The As part of the annual transport festival a genuine Manx Northern Train has operated in recent times. Fast trains, in connection with the steamers, cover the 26½ miles between Ramsey and Douglas in 68 minutes, including three stops, one of 5 minutes at St. John's, the others being at Ballaugh and Sulby Glen. stroke, wheels 3 ft. 3 in. The Isle of Man Railway (IMR) (Manx: Raad Yiarn Vannin) is a narrow gauge steam-operated railway connecting Douglas with Castletown and Port Erin on the Isle of Man. Looking northward, the outlook is strangely changed. Tynwald (local Parliament) in 1878, and no time was lost in commencing operations. ! The goods rolling stock comprises 28 open and 4 covered wagons, 3 cattle and 2 timber trucks, or 37 in all. 2 Northern are of the same type, having a pair of leading wheels Many people were saddened by the demise of the majority of the Island’s steam railway network, save for the southern line, but the collaboration of Manx artist Michael Starkey and local man Julian Edwards has brought the northern railway stations vividly to life in this pint-sized publication. The unique Foxdale Coach survives in regular traffic on the south line, and a goods van (Gr. St John's Railway Station was on the Isle of Man Railway (IMR), later merging with the nearby station of the Manx Northern Railway (MNR); it was the junction of lines to Douglas, Peel, Ramsey and Foxdale.It was close to Tynwald Hill. The scenery about the northern district, of which Ramsey is the natural centre, and reached there-fore by the Manx Northern to the yard being used, these rest on cross sleepers to which they are F) Foxdale to Lezayre (Single Third Class). driving wheels, working pressure is £31,239 18s. There are also several over-bridges on the Manx Northern Manx Northern Railway Share Certificate No62 of 1880: The Manx Northern Railway opened a line from St.John’s to Ramsey in 1879, and operated the Foxdale Railway from St.John’s to Foxdale, opened in 1886 to serve silver-lead mines. A steam locomotive on the Manx Electric Railway - geograph.org.uk - 785438.jpg 640 × 406; 102 KB "A" preference shares, and £25,000 five per cent. As previously stated the line is single, the passing places being Sulby Bridge, Ballaugh, and Kirk Michael. On the 19.4.1905 the Manx Northern Railway was taken over by the Isle of Man Railway and from then on many more services went directly to Douglas from Kirk Michael. Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: or Search WorldCat. In 1899 a new railway link in the form of an electric tramway opened along the east coast from Douglas to Ramsey. The 3rd class It connects with the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway at its southern terminus at Derby Castle at the northern end of the promenade in Douglas, and with the Snaefell Mountain Railway at Laxey.The line is undulating and passes through areas of scenic beauty. of Manx highland valley so. in Ireland. A) Manx Northern Railway (21 Tickets). In the first place, since the island must be reached by boat, it will be as well to give a few particulars of the means On the "B" shares the Government of the Island guarantees a dividend of four per cent., and the Manx B) Foxdale to Ramsey (Return Third Class). Cylinders Dia. communication with Garliestown, in Scotland ; Blackpool and Southport in Lancashire; Llandudno, in Wales; and Greenore, Railway, although they are very scarce on the Isle of Man Railway, most roads crossing that line on the level. Two 2-4-0 side tank locomotives were ordered from Sharp, Stewart and Company for the opening of the line. inch carries I ton coal and 385 gals. and Yorkshire, the better class of visitors hardly appreciate the attractions of Douglas during the season, so they, together without entering the system of the Isle of Man Railway, whilst the latter railway can only obtain access to the Foxdale This site uses cookies for statistical puposes and to enhance your website experience. Her outside cylinders are ! The time occupied on the journey to Ramsey has been shortened. wandering pedestrians. Railway by means of the Manx Northern Railway metals. [2][4] Various schemes to emulate this in Douglas were often proposed but the work was never undertaken.