Manx Electric Railway rolling stock

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This page details the rolling stock on the Manx Electric Railway on the Isle of Man, which is unique insofar as the railway still operates with all of its original tramcars and trailers, all of which are over one hundred years old, the latest dating from 1906. Save for a fire in which several cars and trailers were lost in 1930, all of the line's original rolling stock remains extant though many items have been out of use for a number of years, largely due to the decrease in tourism that the island has experienced over the last thirty years. Despite this, members of each class are still represented in situ today, though not all are in original form or in regular traffic.

Motors[edit]

M.E.R. "Tunnel" Class Car No. 6
Key: Departmental Use In Storage Servicable Lost
No. Year Builder Type Livery Seats Livery Notes Notes
No.1 1893 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Unvestibuled Saloon Red, White & Teak 34 House 1930s Style ~
No.2 1893 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Unvestibuled Saloon Red, White & Teak 34 House 1930s Style ~
No.3 1893 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Unvestibuled Saloon ~ 34 ~ Lost 1930 Shed Fire
No.4 1894 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Vestibuled Saloon ~ 36 ~ Lost 1930 Shed Fire
No.5 1894 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Vestibuled Saloon Red, White & Teak 32 Standard Livery ~
No.6 1894 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Vestibuled Saloon Maroon, White & Teak 36 Late Edwardian Livery ~
No.7 1894 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Vestibuled Saloon Blue, Ivory & Teak 36 Original Livery Rebuilt 2010-2013
No.8 1894 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Vestibuled Saloon ~ 36 ~ Lost 1930 Shed Fire
No.9 1894 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Vestibuled Saloon Red, White & Teak 36 Standard Livery Illuminated Car
No.10 1895 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Vestibuled Saloon Allover Grey None Freight Livery Cattle Car, Stored
No.11 1895 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Vestibuled Saloon ~ 38 ~ Scrapped 1926
No.12 1895 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Vestibuled Saloon ~ 38 ~ Scrapped 1927
No.13 1895 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Vestibuled Saloon ~ 38 ~ Scrapped 1957
No.14 1898 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Original Maroon 56 Restored To Original Undergoing Rebuild 2014-2018
No.15 1898 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red & White 56 ~ Withdrawn 1973
No.16 1898 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red & White 56 House-Style Livery
No.17 1898 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red & White 56 ~ Withdrawn 1973
No.18 1898 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack White & Red 56 ~ Withdrawn 2000
No.19 1899 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Winter Saloon Maroon, Cream & Teak 48 'Original' Livery
No.20 1899 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Winter Saloon Red, White & Teak 48 Former 1970s Style
No.21 1899 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Winter Saloon Green & White 48 Nationalisation Livery
No.22 1899 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Winter Saloon Red, White & Teak 48 Standard Livery Rebuilt 1991-1993
No.23 1900 I.o.M.T.& E.P. Co., Ltd. Locomotive Green & Grey N/A I.o.M.T. & E.P. Co. Withdrawn 1996 & Stored
No.24 1898 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack ~ 56 ~ Lost 1930 Shed Fire
No.25 1898 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red & White 56 ~ Withdrawn 2005
No.26 1898 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red & White 56 ~ Withdrawn 2009
No.27 1898 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Yellow, Red & White N/A Non-Standard Livery Departmental Use
No.28 1898 E.R.T.C. Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red & White 56 ~ Withdrawn 1970
No.29 1904 E.R.T.C. Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red & White 56 ~ Withdrawn 1979
No.30 1904 E.R.T.C. Co, Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red & White 56 ~ Withdrawn 2000
No.31 1906 E.R.T.C. Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red & White 56 ~ Withdrawn 2002
No.32 1906 United Electric Car Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Green & White 56 Nationalisation Livery ~
No.33 1906 United Electric Car Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red & White 56 House-Style Livery
No.34 1995 Isle of Man Transport Not Applicable Yellow & Black ~ Non-Standard Livery Departmental Use

Trailers[edit]

