Isle of Man's Snaefell Railway suspended after safety probe

Snaefell Mountain Railway
Heritage mountain railway suspended indefinitely after brake failure incident
Published Tue, 2017-09-26 14:17

The Isle of Man's vintage Snaefell Mountain Railway service has been suspended after a health and safety investigation concluded it was unsafe, the goverment has announced.

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The inquiry was launched last month after a tram full of passengers lost control due to a brake failure as it descended the mountain. It was also revealed that the railway had suffered six similar incidents involving loss of control or brake failure over the last five years.

A statement from the Department of Infrastructure says the heritage system is no longer compatible with modern safety requirements needed to ensure the well-being of passengers and staff.

No one was hurt in the incident, where the tram travelled around 50 metres before switching from a modern braking system to an older one.

A government spokesman has also highlighted the challenges of operating heritage railway systems in a modern safety management environment.

We sincerely hope the railway can overcome these obstacles and be back on the tracks soon!

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