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Railway Cavalcade - Unique Railways of the Isle of Man

Railway Cavalcade - Unique Railways of the Isle of Man

Author: Charles Guard

70 minutes

14.99

The Isle of Man has the most extraordinary collection of transport systems in the world. Not just the oldest surviving electric tramway and the world's only vintage horse tramway, it also has Britain's only electric mountain railway, a Victorian narrow gauge steam railway, a Victorian glen railway and a mines railway with the narrowest gauge in the British Isles which leads to the world's largest water wheel, still turning today.

With all these railways running throughout the season there's a lot to celebrate and each year the Island puts on a spectacular series of events. 2016 saw the 140th anniversary of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway as well as special transport festivals featuring travelling post offices, World War II re-enactments with military vehicles, a crashed spitfire on the mountain, musical entertainment and lots of opportunities for enthusiasts to enjoy special runs on both the steam and electric systems.

This DVD covers all of the main events and gives a general background to the remarkable railways that have survived on the Isle of Man. Using the latest cameras along with drone footage, this is an intimate and remarkable record of just one year in the world's premier railway destination.


A Journey on the Manx Electric Railway

A Journey on the Manx Electric Railway

100 minutes

14.99

Travel on board Car 20 for a trip from Douglas to Ramsey with the Manx Electric Railway. This Victorian tram system runs through some of the most spectacular scenery on the Isle of Man, beginning at sea level on the in Douglas, and rising to 600 feet above the waves, and clinging to the edge of the cliffs at Bulgham. The entire journey takes an hour and eighteen minutes and with five cameras to capture everything that goes on, you'll get to enjoy the journey like never before.

The Manx Electric Railway was completed in 1899, and the cars and trailers that run on it are all original. The MER boasts the oldest tram car in the world still running on its original line, and over the years tens of millions have thrilled to the views it offers. There's a special feature on the trip - because of single line operation south of Ramsey, you'll see the process involved in reversing from the northbound to the southbound track to complete the last couple of miles to Ramsey.

Five High Definition cameras show five different angles, and you'll get to see more of what's going on, both on and off the tram. It's a spectacular ride which puts you at the very heart of the action. But that's not all!

A Journey on the Manx Electric Railway offers two soundtracks to choose from. The commentary track gives you everything - the wonderful sound of the tram accompanied by informative, knowledgable commentary to explain what you're seeing - and provides the historical background of the Manx Electric Railway. But if you'd rather just immerse yourself in the enthralling pictures and the sound of the tram's electric motors, turn off the commentary and you're good to go.


A Journey on the Snaefell Mountain Railway

A Journey on the Snaefell Mountain Railway

75 minutes

14.99

A Journey on The Snaefell Mountain Railway takes you up and down the mountain in an hour. This fabulous DVD gives a glimpse of the Victorian fascination with rail systems, which expanded the tourist industry and carried millions at their peak. With five cameras mounted on board our single car tram, the journey gives a glimpse of the industrial past of the valley of the river Laxey as you make your ascent. The Laxey Wheel can be glimpsed across the valley and used to drain water from the mines which extend for some distance, and supplied lead and zinc for export. Around half way is Bungalow Station, set beside the world-famous TT motor-cycle racing course, and marks the beginning of spectacular views of the west side of the island and the Irish Sea.

A Journey on the Snaefell Mountain Railway DVD carries an interesting and informative commentary, pointing out areas of interest seen from the tram whilst explaining the history of the line. If you'd prefer to hear just the sound of the tram, the narration can be switched off. A Journey on the Snaefell Mountain Railway is a fascinating trip to the top of the Isle of Man, and is a must for any railway enthusiast.


Manx Trains and Trams

Manx Trains and Trams

73 Minutes

12.99

This DVD captures the essence of the world's most unusual vintage transport system. It traces the development of the Island's train and tramway systems with archive photographs and rare footage, and shows how they have adapted to the 21st century.


Steam Packet Company-A Nation's Lifeline

Steam Packet Company-A Nation's Lifeline

179 Minutes

12.99

This superb production charts the unique histories of the vessels that have ceaselessly navigated their way through political change, two world wars, take-over bids, the emergence of air travel and the tempestuous Manx weather, to maintain a vital lifeline across the Irish sea for over 175 years.


Manxman and Company

Manxman and Company

55 minutes

12.99

The Manxman was craftsman built in 1955 for world's oldest and most distinguished ferry operator, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and served with the company until 1982 and in so doing became the last traditional steam turbine passenger only vessel to operate in European waters.

This DVD celebrates a ship famed for her elegance and luxury, who when left to rust became a symbol of an industry in decline. This is the story of her buidling, career in service, survivial and fight for restoration and contains archive film, photographs from collectors and contemporary footage from on-board the vessel herself. It also features exclusive interviews with the personalities who shaped the history of the Manxman and the Isle of Man shipping history.


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