Isle of Man Steam Railway

July 2019

My first view of an Isle of Man locomotive was at Port Soderick on 30/6/19. This was the last service of the day to Port Erin.

Hauled by Beyer Peacock (built 1908) 2-4-0 loco no.12 "Hutchinson", the train draws to a halt at this first station out of Douglas.

A quick car dash took me to to Santon where No. 4 "Caledonia" passes through non-stop with the 1600hrs service from Port Erin to Douglas.

"Caledonia" was built in 1896 and is an 0-6-0.

The following day, 1st July, was our chance to ride the railway.
No 12 "Hutchinson" has just arrived at Douglas with the 1000 hrs, first train of the day, from Port Erin.

The loco uncouples and runs into the headshunt.

It then runs onto the shed as there was 45 minutes before our departure.

The imposing Douglas station buildings now somewhat overshadowed by modern appartments.

No 12 comes off shed prior to departure.

The loco gleams in the sunshine.

Reversing onto the train.

Coupling up taking place and the guard shouts "all aboard". A quick sprint - I`m in the rear carriage!

Departure from Douglas as the train curls round the engine shed and works.

Our train is now just leaving the Ballasalla station stop.