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Groudle Glen Railway

Open: Easter Bunny Trains: Apr 20th & 21st 2014: Sunday & Monday, 11am - 4.30pm
May 4th - September 28th 2014: Sunday, 11am - 4.30pm
Evening Trains July 18th - Aug 27th 2014: Wednesday, 7pm - 9pm
Santa Trains: Dec 14th, 20th & 21st 2014: Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 3.30pm
Mince Pie Trains Dec 26th 2014: Wednesday, 11am - 3.30pm
Diesel & Electric Day May 18th 2014: Sunday, 11am - 4.30pm
Father's Day Jun 15th 2014: Sunday, 11am - 4.30pm
Heritage Transport Festival Aug 2nd & 3rd 2014: Saturday & Sunday, 11am - 4.30pm
Aug 10th 2014: Sunday, 11am - 4.30pm
Price: PRICES FOR 2014 TBA
Adults/Senior Citizens (OAP): Return £4, Single £2.50, All Day £6
Children: Return £2, Single £1.50, £ All Day £3
Dogs: 50p
Special Event Trains: Santa Trains £6, Mince Pie Trains £4
Disabled: Limited
Steps to Station and Halt
Location: Groudle Glen
Parking: Available, walk through glen required for start of railway
Close by at Lime Kiln Halt (halfway point)
Suitable: All Ages

History

Groudle Glen Railway is a 2ft narrow gauge railway, originally built in the spring of 1896 for the surge of summertime tourists visiting the area. The railway runs from Lonely Valley (Lhen Coan in Manx) to the headland and around the coast. When first built it carried passengers from the popular Groudle Glen to Sea Lion Rocks where a zoo with sea lions and polar bears was located.

The train services started out with the steam locomotive 'Sea Lion' and three passenger coaches. Soon after another steam locomotive called 'Polar Bear' was added with more coaches to keep up with the demand. Following World War I the steam trains were replaced for a brief period by two battery powered locomotives. The line was closed in 1939 for the duration of World War II. After the war services resumed with Polar Bear pulling trains to the headland, until the service closed again in 1962. It was not until 1986 that the line was reopened to the public after years of restoration. Over the next 10 years the line was extended to the original terminus, the Lhen Coan Station was rebuilt, and restored stream trains returned to service.

Location

Located in Groudle Glen near Onchan on the east side of the Isle of Man.

By Vehicle:
Groudle Glen is along the A11 between Douglas and Laxey. There is parking at the top of glen.

By Bus:
Plan your journey with our Bus and Rail Timetables.

The bus stops at the Groudle Glen Manx Electric Railway Station, where the railway is just a short walk through the glen.

By Railway:
Take the Steam Railway to Douglas. The Electric Railway to Groudle Glen. Walk through the glen to the Lhen Coan Station.

Enquiries:
29 Hawarden Avenue
Douglas
Isle of Man
IM1 4BP

Travelling on the Groudle Glen Railway

The railway runs three quarters of a mile from inside a beautiful glen towards the coast. Wrapping around a headland to a small cove which once held a zoo. The end of the line has a small cafe with views over looking the cliffs and sea, as well as lovely walks. There are many locations well situated for a picnic or relaxing rest.


Publications
Rails in the Isle of Man, a Colour Celebration
R.Powell Hendry
Midland Publishing, Hardcover, 22 April, 1993
ISBN: 1857800095
List Price: £14.99
Used Price: £7.00
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Groudle Glen Railway
David Harland Smith
Plateway Press, Paperback, July, 1989
ISBN: 1871980003
List Price: £5.75
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The Railways and Tramways of the Isle of Man
Robert Smith, Barry Edwards
OPC Railprint, Hardcover, 19 April, 1993
ISBN: 0860935078
List Price: £18.99
Used Price: £27.95
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Groudle Glen Railway Station

Steam Engine Sea Lion - Groudle Glen Railway

Electric Engine Polar Bear - Groudle Glen Railway

Sea Lion and Polar Bear - Groudle Glen Railway

Sea Lion Terminus for Groudle Glen Railway

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