Originally formed in 1973, the MANX ELECTRIC RAILWAY SOCIETY is charged with the express purpose of protecting and promoting the retention and development of the MER and other Island tramways at a reasonable cost. It successfully campaigned for the reinstatement and re-opening of the Laxey - Ramsey section of the MER during 1975-77. The Society became a Registered Charity in 1978.

The Society proposed the 1993 "Year of Railways", a series of events to mark the Centenary of the MER. Initially brushed off by management who had planned "a special tram with some ham sandwiches", the Society persuaded politicians who in turn put pressure on Isle of Man Transport and the opportunity was eventually embraced, producing some 25,000 extra visitors during the year, and inspired a series of follow up events throughout what was left of the 1990s.

In 1999, the MER Society vigorously and successfully opposed a new bus service, the 11B, which would have followed the same route as the MER, leaving 5 minutes before every tram and charging bus fares at least half the price. This was seen at the time as the biggest threat to the survival of the railway since the Ramsey line closure in 1975.

Since its formation, the MANX ELECTRIC RAILWAY SOCIETY has continued to offer help, advice and assistance to the railway, and remains as a resolute and constant guardian in an unpredictable and at times hostile world.

The MANX ELECTRIC RAILWAY SOCIETY is the only Island based organisation concerned with all aspects of Island transport and pursues an active and direct interest through its comprehensive and fully illustrated magazine, MANX TRANSPORT REVIEW. This journal deals with road, rail, sea and air transport topics, and is distributed free to members. As well as a round up of news and comment, the magazine contains special features, historical and technical articles and forms a vital forum for the exchange of views.

In February 2015, the Society officially launched its new website, designed to complement the magazine with historical and political content aimed at promoting interest and retention of the MER, and featuring public and members only pages and online membership to extend further the reach of the Society to a worldwide audience.

MANX TRANSPORT REVIEW (Incorporating Mann-Tram) ISSN 1462-5660 is published as the official organ of the Manx Electric Railway Society Isle of Man. The latest issue is printed in colour by The Copy Shop, Bucks Road, Douglas, Isle of Man. All rights reserved. Copyright is vested in the Manx Electric Railway Society. Views expressed by correspondents and contributors are not necessarily those of the Society. MTR would be pleased to hear from anyone willing to contribute news reports, articles, photographs, drawings, original letters or any memorabilia.

Chairman: C Goodwyn

Secretary: J Nutter

Treasurer: K Lewin

Membership & Enquiries: A Spencer

Committee: M Skehan, R Stanfield, C Bond, D Buttery


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The Manx Electric Railway Society
PO Box 117
Douglas
Isle of Man
IM99 1JS

Email: [email protected]


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The Manx Electric Railway Society is grateful for the generous help, support and assistance of the following people, all of whom have either contributed or prepared material for use on the MERS website: Alex Townsend, Julian Nutter, Kevin Lewin, Richard Dodge, Alan Spencer, Ray Stanfield, Michael Skehan, Carol Bond, Rob McCaffery, Mike Jones, Mark Green, Colin Clifton, Michael Owen, Chris Rowe, Marmaduke of Douglas, Jon Wornham, David Hennessey, Neil Clifton, Caroline Matthews, George Gardiner, John Halsall, Tony Quine, Roy Scott, Stewart Douglas, David Packer, Cade Williamson, Julie Matthews and to all who have assisted in any way.


Mann Tram Archive

*** ISSUE 30 NOW AVAILABLE TO VIEW ONLINE *** Mann Tram was the forerunner of Manx Transport Review, the current MERS journal. The first issue of Mann Tram edited by George Hearse and dated June 1973, was published in the form of a foolscap newsheet. With increased circulation, from issue No.16 wit…

All About The Manx Electric Railway Society !

AROUND 7.30pm on the night of August 2nd 1973, on the verandah overlooking Douglas Bay, three holidaying boys broke into the little yellow kiosk adjacent to the crazy golf course for a quick smoke. On the railway below, Car 22 rattled past on a routine service to Ramsey. Such an event would have go…

Society Meetings

The Manx Electric Railway Society holds regular social meetings. The meetings usually take the form of either a general discussion/social evening or a slide, film or video presentation. The opportunity is also taken to keep members informed on the latest developments concerning the MER and other Is…

MER Society Bibliography

The Manx Electric Railway Society has a large and extensive back catalogue of publications dating back to 1973, covering all aspects of the Island's transport. Please check sales page for current availability.

The Society

Originally formed in 1973, the MANX ELECTRIC RAILWAY SOCIETY is charged with the express purpose of…

Manx Electric Railway

THE pioneer electric tramway between Derby Castle, Douglas and Groudle Glen opened on September 7,…

Snaefell Mountain Railway

The only vehicles that can reach the summit of the island’s highest peak and only mountain are the…

Douglas Tramways

The Douglas Bay Horse & Upper Douglas Cable Tramways.

DHMD Tramway

THE only Standard (4'-8½" 1435mm) tramway in the Island extended for four spectacular miles along t…

Isle of Man Railway

THE present 15.37-mile steam railway line from Douglas to Port Erin is the last remaining part of t…

Buses and Coaches

THE first motor char-a-bancs in the Island were operated by the Manx Electric Railway Co., which us…

Shipping

The shipping scene in and around the Isle of Man

Aviation

Air services to and from the Isle of Man

Other Manx Transport

Other Tramways, Railways and Transport Oddities

Contributors' Pages

A page designed for photographic contributions sent to the Manx Electric Railway Society website.

All About The Isle of Man

For quick though superficial reference to many of the aspects of the Island's history generally cov…

Year of Railways 1993

The success of the year in general and many of the events in particular will be no surprise to read…

Useful Addresses

Isle of Man Newpapers Publishing House Peel Road Douglas Isle of Man IM1 5PZ Email [email protected]

Links

Isle of Man Visitor Information Manx Railways & Other Transport Manx Electric Railway Walks (Visit…

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