August Views & Updates : 14th August

The railway has continued to be busy following the hugely successful Summer Transport Festival into August, with a regular pattern of operation of timetable “U” in force each Thursday, timetable “R” featuring Mondays-Thursdays and Sundays with timetable “S” running on Fridays and Saturdays through until the end of the month.  Throughout September timetable “R” will still operate on a daily basis.  The popular dining train continues to offer a wide variety of on-board catering until the end of the season.

There have been several evening stock movements, with No.5 Mona and No.6 Peveril returning to Port Erin Station on the evening of 8th August using No.11 Maitland as motive power which was swapped on arrival with No.13 Kissack, returning light engine.  The following evening saw No.13 Kissack take wagons H.1 and M.78 back south with F.26, the wagons being stowed in the carriage shed.  No.5 Mona has now taken up residence in the museum with No.6 Peveril in the goods shed at Port St. Mary Station.

Services have been busy and there have thus far been three cruise ship dining services in connection with M.V Corinthian, special trains departing Port Erin Station at 1.00pm having travelled down empty on arrival of the first northbound train.  In the works the Foxdale Coach is receiving further attention including lining out detail following its use as part of the festival.  M.N.Ry. No.4 Caledonia is currently in the workshops with restored six-wheeler M.N.Ry. No.6 while th season progresses.