Horse tram at Laxey for 2018 MER 125th celebration

ISLE of Man Railways will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway (MER) during September 1-8.

Highlights include gathering a trio of in-service ‘No. 1s’ – MER No. 1, Snaefell Mountain Railway No. 1 and Douglas Bay Horse Tramway No. 1 – at Laxey station on September 2, with guided tours of Laxey and Snaefell tram sheds.

The unprecedented sight of a Douglas Bay Horse Tramway tram at the Manx Electric Railway’s Laxey station. Tram No. 1 and appropriately named horse Douglas visited Laxey on January 29 for tests (with MER overhead switched off) in advance of the planned gathering of three Manx No. 1s on September 2 – a highlight of this year’s Manx Electric Railway 125 celebrations.ANDREW SCARFFE

The official launch back into service (following extensive restoration) of 1898-vintage MER ‘Ratchet Car’ No. 14 is scheduled for September 3.

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Anniversary day of the pioneering electric tramway’s 1893 opening will feature a cavalcade of MER trams running through Laxey station on September 7.

Other attractions include 1893 cars Nos. 1 and 2 making a parallel run from Ramsey to Douglas, an illuminated tram and trailer, evening photography, and special workings.

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