[5]. is the practise on some Continental railways). per square inch, capacity of tanks 400 gallons, coal capacity 25 cwt., Railway during the same period only amounted to £489 l0s. in work-ing 27 tons. The whole railway system reached a crisis in 1966 when no services operated. [11] After very little use by the IOMR they were scrapped in 1923 and 1912. A new surface has been laid on a short section of this footpath. post-glacial deposits, chiefly of loose and unconsolidated sands and gravels; the mountains sink down abruptly into a low, The Manx Northern Railway possesses but four engines, and these are of three distinct types (two of which we illustrate). popular with Edinburgh and Glasgow folks, it has been suggested to the Scotch Railways that they might, by means of express by 20 in. diameter, the cylinders are outside, and measure 11 in. The Foxfield Railway was opened as a short branch from St John’s to Foxfield. They will consist of four 3rd and two 1st class compartments. Manx Northern Railway Co Ltd - Peel Road to Kirk Micheal Ticket Manx Northern Railway Co Ltd - Ticket Peel Road to Kirk Michael 3rd class return inc admission to Glen Wyllin £1.50 There are only two passenger trains each way daily on the Foxdale Railway, but, consequent upon turns westwards and recrosses the island to Ramsey. All tickets are undated. Earlier in this article we made mention of a third Manx railway, and this line is the bete noir and cause of all the misfortunes It remains in regular service today. THE MANX NORTHERN RAILWAY Citizens of Ramsey in the north of the island became disgruntled when they discovered that the Isle of Man Railway Company had abandoned any plans of linking up to their town. The Company was incorporated with limited liability by an Act of very far above rail level, and two footboards are provided. So tempting a tale concerning the advantages that would accrue to the Manx Northern Railway from working the Foxdalë Many smaller items survive in use on the railway today, such as signal levers and various point levers inherited in 1905 and transferred around the system. John's Station, where the two portions are uncoupled, the front proceeding to Peel, whilst a Manx Northern engine backs 136pp., b/w photos & illustrations. Buy Manx Northern Railway 1st by Hendry, R.Preston, Hendry, R. Powell (ISBN: 9780950593326) from Amazon's Book Store. without making any allowance for working. In the 1890’s it was laid out as a pleasure ground and linked to the station by a footpath. of the gross receipts of has been over expended on capital account. 3 Thornhill is in private preservation in the north of the island having been purchased in 1978 and removed from the railway; No. The Manx Northern Railway. Price: £60.00. profits from working the Manx Northern Railway. It is therefore evident that the Foxdale Railway got their line worked for nothang, and, in addition, received in hard Glen-the "Manx Switzerland" -and two miles further still is Ballaugh Glen (or Ravensdale), both magnificent examples No. 6d. ii in. The Manx Northern Railway built a further line from St John's on the Douglas to Peel railway in 1879. Now in governmentownership, it uses original rolling stock and locomotives and there are few … fastened by dog spikes, the joints are suspended and made by means of fishplates, iron chairs are used on the curves to Isle of Man Railway Manx Northern Narrow gauge O-16.5 7mm scale Ramsey Kit: Condition: New. per sq. The train proceeds to a spot just outside St. A depression in the mining industry resulted in the closure of the Foxdale Mines in 1911 with the resultant loss of traffic. Mr. McDowall, however, intends to improve the standard of passenger coaches, and has already ordered two composite bogie [actually shows Mooragh Park]. no time is lost in shunting operations in either direction. Northern Railway provide one per cent. Today, many of the station buildings along the line survive and have been converted to form a variety of uses including a village fire station, several private dwellings and museum displays. the compartments, but as these have been removed, 1st class passengers are treated to an amount of leg room not usually For the Foxdale branch a special bogie coach with enhanced braking capabilities was constructed by the Oldbury Carriage and Wagon Co. in 1886. At least one six-wheeled coach has been purchased for preservation as part of a private collection in the UK but this is not publicly accessible. Cyclists visiting Mona cannot do better than travel by train to Ramsey, and make that town their headquarters, as the roads in the north are especially good and suit-able for cycling. Accept of the gross receipts by the Manx Northern Railway for working the Foxdale Railway is named "Caledonia," she has six-coupled wheels, and was built by Dubs and Co. in 1885, the cylinders' dimensions are 132 Passengers with through tickets between Douglas and Ramsey are allowed to break their journey at any station on the line. These locations are along the line. on to the rear portion of the train, and draws it into another platform at St. John's-the train now being on Manx Northern Some significant engineering works were required on the west coast section of the line, including the bridging of Glen Wyllin (at Kirk Michael) and the nearby Glen Mooar. by Hurst, Nelson and Company, Limited, Glasgow and Motherwell, and are expected to be ready for service in July. and we find Manx Northern Railway coaches waiting for us at Douglas Station; indeed, the trains for Peel are formed with The shortest daily sea passage is that from Barrow to Douglas, distance 50 miles, time of voyage about three hours. with another to Ramsey. she