School Hill Halt

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School Hil Halt

1st December 2012

22nd March 2013

Port Erin


Bypass Road, Castletown

10 Miles, 10 Chains

Closed & Removed

Temporary stop established to serve the nearby Castle Rushen High School which was open only to pupils making their way to school by train during a bus drivers' strike on the island; a temporary scaffolding platform capable of holding four bogie carriages was erected to serve the halt, around a mile south-west of Castletown Station close to the start/finish line of the Southern 100 Billown Circuit on the town's bypass road; a marquee was also erected to provide covered accommodation and a vinyl running in board in house style erected for the duration of services.  The only other train to call at the halt was a recreation Manx Northern Railway train headed by M.N.Ry. No.4 Caledonia and the Foxdale Coach during the 2013 Rush Hour weekend.  Shortly afterwards the halt was removed.  Colloquially the area is known as the reed beds and today there is little to suggest a stopping place ever existed here.

Temporary Platform / Waiting Marquee

No.12 Hutchinson calls at the station with a school train in December 2012 showing the temporary platform on the site.

The last train to call at the halt before it was removed, a Manx Northern Railway recreation train with the Foxdale Coach.

No.10 G.H.Wood arriving at the temporary halt in December 2012 with another school train operated during a bus strike.

M.N.Ry. No.4 Caledonia with the last train to call at the halt in April 2013 with closed van Gr.12 making a Manx Northern recreation.

A southbound train passing the site of the later temporary halt back in 1974; the area is next to the start/finish line of the Billown Circuit.

The marquee that served as a waiting room and the approach area to the temporary halt showing the extent of the site.