The Snaefell Mountain Railway joins the village of Laxey with the summit of Snaefell, at 2,036 feet above sea level the highest point on the island. The line is 5 miles (8 km) long, is built to 3′ 6″ gauge. It uses a Fell Incline Railway System centre rail for braking on the steep gradients. The railway occasionally uses the centre rail for braking only; the cars are all now equipped with rheostatic braking, which meets all normal braking needs.
No. 5 arrives back from the summit. Note the bow pantograph collectors, and the decided bow in the bodywork – that is newer than the other carriages, as it was replaced (without a clerestory roof) after a fire. Also the ‘narrow gauge’ (well, 6″ less) Manx Electric lines in the foreground.
And awaits the return run….
No. 4, showing the Fell braking system attached to the bogies….
No. 1 seems to have added rail brakes on the bogies?
Ron sets off for the summit….
No. 1 (and Ron) arrive….
The views are worth the ride – on a clear day!
Next post, a visit to the Manx Electric Railway workshops.