Railway charity offers cash help to open Snaefell Mountain Railway for 125th anniversary

The Manx Electric Railway Society is offering to subsidise the Snaefell Mountain Railway to enable it to run for four weeks as part of the line’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

A statement from the Society says members have agreed to transfer £9,000 to government to cover the cost of opening the Snaefell line for a month from August 8th.

The Society claims the sum would be more than enough to cover the costs: “The £9000 will be a backstop. If the trams run and do not cost the Government money then it can be used to restore a tramcar which is presently out of use, and accordingly the gift will be consistent with our objectives as a charity.”

The offer has been made by the charity in response to comments made in a Manx Radio interview on Friday, in which DOI Minister Tim Baker said there wasn’t sufficient ‘financial footfall’ to justify running the service.