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I watched that last night on BBC 3 (I think) great programme - that's what got me thinking about the Peel line. That was a proper labour of love for those volunteers. As you say, they had hundreds t

At least! And then we'd probably pay 3 times as much because we always do. Never gonna happen. Be lucky to keep what we have.

..... and bouncy castles on the prom....

At least! And then we'd probably pay 3 times as much because we always do. Never gonna happen. Be lucky to keep what we have.

 

I hope we can keep it too.

I used to enjoy riding the Douglas to Peel train as a young fella and could not (then) understand why they binned it .

I always thought it odd, the speed with which all the steel bridges were removed, as to make sure it was a one way ticket for that line.

I'm sure that the hyperbaric chamber, some of McDonalds stuff and maybe more has been built on the "lines" too.

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A million per mile was ,mentioned to me about 5yrs ago for the track. On top of that, there are the station rebuilds and as mentioned above, the rolling stock, Navigating the Quarterbridge would require a tunnel or bridge now as a gated crossing would be a nightmare,

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Made up figures I'll do it for half that, all the hard work is done (god bless the Victorians)

Absolutely nothing wrong with Peel, it's ace, if our governers grew some balls it would be done already.

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A million per mile was ,mentioned to me about 5yrs ago for the track. On top of that, there are the station rebuilds and as mentioned above, the rolling stock, Navigating the Quarterbridge would require a tunnel or bridge now as a gated crossing would be a nightmare,

i was going to say the same, they priced it up a few years ago but it can be done much cheaper as other lines have done

 

open 1/2 a mile per year and you will have the trainspotter visiting for years, just as some of the welsh lines did...

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If it were to be done, it ought to be given to volunteers. If anyone has any doubts what volunteer projects can achieve, volunteers restoring the Ffestiniog Railway constructed 2.5 miles of completely new railway, including a 280 metre long tunnel, in order to bye-pass a reservoir and hydro-electric power station and bring the narrow gauge line back into Blaenau Ffestiniog. Obviously, the Island only has a limited pool of volunteer labour, but don't underestimate the zeal of the railway enthusiast. On the Ffestiniog project, work parties from all over Britain came and were prepared to endure primitive bunk-house accommodation near the route. Free off-peak tickets on the ferry might help, given the Steam Packet's stake in tourism.

 

The route into Douglas hasn't been completely obliterated, and green field land adjoins the section used for the new TT access road. The thing to do would be to start with the easiest section, where an unobstructed track bed exists, as stud muffin suggests. A bus could link Douglas Railway Station to the start point.

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