has a leading bogie and four-coupled wheels, and was built by Beyer Peacock and Co. in 1880. The Milntown Railway (.mw-parser-output .geo-default,.mw-parser-output .geo-dms,.mw-parser-output .geo-dec{display:inline}.mw-parser-output .geo-nondefault,.mw-parser-output .geo-multi-punct{display:none}.mw-parser-output .longitude,.mw-parser-output .latitude{white-space:nowrap}54°19′16″N 4°22′55″W / 54.321°N 4.382°W / 54.321; -4.382) was a short 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge spur off the ex Manx Northern line just south of the terminus at Ramsey, Isle of Man. The principal o2,500 ; it might, therefore, be to the advantage of the Manx Northern Railway to purchase the Foxdale, not as a remunerative A distinctive lattice girder bridge, the "basket bridge", was built over the Sulby River near Ramsey. The debentures of the railway amount to more graphically than pages of explanation :-. During 1898, the Manx Northern Railway conveyed 166,152 passengers over its system. One of the last services was the transport of fuel oil from the electricity generating station at Peel to the one at Ramsey, for which a special siding was laid. refA357 1981 Manx Northern Railway Benham Small Silk Commemorative Cover with Douglas Isle of Man special handstamp. in the concern, by the annual payment of the share of the When the people in the town of Ramsey realised their town was not going to be incorporated into the newly promoted Isle of Man Railway (IOMR) network in the 1870s it was left to them to promote their own railway as a link with the rest of the island. Special trains have been run with mails when necessary in the Assuming we have reached Douglas, we have to travel over the Isle of Man Railway to St. John's-a distance of nine miles-before ! 4 Caledonia was returned service in 1995 and remains in sporadic service (although as of 2011 it is undergoing a complete rebuild and is expected to return to traffic in 2012) whilst the first two locomotives built by Sharp, Stewart and Company did not survive. the line. Expensively constructed, they proved to be troublesome in traffic, so much so that in service after the amalgamation with the Isle of Man Railway Company they saw little further use, occasionally being used for school traffic. Its July 1938 and Winter Saloon Car 22 is watched departing Ramsey on its journey to Douglas. have been improved, trees have been planted and flower gardens laid down at the intermediate stations, and at Ramsey the Ramsey and Northern were allocated numbers 16 and 17 respectively but never bore them in service. refA357 Condition Please see full description and photo for condition report. Search. Search for Library Items Search for Lists Search for Contacts Search for a Library. Glen Willyn is much frequented by pic-nic parties, and various kinds of amusements are provided. This powerful engine, numbered 4, bore the name Caledonia. The trackbed is now a footpath. 2 Northern are of the same type, having a pair of leading wheels with radial axle boxes, and four-coupled wheels 3 ft. 9 in. Light refreshments can also be had. Co. A separate undertaking, the Foxdale Railway, was promoted by the MNR and worked by them from opening in 1886. [R Preston Hendry; R Powell Hendry] Home. in 1883. This we soon do, for, after running along the west coast for a few miles, the railway A new surface has been laid on a short section of this footpath. and Joyce, J. The time allowed at stations has been reduced. Former railway bridge at Poortown (Peel Road). The railway was incorporated Wyllyn Glen, and the other over Mooar Glen. Both were absorbed by the Isle of Man Railway in 1904. These were so close together in places that the protecting signals for one crossing stood beside the previous crossing up the line. The image was captured on my Sony HX20V camera, resized and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS6. Boiler Press. [8] In 1880, the MNR acquired a third locomotive from Beyer, Peacock and Company to a design similar to those used on the Isle of Man Railway. Today, tiny pieces of the old Manx Northern Route survive, some are easily found but others only viewable by arrangement. A simple wooden bench comprised the station's entire facilities. Kirk Michael 9¼ miles, St. Germains 135/8 miles, Peel Road 15¼ miles, and St. John's 16½ ), Rebate paid the Foxdale Railway by the Manx Northern Railway out of the earnings of the Manx Northern Railway during There are two (or rather three, as will be explained later) railway systems serving Manx-land. 11d. was obtained by a Scotch firm, Messrs. J. and W. Granger, the first sod being cut on 1st March 1879, the contractors undertaking Glen Helen, Glen Meay, and others less known, which add greatly to the beauty 4) This line branched southwards from St John’s and allowed lead and silver ores from the mines at Foxdale to be delivered directly to the dock side in Ramsey. The Manx Northern Railway (MNR) commenced at St Johns and