A Restoration Project By The Isle of Man Steam Railway Supporters Association

Built in 1872 by the Metropolitan Carriage & Wagon Co Ltd, Saltley Works, Birmingham, this unprepossessing little railway van doesn’t, at first glance, seem to be of any great importance but it is an object of great significance in the world of railway preservation. G1, its fleetnumber signifying the fact that it was the first of its kind as well as being the oldest surviving piece of rolling stock on the Isle of Man, predating engine No1 Sutherland and all other surviving IOM Railway vehicles first used on the Douglas to Peel line in 1873. It is also special in a UK and global context as it is thought to be the oldest 4-wheel railway goods van anywhere in the world.

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