Back on the Isle of Man and things have changed at Douglas and on the Railway as a whole. Dubs built 0-6-0 Caledonina arrives at Douglas station with a train from Port Erin, 1415 off and after two years things look different. 22/7/2001
Caledonia has been repainted since 1999 into a deep blue livery and carries its Isle of Man Railway number of 15. In the background is diesel hydraulic No 17 Viking, built by Shoema, Germany in 1958 and acquired by the Railway in 1992. It was withdrawn in 2012.
No 12 Hutchison blows off at 160psi, whilst the train is still in Douglas station. The train has a problem which is preventing it from departing to Port Erin with the 1620 service.
A problem with a dragging coach brake causes problems for No 12. This will become the Port Erin loco for a few days as No 15 has come in for repairs.
No 15 drags out No 10 GH Wood out of Douglas shed. It will be in use for the next few days while No 15 is being worked upon. 22/7/2001
No 10 moves around the station at Douglas having just come off shed ready to start work for the day. 23/7/2001
No 11 stands at the head of a four coach train at Douglas, it will depart at 1000, the first train of the day from Douglas.
Early morning at Douglas with the 1000 and 1035 departures making themselves ready. On the left is No 11 with No 10 on the right.
No 11 nears the top of the 2 mile climb from just outside Douglas station at Keristal. The gradient here is 1 in 65. Due to the ongoing (at the time) Foot and Mouth epidemic, access to the fields was not possible and footpaths closed.
No 10 comes through the gap in the trees and will run into Port Soderick station. Trains used to pass here but a change in the timetable has them passing elsewhere now.
Santon station has been relaid and given a more important role, this is a crossing point now. The driver of No 12, working the 1200 Douglas departure, leans out with the single line token from Douglas. He will give it to the Santon stationmaster.
No 12 stands at Castletown station with the 1200 from Douglas. It has a bad steam leak around the front end between the frames.
No 12 again at Castletown, this time running in bunker first with the 1415 Port Erin to Douglas service.
The fireman of No 12 leans out and receives the token to Santon from the driver of No 11 who's down train is the 1410 off Douglas.
Rolled bailed hay forms the foreground for No 10 and its three coach 1435 Douglas to Port Erin train seen on the approach to Port St Mary.
The sun kissed platform of Port St Mary sees No 11 roll in with the 1600 from Port Erin.
No 12 rolls into Colby with the 1620 from Douglas. The station has a loop but nothing crosses here. All trains use the down loop. 23/7/2001
No 10 glints in the morning sun as it brews up in Douglas station. It will work the second, 1035 off, train to Port Erin. 24/7/2001
No 10 has now coupled onto its stock and the back lit smoke obscures almost everything from view.
In perfect lighting, No 11 tops the climb from Douglas near Keristal with the 1000 departure. A fifth coach had been added at the last moment to accommodate a road coach of passengers.
No 10 works the second train from Douglas, seen in the sun near Ellenbrook with purple and brown and carmine and cream liveried stock. It is lightly loaded to just three bogies.
No 12 is working back to Port Erin from Douglas, 1200 off, seen near Ballacostain. Note the difference in roof styles for the four coaches on the drawbar.
Just north of Santon station, the line crosses over the road on a high bridge. No 11 passes over this bridge with the 1140 from Port Erin to Douglas.
No 12 has made its station stop at Ballasalla and now gets away for Port Erin.
No 10 runs into Ballasalla bunker first with the 1215 Port Erin departure.
The driver of No 11 opens up his charge as he passes through the request stop at Santon. This station has had platforms built and track relaid since 1999 and is a delightful station. This train is the 1400 Douglas to Port Erin.
No 10 powers away from Santon with the 1435 from Douglas loaded to five coaches. The driver is whistling up for a occupation crossing just ahead of it.
No 12 heads home to Port Erin, 1620 off Douglas. It accelerates away from Santon having crossed an up train worked by No 11. The scene is viewed from the tall over bridge on the A5 road.