The Southwold Railway Trust has taken delivery of two historic items of rolling stock from the Isle of Man – Manx Northern Railway Coach number 3 built in 1879 and the frames of steam locomotive No.7 Tynwald built in 1880.

The coach and locomotive frames are privately owned by the Isle of Man Railway & Tramway Preservation Society, and have come to Southwold because they were in need of a new home.  The Isle of Man and the Southwold railways were both built to the unusual gauge of three foot and the coach and locomotive are both long term restoration projects.  Speaking of his delight at the safe arrival of these historic pieces, SRT Chairman John Bennett said; “We’re pleased to offer these remarkable and interesting vehicles a safe home.  While they are in Southwold it will give our volunteers many hours of pleasure working to restore them working in partnership with the IOMRTPS .  We will be able to learn and teach new skills in vehicle restoration and engineering.  One day in the not too distant future we hope to see the vehicles operating on a new piece of restored Southwold Railway”.

5 thoughts on “Manx railway stock arrival!

  • 22nd October 2012 at 3:30 pm
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    What sort of safe home will these items be given, as I understand that there is as yet no secure site?

    In addition what use is the frames and Coach given that both would require extensive restoration to be functional, so much so that a replica would have been better being built and the originals sold on the Isle of Man to save both the transportation costs and contribute more money to construction?

    Good luck to Southwold, but has the removal of historic items from the Isle of Man really benefitted the project that much?….

    • 10th February 2013 at 10:09 am
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      Both the Manx Northern carriage and our own tram carriage (ex-Fintown Railway) are now protected from the elements by a most impressive tent-like structure. Heartfelt thanks to Duncan & Sons for their continued support of our cause. This has given the Manx coach a chance to dry out, which it sorely needed. Discussions are under way as to how best to go about restoring it to its former glory, so that is one positive outcome of its removal to the mainland at the very least. The frames of loco No. 7 TYNWALD are in a truly sorry state, but at least they haven’t been sold for scrap!
      Rest assured we will publish the latest updates on the blog as soon we have them.

  • 23rd October 2012 at 12:52 am
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    As Chairman of the Isle of Man Railway & Tramway Preservation Society, I would like to thank our friends at SRT for providing a home for our unique Cleminson coach. The MNR opened the day before the Southwold Railway, and both used Cleminson coaches and Sharp Stewart 2-4-0Ts. It will be wonderful to see our coach run on the restored Southwold Railway and our board has earmarked £25,000 to the first phase of restoration.

  • 26th June 2013 at 4:36 pm
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    Stewart could I just ask for some elaboration on your comment about “giving the Manx coach a chance to dry out which is sorely needed” – given that the coach was on store in a totally dry shed inbetween the steam sheds and the Carriage Workshop/Paintshed at Douglas, and has been inside since its removal from St Johns way back when (firstly in the railway museum and later in the workshops) why does it require a chance to dry out, unless it has been kept outside at Southwold for a considerable time and got wet either there or in transit?

    At no point was the coach left outside on the Isle of Man after its rescue from beside St Johns Carriage shed (or is the damp still there from some fourty years ago, but your comment seems to suggest to the contrary which isn’t really a fair reflection of its treatment whilst on the Island. Is it just a smokescreen to justify the move to suggest it was somehow left outside in the damp?…

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