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Steam up for TT commuter trains

Commuters get off the train in Douglas

Commuters get off the train in Douglas

TT commuter trains have proved popular this year.

And new for TT2014 was the chance for passengers to tuck into a tasty breakfast on board the dining car including the option of a full English breakfast served on a fireman’s shovel.

The trains ran on eight days during the festival fortnight, allowing residents in the south of the island to avoid any rush hour traffic congestion.

In race week, the Monday morning service which left Port Erin at 7.45am was packed out while an estimated 60 passengers used the commuter train the next morning.

Fares were the same as those on the buses.

TT commuter trains were introduced in 2007 and have operated every year since then.

One again, the trains were pulled by steam this year - the £400,000 diesel bought in part to operate such services still not being available.

The locomotive was supposed to pay for itself in 13 years by making savings of almost £40,000 a year.

TT pictures from page 14.

 

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