Jack drifts down towards Leadhills station © Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011 Tuesday dawned bright and sunny - the forecast suggested it would be the best of the week - so a sizeable contingent decided to head for Laxey and Snaefell. A very pleasant introduction to the Manx Electric Railway preceded our run up the mountain, where I left those who managed to get on the first tram, checked out the summit, then set off to walk back down, photographing the SMR trams on the way. Arriving back at Laxey around lunchtime, I found Dave who joined me for a pint and sandwich at the Mines Tavern, followed by a run up the coast to Ramsey and back. We continued our ride as far as Baldrine, where we sought a reasonable location for a photo or two of car no 1 on a special working hauling two trailers. Tuesday evening was marked by the "shunt and night photography" session at Douglas station. This was great fun, with an amazing assortment of single, double and (eventually) triple-headed departures, interspersed with some to-ing and fro-ing by the MER tramcar with its diesel generator van in tow. Finally, the scrum for posed night shots (after a swift pint to let the sky darken sufficiently)
Car no 2 climbs Snaefell; Sulby Reservoir in the background Car no 1 crosses the TT route, Bungalow SMR Car no 3 descends near Laxey MER and SMR at Laxey MER car no 26 near Baldrine Car no 1 and two trailers near Baldrine Low light at Douglas Steam line-up, Douglas No 1 Sutherland poses at Douglas "Caledonia" at Douglas