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Monday, August 17, 2015
Celebrating 120th Anniversary of the Snaefell Mountain Railway
the Snaefell Mountain Railway still going strong and as popular as ever,
special celebrations will mark the network's 120th anniversary on the summit on
the 20 August.
will be special trams and activities throughout the day, which will culminate
in the inaugural presentation of a specially commissioned forty minute work for
a chamber ensemble, which will be performed inside the Summit Restaurant and
simultaneously relayed over loudspeakers across the surrounding countryside.
will commence early in the afternoon with a celebration tram tour departing from
Laxey, including onboard commentary from local tram historian and author,
Andrew Scarffe. He has co-ordinated a transport enthusiast's programme whereby
passengers will be able to enjoy a number of photo opportunities on the
mountain ascent, and a tour of the Snaefell car shed.
in the day a parallel run of trams leaving the summit of Snaefell is also
will also be plenty of activities to keep visitors occupied at the Summit
Restaurant, where a look-alike of the
nineteenth century railway pioneer, Alexander Bruce, will welcome passengers as
they step down from the trams.
by local sculptor Anne Smart and Manx artist Michael Starkey, inspired by the
theme of the anniversary, will be on display at the summit, together with a
special photographic exhibition.
The Bungalow (possibly 1893)
'Dog' Callister will also be leading guided walks on the mountain top in a bid
to explore the flora and fauna in the area.
celebrations will conclude during the evening with a re-enactment of the
official opening ceremony and the above mentioned musical performance of Seven
Kingdoms by Ramsey based composer Tim Price.
will also be broadcast live on Manx Radio throughout the afternoon and evening.
trams will operate throughout the afternoon, but advance booking is recommended
for the celebration tram tour and those operating during the evening by phoning
697457 to reserve your seat.
tram fares apply with Go Explore and annual Smart Cards accepted.
addition, on the following day there will be one of the popular Snaefell Sunset
Dinners in the Summit Restaurant, when there will be a further opportunity to
view the artwork and photographic displays.
bookings should be made by phoning 673631.