The members of the Isle of Man Section have been asked to help out on this fantastic event. They require outriders on vintage/classic bikes to assist with the steam engines at road junctions! If you can help please contact Chris Proctor, email email@example.com or call 880335
The Isle of Man Festival of Steam 2017 will climax with one of the most dramatic heavy haulage events to be seen on public roads for many years. A road train consisting of three iconic Fowler road locomotives – Atlas, The Duke of York and The Great North hauling the Great Dorset Steam Fair twin bogie trailer carrying an Isle of Man Railways steam locomotive will be assembled in Douglas before beginning a four day journey around the Island.
On the Thursday following Easter, the road train will assemble at Douglas Railway Station, travel north along the promenade and then closely follow the Manx Electric Railway line from Derby Castle, through Laxey and Maughold to Ramsey where it heads inland to the Isle of Man Motor Museum. Arrival at the museum will coincide with the conclusion of the steam car tour with all the cars being present as the road train arrives.
On Friday, the road train will depart from the Motor Museum and head south to join the world famous TT circuit at the Ginger Hall, continuing through Ramsey and then onwards to Douglas via Snaefell Mountain and the daunting Mountain Road. This will involve a climb of 1800 feet between Ramsey and the road’s summit and a crossing of the Snaefell Mountain Railway’s line at the Bungalow. Progress will be somewhat slower than the 200mph achieved by riders in the TT Races! Following descent of the Mountain Road, the road train will continue to Port Erin Railway Station in the south of the Island.
A vintage bus will shadow the road train on Thursday and Friday giving unique photographic opportunities as the bus repeatedly stops and overtakes the ensemble. As travel on the vintage bus will be limited, advanced booking is recommended ( www.rail.im ) or the Welcome Centre 01624 662525.
On Saturday, the engines will be displayed at Port Erin Railway Station allowing visitors an opportunity to get close up to the engines and talk to their drivers and crew.
Sunday will feature the ultimate highlight of the entire event, with the road train returning to Douglas over the challenging Sloc Road. Similar to the Horse Shoe Pass in Llangollen, the narrow Sloc Road twists and climbs over 1000 feet in just five miles with spectacular views across the south of the Island. This section of Sunday’s journey will be subject to a road closure and transport to viewing areas will once again be provided by bus. Advance booking is highly recommended and tickets are available from rail.im or The Welcome Centre on 01624 662525. Without doubt, the engines will have to work extremely hard to climb the steep gradients, providing a real spectacle which will be recalled for many years to come.
Throughout the Festival, Isle of Man Railways is offering dining experiences both in the Dining Car on the Steam Railway and Summit Dining at the top of the Snaefell Mountain Railway. Ultimate Driving Experiences on both the Electric Railway and the Steam Railway are also available. For full details and tickets please visit www.rail.im.