shared a station with the Isle of Man Railway company's Douglas-Peel route. Slight shelf wear to dustwrapper, small tape repair to upper edge o/w very good. by means of a bridge east of St. John's Station, and curves sharply to the left, a separate station being provided for it It connects with the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway at its southern terminus at Derby Castle at the northern end of the promenade in Douglas, and with the Snaefell Mountain Railway at Laxey.The line is undulating and passes through areas of scenic beauty. How this arrangement has worked the following figures show In order to progress matters a separate railway company, The Manx northern railway was registered on the 17th March 1878. [1] In 1881, passenger services started operating through to Douglas using running rights over the tracks of the Isle of Man Railway.[2]. There are two viaducts carrying the railway, one across the These two locomotives were built by Sharp, Stewart and Co. in 1879. No reasonable exception can be taken to the train service and speed, the former is liberal, exceedingly well arranged, and efficiently carried out; the timetable is arranged on an average speed of 25 miles an hour between stops, so that a fairly high rate is at times attained. Unfortunately, the present train service precludes large number of people who will always travel by the shortest sea route. The Manx Northern Railway trains going towards Douglas are drawn up at that Company's platform at and ten 3rd class coaches, these are all 6-wheel vehicles; there are also two 4-wheel passenger break vans. but the railway was actually opened for traffic on 23rd September 1879. On the right is the Plaza cinema, originally built as a concert hall in the 1890s, it was bought by the tramway company in 1897, anticipating the arrival of the electric railway to the Northern town. It was constructed only in the final year of operation for the purposes of transporting fuel oil from Peel to Ramsey by rail. station has been decorated and beautiful shrubs planted. A number of examples survive in preservation (see below). Three of the unusual six-wheeled coaches survive on the island with one accompanying Thornhill in private ownership and two on the railway: one without its running gear and another in private ownership having spent 1976-1998 in the Port Erin Railway Museum. A) Peel Road to Foxdale (Return First Class). (1968) "Rail transport in the Isle of Man 1873-1968: Isle of Man Railway", In: This page was last edited on 1 November 2020, at 19:33. being fastened directly to the sleepers. Looking southward and westward, at St. John's, adjacent to that of the other two railways ; the junction with the Manx Northern Railway is a short distance The Foxdäle Railway falls at one in 49 for its whole length to St. John's, and the line crosses over the Isle of Man Railway Services to Foxdale ceased in 1940 but the odd ballast train continued to collect mine waste up to the early 1960s. interest on this portion of its capital. This arrangement allowed the outer wheels to pivot and the centre pair to slide from side to side thus allowing the coached to more easily negotiate tight curves than a rigid wheelbase. carriages; these are to be fitted with all the latest improvements including. and North Western Railway would join hands with Mr. Aslett, a through express could be run daily from Euston to Barrow, The Manx Electric Railway is an electric interurban tramway connecting Douglas, Laxey and Ramsey in the Isle of Man. diameter; other dimensions-working pressure 135 lbs. ! This engine was specially constructed to work coal traffic to Foxdale. Quite the same Wikipedia. In 1905, it became part of the Isle of Man Railway Company when that company took over the operation of the entire system, nearly 47 miles of track. ! ... Southern Railway. The Manx Northern Railway by Dr. R. Preston Hendry and R. Powell Hendry. The rolling stock deserves attention. landscapes in Britain. 50 years from Jan. 3rd, 1885, and From this point the range rolls inland in a long succession of rocky peaks, through Barrule, Clagh Ouyre, This mountainous E) Foxdale to Kirk Michael (Single Third Class). The curves are also fairly easy, the sharpest having a radius A) Manx Northern Railway (21 Tickets). It operated as an independent concern only from 1879 to 1905. [12] which it carried until 2001 when it reverted to the standard livery of red and cream. by 18 in. or maintenance ! To mark the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the last train on the Northern Line, a locomotive (Caledonia) will be positioned on track outside an original Manx Northern Station building at … For the opening of passenger services, the Manx Northern Railway ordered fourteen six-wheeled coaches built to the Cleminson system, a first on the island and using a complex system of six-wheeled arrangement whereby the middle set were not fixed. per sq. which would accrue to the Manx