The Isle of Man Steam Festival 2017 will work together with the Isle of Man Railways "Rush Hour" event to provide a rich experience, celebrating the unique and diverse transport heritage of the Isle of Man. Visiting road locomotives and steam cars will take part in several events and tours around the island, with the events running from 14 to 23 April.
The Isle of Man Railway's Rush Hour event runs from 14 to 17 April and features increased timetables for the Isle of Man's heritage railways - including the steam railway, the electric railway, the Snaefell Mountain railway and the Douglas Horse tramway. There will also be the chance to see some of the island's vintage buses!
The Isle of Man Motor Museum will be presenting the Steam Car Tour for 4 days from 17 to 20 April, which will start at end at the museum in Jurby. Although people often associate motorcycle racing with the Isle of Man, the famous TT races actually started out as car races - featuring both White and Turner-Miesse steamers. The Isle of Man Motor Museum at Jurby has an interesting collection of steam cars, including cars from Stanley, White, Turner-Miesse, and Serpollet. The museum is also in the process of restoring an example of Abner Doble’s iconic work.
Many participants for the tour are already confirmed, and they will be bringing with them cars from the late 1800s through to the 1920s, from all across Europe, and some from as far as the USA. Every morning the cars will be fired up at the Motor Museum, and visitors will not only be able to see the see the cars in action on the open road, they will also be able to meet and speak with the owners and drivers at the various scheduled refreshment stops throughout the island - which are well placed to take in some of the Isle of Man's most spectacular scenery.
The Festival of Steam will conclude with a climatic heavy haulage event, taking place on public roads. The Great North, the Duke of York and Atlas, three iconic Fowler road locomotives, will form a road train which will haul the Isle of Man railways "Fenella" steam engine, carried by the Great Dorset Steam Fair twin bogie trailer.
The road train will be assembled on 20 April at Douglas Railway Station, and will begin its journey north towards Laxey, on to Maughold and Ramsey, and ending the day at the Motor Musuem in Jurby. This coincides with the end of the steam car tour so all the cars will also be at the museum when the road train arrives!
On Friday 21 April the road train will continue on, travelling from Ramsey to Douglas over the famous mountain road, and finishing the day at Port Erin railway station, where it will stay during Saturday. The train will be accompanied by a vintage bus - which will give visitors some unique photo opportunities! Guests can book their space on the vintage bus here.
On Sunday 23 April the road train will return to Douglas over the impressive Sloc Road, climbing over 1000 feet in only five miles! The engines will certainly be working hard to climb the steep gradients, and this final day is sure to be an impressive spectacle.