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The Skarloey Railway (SR), nicknamed "The Little Railway", is a narrow gauge (2'3") railway on the Island of Sodor, running for 50 miles from Crovan's Gate to Ulfstead Castle. The line was opened in 1865 to carry copper, and later slate, from the quarry at Ward Fell to Crovan's Gate, and is the oldest continuously operating Sudrian railway.

Since 1951, the railway has primarily operated as a tourist attraction, with the Blue Mountain Quarry being the railway's secondary source of income. These operations are supplemented by local passenger and freight traffic and a MoD contract to transport munitions to DM Skarloey. Major investment has allowed the railway to expand its locomotive and carriage fleets, and improve its running way and facilities. In 1965, an extension was opened around the lake, with a station at Lakeside, and in 1974 the railway completed an extension to Ulfstead Castle, which had been under construction since 1958.

History

Route

Rolling Stock

Locomotives

Management

General Manager

  • Frederick Mack (1865 - 1902)
  • Robert Sam (1902 - 1936)
  • Peter Sam (1936 - 1951)
  • Roger Sam (1951- 1980)
  • Peregrine Percival (1980 - 2012)
  • Peter Percival (2012 - present)

Chairman of the Board

  • Shamus Treboc (1865 - 1886)
  • Curtis Lloyd (1886 - 1909)
  • Sir Handel Brown (1909 - 1950)
  • Sir Handel Lloyd Brown (1951 - 2016)
  • Sir Handel Qualtraugh Brown (2016 - present; acting: 2005 - 2016)

Chief Mechanical Engineer

  • Robert "Bobbie" Merrick (1866 - 1890)
  • Owen Johns (1890 - 1919)
  • David Hugh I (1919 - 1951)
  • Ivo Hugh (1951 - 1991)
  • David Hugh II (1991 - present)

Trivia

  • The Talyllyn Railway in Wales is its twin railway.