Restored M.E.R. Trailer No. 37
Key: Departmental Use In Storage Servicable Lost
No. Year Builder Type Livery Seats Livery Notes Notes
No.34 1893 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack ~ 44 ~ Lost 1930
No.35 1893 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack ~ 44 ~ Lost 1930
No.36 1893 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red, White & Teak 44 Plain 'House' Style Withdrawn 1971
No.37 1893 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red, White & Teak 44 Lined 'House' Style Withdrawn 2009
No.38 1893 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack ~ 44 ~ Lost 1930
No.39 1893 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack ~ 36 ~ Lost 1930
No.40 1930 Englis Electric Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red, White & Teak 44 Standard Replacement For 1930 Loss
No.41 1930 English Electric Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red, White & Teak 44 Standard Replacement For 1930 Loss
No.42 1903 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red, White & Teak 44 Standard Paired Car No.20
No.43 1903 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red, White & Teak 44 Standard Paired Car No.21
No.44 1903 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red, White & Teak 44 Standard Paired Car No.22
No.45 1896 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. None Black & Yellow N/A Non-Standard Flatbed Trailer
No.46 1899 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red, White & Teak N/A Standard ~
No.47 1899 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red, White & Teak Standard Paired Car No.6
No.48 1899 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Blue, Cream & Teak N/A Original Style Paired Car No.7
No.49 1893 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Maroon, Cream & Trak 44 Restored To Original Withdrawn 2008
No.50 1893 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red & White 44 Plain 'House' Style Withdrawn 1978
No.51 1893 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Maroon & White 44 Approximate Original Livery Paired Car No.1
No.52 1898 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Flatbed Black & Yellow N/A Non-Standard Flatbed Trailer
No.53 1893 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack White & Red 44 Plain 'House' Style Withdrawn 1978
No.54 1893 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack White & Teak, Red Dash 44 Plain 'House' Style Withdrawn 1971
No.55 1904 E.R.T.L. Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red & White 44 Isle of Man Railways (1980s) Withdrawn 1997
No.56 1904 E.R.T.L. Co., Ltd. Disabled Saloon Red, White & Teak Varies Standard Lined
No.57 1904 E.R.T.L. Co., Ltd. Winter Saloon Red, White & Teak 32 Isle of Man Transport
No.58 1904 E.R.T.L. Co., Ltd. Winter Saloon Red, White & Teak 32 Standard Variant
No.59 1895 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Winter Saloon Blue, Cream & Teak 18 Isle of Man Tramways (As Built) Royal Trailer
No.60 1896 G.F. Milnes & Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red & White 44 Standard Lined Paired Car No.16
No.61 1906 United Electric Car Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Red & White (Teak Dash) 44 Standard Lettered Paired Car No.33
No 62 1906 United Electric Car Co., Ltd. Roofed Toastrack Green & White 44 Nationalisation Livery Paired Car No.32

Others[edit]

Car No. 34 (Snaefell No. 7 Maria)
Bertie
a contractors' locomotive used when relays were being undertaken and subsequently purchased for permanent way use.
Bungle & Zippy
purchased second-hand from Bord na Móna in 2008 and refurbished on-island for further use on the railway.
Bonner Wagons
road-rail dual purpose wagons dating from the earliest days of the line, none of which are extant today.
Aachen 1010
bought for use but never converted, spending much of its life as a storage car at the railway's depot.
Car CCFL 360 in 1977, still in regular service in Lisbon.
Lisbon car (former CCFL 360)
a Brill-Stephenson 1907 bogie car in that city’s unusual track gauge of 900 mm (2 ft 11 716 in), bought for conversion to Manx Electric Railway’s almost identical 3 ft (914 mm) gauge, — conversion never implemented due to clearance difficulties; vehicle now in off-site storage on the island.
Dreadnought Trailers
bogie open wagons with removable sides used for a variety of non-passenger purposes, but particularly associated with stone traffic from Dhoon Quarry, now all scrapped. General 12 ton capacity bogie vehicles.
Four Wheel Goods Vehicles
from 1894 onwards the Douglas and Laxey Electric Tramway and its successors operated a fleet of small four wheel goods wagons, mainly of 5 ton, and 6 ton capacity. There were a total of ten opens and eight vans built by Milnes, Milnes Voss, and the MERCo between 1894 and 1912. Some of the vans were painted red and used for mail traffic.

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