UPDATED: MER services halted by overturned tram

Re-railing derailed MER trailer car at Laxey Station.

Re-railing derailed MER trailer car at Laxey Station.

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This was the scene at Laxey this morning after a Manx Electric Railway tram overturned.

Services between Laxey and Ramsey remain suspended following the incident by the road crossing outside Laxey station.

The vintage trailer car overturned while being shunted and there were no passengers on board at the time.

MER services between Douglas and Laxey and the Snaefell Mountain Railway are running as usual.

A spokesman for Isle of Man Railways apologised to customers for any inconvenience.

She said: ‘MER services remain suspended between Laxey and Ramsey today following an incident that occurred around 10.10am this morning.

‘During a standard operational manoeuvre, tram no. 58 derailed and toppled onto its side just north of Laxey station. The incident occurred between the main road crossing and Mines Road crossing.

‘No. 58, a winter trailer that dates from 1904, was not in public service at the time and no passengers were on board during what was a routine shunt.

‘A full investigation into the incident is underway to establish the cause of the derailment.’

Tram services will not resume between Laxey and Ramsey until the line is cleared, which is likely to be midday tomorrow (Wednesday).

A road closure will be required later today to enable engineers to recover the trailer.

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