The Department of Infrastructure has announced revised journey arrangements for the slow-moving convoy of steam traction engines and trailer carrying an Isle of Man Steam Railway locomotive.
Today (Friday) at 10am, the vehicles will set off from Ramsey Quay and travel via Bowring Road, Jurby Road, St Judes and Sandygate to Jurby. This afternoon at 5.30pm the vehicles will make the return journey from Jurby to Ramsey using the same route.
Tomorrow (Saturday) at 10am, the vehicles will depart Ramsey quay to travel over the Mountain Road to Douglas. The convoy will then pause at the Grandstand before journeying to Banks Circus once traffic levels permit.
Anyone who has purchased a ticket for today’s postponed trip over the Mountain, or Sunday’s trip over the Sloc (which will not now take place) can travel tomorrow (Saturday) on the bus leaving Douglas Railway Station at 9am. This goes to Ramsey and then follows the convoy over the Mountain.
The Mountain Road remains closed and so this is the only way to view the convoy and no further tickets are available. The Snaefell Mountain Railway will be operating as scheduled, however, and will provide an alternative option for people to view the convoy as it crosses the line at the Bungalow.
The DoI apologises for tailbacks caused by the convoy and for the change of schedule and asks motorists to be patient on these routes today/tomorrow.
The convoy forms part of the Isle of Man Festival of Steam, running from 14th to 23rd April. More information on the festival can be gained from the Isle of Man Government Welcome Centre on 662525 and the Isle of Man Transport facebook page.