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Manx Electric Railway, Derby Castle terminus
Derby Castle, Douglas, Isle of Man
Manx Electric Railway, Derby Castle terminus
associated engineer
Frederick Saunderson
William Knowles
date  1892 - 1893, 1894, 1899
era  Victorian  |  category  Railway  |  reference  SC395774
ICE reference number  HEW 941
photo  Paul Dunkerley
A 3ft (914mm) gauge electric tramway that runs from Derby Castle in Douglas to Ramsey via Laxey on the Isle of Man, a distance of some 27km. This is now the longest tram ride you can take in Britain.
A company named Douglas Bay Estate Ltd was registered on 10th September 1892 in order to finance the first 4km of the route — from the southern terminus at Derby Castle to Groundle Glen. The single line track opened on 7th September 1893. A second track was added the following year.
The line was then extended in stages — first off by the Douglas & Laxey Coast Electric Tramway Company Ltd, who extended it to Laxey. This section was built by Brebner and opened on 28th July 1894. The line includes a viaduct of three 6m spans at Groundle.
Also in 1894, the company changed its name to Isle of Man Tramways & Electric Power Company Ltd, and named a new company engineer for the next section (to Ramsey) — William Knowles. Work then commenced extending the line to Ballure with contrac?????A??
Research: PD
"Isle of Man Tramways" by F.K. Pearson
David & Charles, Newton Abbot, 1970
"Manx Electric Railway — Snaefell Mountain Railway"
Graphic Serives Ltd, Douglas
reference sources   CEH North

Manx Electric Railway, Derby Castle terminus