All Thirds Carriage Carriage F.11
One of four carriages supplied by Brown, Marshalls & Co., Ltd. in 1881 and in regular traffic for many years, this carriage remains unbraked which partially accounts for its longevity; the latter days policy was to not favour the older carraigs which still had wooden brake blocks and these were stored at St. John's where many were lost in the carriage shed fire there on 10th December 1975; this example was spared as it was still in regular use and stored at the time in the carriage shed at Douglas Station. In regular use ever since, it was withdrawn in 2019 and extensively rebuilt by off-site contractors, returning in 2022 and in the process of being completed as at March 2023. One of two to be similarly treated in recent times, the other being F.10 which returned to the railway in 2022 for completion.
Returned to the railway after off-site restoration during repainting and finishing in October 2022 for a return to traffic the following year.
F.11 returning to the railway courtesy of our very good friends at J.C.K. after restoration, May 2022; the carriage entered the painshops immediately.
Shortly after returning to the railway after restoration and awaiting a full repaint in June 2022; the red and cream has yet to be applied.
Stripped down during rebuild whilst with off-site contractors in November 2021 illustrating the extent of work carried out to the carriage.
F.8 at Douglas Station in June of 1969, a similar vehicle to F.10 in many respects despite bein provided from a different manufacturer.
F.11 in traffic at Peel Station in June 1968, note the painted on black solebars which were typical of the earlier rolling stock in this livery.