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.