series)
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.