Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Shuttle operation on the SMR

Over on the sunny Isle of Man there is a little bit of motorbike racing taking place. Should you find yourself in certain southern residential areas of Douglas and on a motorbike, you better be doing 180mph or you haven't got a chance of a place on the podium.

The TT races are the biggest event on the island each year and with the course being just over 37 miles long, it's not surprising that the riders encounter one of the historic railways.

Up on the mountain section of the course, the road is crossed by the Snaefell Mountain Railway. Since racing bikes and hundred year old trams don't make good bedfellows, an interesting service has to be run on the tramway.

As you can see from the photo, the trams stop on one side of the road. Passengers disembark and then walk over the road on a footbridge to the right of the picture. They then pick up another tram that stops beside the camera position to continue their journey to the summit of the mountain. The second tram operates a shuttle service while the bungalow crossing is closed. It returns to the depot at the end of the day.

On a clear day, this is a popular trip as you can see the course for a good distance. On a normal day you can't see your hand in front of your face.

Official TT races website.

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