People Carrier No.23 

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4 (Staff)


7’ 6”

Wickham Of Ware


July 2018



This unit was brought to the island in May 1978 after being purchased second-hand by the management from the Lochaber Narrow Gauge Railway in Scotland, later seeing use at Possil Park in Glasgow since 1973 when the system closed.  Overhauled to take part in the Year Of Railways in 1993 and wearing a blue livery, it was later repainted into national transport livery in 2002 of red and cream until 2011, when it received the standard department green at this time and is present in store requiring attention.  The fleet number is carried on the windscreen in black plastic stickers, these in fact being in place long before the number was actually allocated.

No.23 in August of 2020 in the rear of the running shed at Douglas Station stored out of use together with No.8 Fenella which was withdrawn from traffic the previous October.

In February 2017 No.23 was in use by the permanent way teams and is seen here at Ballasalla Station between duties; it was common at the time for it to fulfil these duties.

Wearing the standard Isle of Man Transport livery applied in 2003, in the infill shed at Douglas Station in March of 2011 whilst being overhauled to make an appearance at Rush Hour.

In the rear of the running shed at Douglas Station stored out of use awaiting attention; it  bears some similarities to No.22 but has fixed plywood sides with doors.

In March of 2015 No.23 was stored in the infill shed at Douglas Station with one of the diesel railcars sheeted over in storage. The other railcar is stored in the paintshop.

Stored in May of 2019 in the running shed together with diesel-electric No.21 at Douglas Station, neither unit was fit to run at the time, much the same as today.

In April of 2011 No.23 took part in the Rush Hour weekend by giving rides to members of the public within the confines of the station limits at Castletown Station, seen here in the siding.

On the electric railway at Laxey Station wearing the Howard Era red livery with cream chevrons, an exercise in supposed corporate livery.

The unit in storage prior to receiving its repaint and fleet numbers in 1977 at the Loachaber Narrow Gauge Railway in Scotland; the following year it would be delivered to the railway.

During a complete exterior repaint into racing green in June of 2016 in the infill shed at Douglas Station; company crests were later applied completing the present look.

Being lifted back onto home metals following a stint on the electic railway during one of the many enthusiast events of the era, August 1997 at Douglas Station

On the siding used for Steam Under The Wires on the electric railway during the Year Of Railways celebrations in 1993 giving cab rides.