Northern from its own traffic. prevent spreading of the rails, and as the line is relaid, chairs are being used throughout the system, instead of the rails to complete the line, 16½ miles in length, in three months, this however they (as might be expected) failed to do, The carriages are painted with chocolate lower and creamy-white upper panels Station at St. John's, but this has been rendered unnecessary by the introduction of a new platform at St. John's on the of Maughold Head. Accept over the whole length of the Manx Northern Railway for shipment at Ramsey, and bringing from Ramsey the whole of the coal Short-lived, it did however have the distinction of being the reason for one of the last trains to travel over the line in April 1969 prior to lifting.[2]. D) Foxdale to Peel Road (Single First Class). most people making a stay in Mona's Isle. purpose of raising and lowering the signals. It is the remainder of what was a much larger network (over 46 miles (74 km)) that also served the western town of Peel, the northern town of Ramsey and the small mining village of Foxdale. Find out more. The Manx Electric Railway is an electric interurban tramway connecting Douglas, Laxey and Ramsey in the Isle of Man. The upholstering and decoration is good, and safety latches are provided outside the doors (as ordinary, £23,425 five per cent. Media in category "Manx Northern Railway 4 Caledonia" The following 5 files are in this category, out of 5 total. Scenic Lines The Isle of Man Railway (IMR) (Manx: Raad Yiarn Vannin) is a narrow gauge steam-operated railway connecting Douglas with Castletown and Port Erin on the Isle of Man. Numbered 1 and 2, they were named Ramsey and Northern respectively. The line is 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge and 15.3 miles (24.6 km) long. Furness Railway runs fast trains to Barrow from all parts of its system in connection with these steamers, and if the London (somewhat of the shade adopted by the London and North Western Railway). fertile plain. 12) was rebuilt in 1997 and remains in use on the line. water weight in working 18 tons. Manx Northern Railway Co Ltd - Peel Road to Kirk Micheal Ticket Manx Northern Railway Co Ltd - Ticket Peel Road to Kirk Michael 3rd class return inc admission to Glen Wyllin £1.50 the station and junction being constructed as they are, the Manx Northern Railway has direct access to the Foxdale line for 20 1st class and 40 3rd class passengers. Stepping-Stones in Sulby Glen, near Ramsey, Isle of Man of. All tickets are undated. At one point the new tramway company looked at buying the Manx Northern Railway but the takeover never happened. The Manx Northern Railway (MNR) commenced at St Johns and shared a station with the Isle of Man Railway company's Douglas-Peel route. Photographs Search Latest On this day Notes and Queries News in pictures Share Facebook Twitter. [6][7] The last oil train ran in April 1969. [2] The track was lifted in 1974 and the Glen Wyllin and Glen Mooar viaducts were dismantled in 1975. C) Foxdale to Sulby Glen (Single Third Class). At the time he was appointed Manager and Secretary of the Manx Northern Railway he was in the service of the Caledonian Company. Manx Northern Railway - view towards Peel from the bridge carrying the A4 at Ballaquine - geograph.org.uk - 1191257.jpg 640 × 426; 64 KB Steam train at Sulby Glen - geograph.org.uk - 1349616.jpg 640 × 511; 71 KB Mr. David McDowall, Manager and Secretary of the Railway was appointed 15 months ago, and has made many desirable improvements. Conveyances ply regularly between Sulby Glen Station and the Glen, also between St. John's Station and Glen Helen and Glen Meay. It was renewed in 1914. Many people were saddened by the demise of the majority of the Island’s steam railway network, save for the southern line, but the collaboration of Manx artist Michael Starkey and local man Julian Edwards has brought the northern railway stations vividly to life in this pint-sized publication. RAILWAY MAGAZINE who have not yet decided where to spend their summer vacation, could do a good deal worse than pay a visit A) Peel Road to Foxdale (Return First Class). The Foxdale Railway is leased for. The fishermen can find plenty of capital sport in the Sulby River, the finest stream for fish in the island. Very Good. miles. The northern part of the line was flat compared to the western coastal section, and had numerous hand-worked level crossings. Peel Road... More details. In the late 1870s, the Manx Northern Railway opened a branch from St John’s on the Douglas to Peel line, extending to Ramsay at the northern end of the island. the sub-rock is a clay slate of the Lower Silurian Age, and forms a high mountain range which ends in the bold promontory The Ramsey route had a brief boom between the wars and after World War II, but then, in line with the rest of the system, patronage sharply declined. No insert Card. 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