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The Isle of Man Railway between Douglas and Ramsey via St. John's. In this final selection of photographs from the Isle of Man (see also here, here and here), Robin Summerhill explores the Ramsey line north of St. John's.

Above: This bucolic scene is actually Peel Road station, formerly Poortown, which was situated at grid reference SC 265832 where the Manx Northern Railway passed under what is now the A20 via the bridge visible in the distance beyond the trees. If you look carefully, you will see that the photograph depicts two separate levels: the trackbed in the centre, with the slightly raised platform to its left. Grass and cow parsley mark the platform edge. July 2014. (Robin Summerhill)

 
Above: The next station north of Peel Road was St. Germains, seen here in a photograph which is very similar to that supplied by Neil Hebborn in Photo Gallery 93, only the weather in July 2014 was even hazier than that experienced by Neil a month earlier. The station's attractive cottage style is repeated at Kirk Michael. July 2014. (Robin Summerhill)
 
Above: North of St. Germains, the old line runs above the cliffs on the west side of the island, affording views over the North Sea such as seen here in the vicinity of the short-lived halt at Gob y Deigan. The modern footpath, with its neat rows of fence posts either side, still has something of the look of a railway about it. This exposed section on the western side of the island led the railway company to install a carriage turntable at St John’s so that the weathering on each side of its coaches could be equalised! July 2014. (Robin Summerhill)
 
Above: For most railway enthusiasts, their biggest regret on this line will be the loss of the viaducts on the line, although it must be admitted that they were removed before rail trails were as popular as they are now, and possibly maintenance costs and safety issues were concerns. These are the steps on the north side of Glen Mooar Viaduct that lead down from trackbed level into the glen. July 2014. (Robin Summerhill)
 

Left: These are the steps on the west side of Glen Wyllin, just south of Kirk Michael, where a second viaduct has been removed. In the 1890s, the glen was developed as a pleasure ground and a footpath installed from Kirk Michael station. . The glen was popular destination by rail and, in 1935, the railway purchased it and made further improvements including a boating lake, tennis courts, bowling greens and an area for dancing. July 2014. (Robin Summerhill)

 
Above: Climbing out of the glen on the east side of Glen Wyllin, the piers of the viaduct are still clearly visible, although the further one is now cloaked in ivy. At the bottom left of the photograph, the pedestrian footbridge which crosses the Ballalona River river is clearly visible. July 2014. (Robin Summerhill)
 
Above: Glen Wyllin Viaduct in better days. Note how far the ivy has climbed up the pier on the right, and compare with the photograph above. Ex-County Donegal Railway diesel railcars number 19 and 20 cross the viaduct with a service to Ramsey. August 1964. (Dr. Neil Clifton, used under the terms of this creative commons licence)
 
Above: Our final photograph from the Isle of Man shows the attractive station at Kirk Michael, which now serves as Kirk Michael Fire Station. The line closed completely on 13th November 1965 but re-opened for passengers in 1967, only to close again on 6th September 1968. A freight service of oil tankers continued but, when that was withdrawn in October 1969, the line finally closed for good with the rails being lifted in 1974. July 2014. (Robin Summerhill)