Brake Composite F.6

F.6 is the last bogie carriage of an order of six from Brown, Marshall & Co., Ltd., of Birmingham from 1876, the first bogie stock purchased by the railway having initially opted for four-wheel stock for its opening in 1873.  It is of what was to become a standard design of six compartments being 35’ 0” long and 7’ 0” wide with a height of 9’ 4”.  Passenger accommodation is provided in five of the six compartments with the final one being for the guard; the two central compartments are designated first class, while two third class  compartments are open-backed.

The carriage survived in traffic until 1965 when its last recorded use was noted, though it was available as a spare during the tenure of Lord Ailsa until 1968.  Thereafter stored in the carriage shed at Douglas Station until the end of the 1971 season when it was moved to St. Johns for storage the following winter.  Having retained its wooden brake blocks is was not favoured and surplus to operational requirements following the closure of the Peel and Ramsey lines and was therefore moved, in one of the final ever stock movements on the Peel Line.

It was sold in 1975 to the Phyllis Rampton Charitable Trust together with a number of other carriages, and removed from the island shortly aftetrwards, where it remains in storage, the lowest numbered carriage to survive.  In 2024 the opportunity arose for the Association to purchase the carriage and reptriate it and this matter is presently ongoing.

Fleet No.:









Brown, Marshall

35’ 0” 

7’ 0” 

9’ 4” 


F.6 at Douglas Station outside the old carriage shed in September 1965 with the standard post-war red and cream livery, note the third class doors labelled as well as first class and the panelling between compartments.

F.6 at Peel Station showing the first class door designations and wider panelling between the compartments to good effect.  The black solebars are painted on, a trait of the earlier bogie stock.

F.6 wearing purple lake livery with off-white upper panels at St. John’s Station in July 1939, the panels between compartments particularly stand out in this scheme, centrally painted fleet numbers.

F.6 stored on Road One at Douglas Station in storage but ready for use at this stage designated as a spare carriage in case of need, August 1968.  Its last recorded use was prior to the tenure of Lord Ailsa.

Beneath the carriage at its present location showing the timber underframing of the earlier bogie stock, of which it is the oldest survivor, including detail of the braking gear.

The condition of the open third class compartments of F.6 in late 2023 showing the “as withdrawn” condition of the carriage with Railway Company seating moquette of the era.

F.6 stored in its present location off-island still bearing the “sold” marking from when it was bought by the late Peter Rampton together with other items of rolling stock from St. John’s Station back in 1975.  Other carriages obtained at the time were:-






In April 2024 the  Association were approached with an opportunity to repatriate this carriage, the oldest surviving item of passenger rolling stock from the railway to exist, and at present discussions remain ongoing with a view to a return to the railway for restoration and return to traffic.

(Photo: I.o.M.S.R.S.A.)