Opened in 1893, extended to Laxey in 1894 and Ramsey in 1899, the Manx Electric Railway is a great survivor. Using electric tram cars, hauling trailers and built to 3ft gauge, for more than 125-years now it has served the east coast of the Isle of Man. From the halcyon days of tourism, the carriage of goods and mail and the running of 'Boat' cars, to fire, flood and threatened closure and scrapping, somehow the bulk of the fleet remains today, still working the same line each year and Cars 1 and 2 are the oldest of their kind in the world.
Having produced a video and DVD series from the late 1990s, latterly available as an annual review, this new series draws from a huge archive of film, shot over the last 30-years. From the good times, the bad times, events, repaints, special liveries, winter snow and much more - a lot has happened and much of it has been recorded!
Working through more than 100-hours of footage, the idea of this series is to relive the best parts of the last three decades combined with the new footage from the 21st century and beyond, featuring the recent resurgence.
No.2 in the series includes:
21st Century: The first day of service for the MER with Car 1 working a special to Groudle on 5th January 2000, cars 20 and 22 on Ramsey service and 7 and 27 on works duties.
Winter moves: A two-car eight-journey winter service operated in 2000/2001 which included various rare crossover moves and single line working, plus 19 and 21 in the snow!
Cars 18 and 31: Restored to service for the centenary in 1993, both these 'Ratchet' cars survived until the early 2000s before withdrawal again.
Summer 2001: Looking back 20-years to July 2001 with car 62 on Ramsey service and one of the greatest events of all time - a four car parallel run - with cars 2, 5, 16 and 22!
Summer 2011: A period of change with car 7 back in blue and ivory and 33+58 in action.
TT 2018: More footage from the TT race period of 2018 with 12-sets in traffic, action from Laxey and Ramsey, a ride on car 32 and the return of trailer 42 after ten years out of service.
Produced by - Train Crazy
Running time - 98 minutes
Released - June 2021