Isle of Man Steam Railway
The Isle of Man Steam Railway operates on a commercial basis between Douglas and Port Erin (around 15.5 Miles). The Steam railway is operated by the Isle of Man Government and is still used by commuters, shoppers, day trippers and visiting tourists. The line is a 3ft gauge. It's route is what is left of the once extensive network to Peel, Ramsey and Foxdale. The line dates from 1893 but it's use in the modern day has seen the Government make small concessions to allow try and allow as much disabled diversity as possible. The line has a large amount of plans for the future and at the time of my visit was waiting for a batch of boilers to arrive from the Severn Valley Railway which will allow more steam locomotives to come back into service. There are also big plans to enhance the current coaching stock fleet and return the troublesome General Electric Diesel to service which will assist greatly with the current locomotive availability.