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Trains of the Isle of Man

The Ailsa Years



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Trains of the Isle of Man by Stan Basnett
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This second book in the Transport Features series on the Isle of Man Railway tells the story of the period between 1967 and 1978 which was the most turbulent period of its history. Although longer than the actual period of Lord Ailsa's stewardship it covers the period after he surrendered his lease up to the point that the IOM Government belatedly stepped in and rescued the Port Erin line from extinction. The whole period owed much to the investment that Lord Ailsa put into the railway and laid the foundations for the eventual purchase by Government who had failed in their efforts to persuade the Isle of Man Railway Company to operate the line as a subsidised tourist attraction. The story is told in pictures form the authors personal point of view and includes some unusual photographs of the removal of the Peel, Ramsey and Foxdale lines.
Release date NZ
October 1st, 2008
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
b/w & colour photos
Lily Publications
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