A Look In The Works : 23rd June
Empress Van F.28 is currently at the rear of the running shed at Douglas Station, standing beside a sheeted up No.8 Fenella and No.9 Douglas, on which the Association cosmetic restoration is progressing. Elsewhere F.11 is in the paint shop awaiting attention, joined by Wickham No.22 which stands beside the diesel railcars. At the rear of the complex is Foxdale Coach F.39, see lining detail below. No.13 Kissack is in the running shed having been in light steam yesterday following an overhaul; meanwhile in the paint shop new shields are being prepared to be carried by locomotives for the anniversary day next weekend.
The railway continues to operate to timetable “R” on a daily basis throughout June in the lead up to the 150th anniversary day Saturday 1st July 2023 which will be followed by an extended Summer Transport Festival at the end of that month. There is a Tex-Mex themed dining train this evening which will be hauled by M.N.Ry. No.4 Caledonia. Details of the events at stations along the line for the anniversary day were released today including a fayre at Port Erin Station, vintage machinery display at Castletown Station and a line-up of locomotives prior to the special timetable commencing.