Replica Running-In Board Union Mills
After meeting with Braddan Commissioners in 2015, the Association was pleased to be able to assist with their ongoing work to improve the area between Braddan Bridge and Union Mills by designing and funding a replica running-in board at the site of Union Mills Station on the Heritage Trail (the footpath which now occupies the former Douglas to Peel railway trackbed). The sign was installed by volunteers from the Association in January 2016.
The running-in board is in the style of two such boards that were to be found at the station prior to its closure in September 1968. It was decided to make the replica sign from powder coated aluminium to offer longer low maintenance life-span, rather than use traditional timber which would require painting every couple of years. The Association has an interest in both protecting and promoting the heritage of the former Isle of Man Railway lines to Peel, Ramsey and Foxdale, as well as the remaining open section from Douglas to Port Erin. The board complements No.2 Crane which has been on display at the site for many years since the creation of the Heritage Trail. The sign was followed by a similar one at Peel Station.