Old mail tram is restored

Pictured (left to right) in front of restored mail van no.16 is Maxine Cannon Isle of Man Post Office Stamps and Coins general manager, volunteers involved in the restoration Liam Miller, Andrew Scarffe and Paul Marshall along with Post Office boss Mike Kelly

Pictured (left to right) in front of restored mail van no.16 is Maxine Cannon Isle of Man Post Office Stamps and Coins general manager, volunteers involved in the restoration Liam Miller, Andrew Scarffe and Paul Marshall along with Post Office boss Mike Kelly

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An old Manx Electric Railway mail van has been restored in a three-year project.

Mail van no.16 ivan was put back on track after 40 years in its new olive green livery at its re-launch in Laxey, after the restoration works.

For 70 years, until 1975, the MER carried bagged mail between Douglas and Ramsey in the special vans.

MER conductors were also enrolled as postmen to collect mail from post boxes, located at a number of the small stations and halts along the line.

The mail van was coupled with the MER tram and performed a special postal service between Douglas, Laxey and Ramsey before returning to Laxey for the official re-launch.

Guests were invited to take part in its journey from Laxey to Ramsey and back.

Once the train pulling the mail van had arrived back in Laxey, passengers then joined a crowd of enthusiasts and dignitaries to see the no.16 be positioned alongside another recently restored mobile sorting mail van.

The Isle of Man Post Office sponsorship committee sponsored the restoration.

Andrew Scarffe of the Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust said: ‘The Post Office has had close connections with the Manx Electric Railway since shortly after the line was opened and it is very fitting indeed that this connection has once again been re-established.

‘Their sponsorship gave us the confidence that the restoration project could be completed and this has been ably demonstrated today with the completion of the restoration of mail van no.16.’

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