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Cliff Railways, Lifts and Funiculars

Cliff Railways, Lifts and Funiculars

Author: Martin Easdown

Pages: 96 Size: 23.50cm x 16.50cm Paperback

14.99

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.


One Horse Power - The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Since 1876

One Horse Power - The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Since 1876

Author: Barry Edwards

Pages: 96 Size: 21cm x 21cm Hardback

16.95

****DUE FOR PUBLICATION - NOVEMBER 2018***

The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway opened on 7 August 1876, just over 142 years ago, at a time when tourism on the Island was flourishing and 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, declining passenger numbers and in more recent times, abandoned by Douglas Corporation, the tramway has merged 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.


Manx Electric Railway Past & Present

Manx Electric Railway Past & Present

Author: George Hobbs

Pages: 140 Size: 21cm x 30cm Paperback ISBN 9781908060143

19.95

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

Narrow Gauge Branch Lines: Isle of Man Railway Journey

Author: Tom Heavyside

Pages: 96 Size: 24cm x 17cm Hardback ISBN: 9781910356029

18.95

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

Narrow Gauge Branch Lines: Douglas - Laxey - Ramsey

Author: Tom Heavyside

Pages:96 Size:17cm x 24cm Hardback ISBN 9781906008758

18.95

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

Narrow Gauge Branch Lines: Douglas to Ramsey

Author: Tom Heavyside

Pages:121 Size:24x17cm Hardback ISBN 9781904474395

18.95

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

Narrow Gauge Branch Lines: Douglas to Peel

Author: Tom Heavyside

Pages: 96 Size: 24x17cm Hardback ISBN 9781901706888

18.95

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

Narrow Gauge Branch Lines: Douglas to Port Erin

Author: Tom Heavyside

Pages: 96 Size: 24x17cm Hardback ISBN 9781901706550

18.95

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)

Trains and Trams of the Isle of Man (Second Edition)

Author: Barry Edwards

Pages: 160 Size 28cm x 22cm Hardback ISBN 9781907945939

21.50

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

By Whing to Port Soderick - The Story of the Manx Marine Drive

Author: George Hobbs

Pages: 52 Size: 21cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9781908060129

7.50

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

The Railways and Tramways of Laxey

Author: Andrew Scarffe

Pages: 174 Size: 22cm x 30cm Hardback ISBN: 9780956455390

20.00

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

Isle of Man Railways - 140th Anniversary 1874-2014

Author: Gordon Edgar

Pages: 96 Size: 16cm x 24cm Paperback ISBN 9781445639642

14.99

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

Stops Along the Manx Electric Railway

Author: George Hobbs

Pages: 140 Size: 21cm x 30cm Paperback ISBN 9781908060099

18.95

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

The Isle of Man Railway Colour Photographs 1963 - 1971

Author: Eric Bird

Pages: 106 Size: 23cm x 30cm Paperback ISBN 9780900586439

14.95

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.


Manx Electric Railway Saga

Manx Electric Railway Saga

Author: Robert Hendry

Pages: 144 Size: 22cm x 30cm Hardback ISBN 9781874422822

38.80

The author knew the Manx Electric Railway from childhood and through family contacts, he enjoyed access to MER headquarters for over 60 years. Privy to what was happening behind the scenes for decades, Robert and his father built up a unique colour photograph archive that is the heart of this book, supplemented by earlier black and white views. Apart from over 250 stunning photographs, many so far unpublished, unrestricted access to MER records has permitted a new light on freight services on this interurban electric railway, on the long abandoned MER "power stations", and on the secret battles to keep the MER alive.


The Manx Electric & Snaefell Mountain Railways - A Modeller's Inspiration

The Manx Electric & Snaefell Mountain Railways - A Modeller's Inspiration

Author: Robin Winter

Pages:180 Size 21cm x 30cm Paperback ISBN 9780905587059

22.00

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)

Trains of the Isle of Man – Post Nationalisation (Transport Features of the Isle of Man Series)

Author: Stan Basnett

Pages: 96 Size: 21x30cm Paperback ISBN 9781899602049

15.00

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)

Trains of the Isle of Man – The Ailsa Years (Transport Features of the Isle of Man Series)

Author: Stan Basnett

Pages: 96 Size: 21x30cm Paperback ISBN 9781899602636

15.00

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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