No.19 Diesel Railcar

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7’ 6”

Walker Bros.,



41’ 2¾”


Built in 1950 for the County Donegal Railways Joint Committee and purchased by the Railway Company at auction in September 1961 together with No.20, following initial trials the railcars were used extensively on winter services on the Peel Line, it being found they were not so efficient on the more heavily graded south line, particularly the climb out of Douglas Station.  The fleet numbers were retained by the railway though these were not actually carried externally for several years.  In fact, it was only with the purchase of No.18 Ailsa many years later that the gap in fleet numbering sequence was filled.  They saw regular use and were popular with enthusiasts, lasting in traffic throughout the Lord Ailsa regime.  At the time of nationalisation in 1978, in common with many other items of stock they were repainted from the familiar deep red and cream banding edged in black, receiving a black roof with cream upper panels and maroon lower sections, complete with fleet lettering but still without fleet numbers.  A further short-lived repaint came in 1982 when a blue and white scheme was applied but owing to the outbreak of the Falklands War legend has it that this was quickly redone owing to the resemblance to the Argentinian flag!  It was at this time that they were both painted red and white which was the standard bus livery at the time, and numbers were also applied to the cab ends.

By the 1990s they were largely relegated to departmental duties, years of neglect having seen the bodywork deteriorate to the point that they were not fit for the carriage of passengers.  They made some short trips as part of the Year Of Railways in 1993 but were withdrawn completely in 1998 and placed into storage.  In 1999 a rebuild was proposed and much work carried out but this was halted when it went over budget and the units placed back into storage where they remain today.  The Supporters' Association have been vocal campaigners for their restoration for several years and have had regular dialogue with the railway management to find a way forward for these historic items which have now spent the majority of their lives on the railway.  They are occasionally put on public display during summer events and still generate interest from visitors and enthusiasts alike.

August 1964 and the railcars emerge from Douglas Workshops, note the grounded carriage body on the left, one of the Cleminsons used as a bothy for many years.

August 1964 and the railcars pass through Union Mills Station, the loop line on the left very overgrown to the point the track can no longer be discerned, latterly the loop was seldom used.

Both units seen in October 2006 stored partially completed in Douglas Carriage Shed, the rebuild project having been halted in 1999 when considerable work had been achieved.

August 1963 and the railcars making their departure from Peel Station on Mill Road crossing pasing the slate-built water tower and locomotive shed; this was their usual duty.

July 1964 at the Quarter Bridge crossing on the Peel Line; this roadway has been widened considerably since the railway closed and is now th entrance to the T.T. access road.

Evidently shunting rolling stock in the goods shed during July of 1965 at Peel Station; it was common for the railcars to run with a van between them, G.5 and later G.19.

With a special service for the L.T.R.L. in September 1965 at Ramsey Station, the building on the left is the carriage shed with the canopy of the station also visible.

September 1964 and the railcars on the exposed section of the North Line between St. John's and St. Germain's; the detail on the radiator varying from the chevrons on No.20.

September 1964 at Peel Station, the attractive harbourside station shown to good effect with Peel Castle in the distance.  Do we hear cries of "...ah, The Creek!" from somewhere?

June 1999 and work is well in progress rebuilding the saloons at Douglas Station, showing the extent of work carried out and extensive use of mahogany on the framework.