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Description based on material supplied by the layout owner
By the summer of 1964, the Isle of Man Steam Railway was a shadow of its former self. Tourists had not returned to the island after the Second World War and the halcyon days of the 1920s and 1930s were now a distant memory. After the boom years, short trains with few passen- gers were now the order of the day.
Mannin Middle assumes the Foxdale branch had been extended southwards to form a junction with the southern line at Ballasalla. Although passing through a largely rural area which did not contribute much passenger traffic, the route would have been useful as a means of travelling from the south to the north of the island thus avoiding Douglas.
The northern routes from Douglas to Peel and Ramsey closed in 1968. However the southern line remains open and it is still possible to travel from Douglas to Port Erin through the beautiful rolling Manx country- side in a wooden bodied coach hauled by a 19th century steam locomotive.
The layout was originally built by Hugh Freeman of Kenilworth and was purchased by the present owner in 1999. Following an extended period of storage the layout has been restored and renovated to its current condition.
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