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Tram suffers brake issue on Mountain

Isle of Man Railways investigating incident

A Snaefell Mountain Railway tram carriage has suffered brake failure on a descent from the summit this afternoon, transport bosses have confirmed.

Isle of Man Railways says a momentary lapse in the electric braking system caused the car to run approximately six 'pole lengths' (200m) before the mechanical fell brakes could be activated.

In that time, the carriage ran across the roadway at the Bungalow.

No passengers were injured, and a backup tram was dispatched to return them to Laxey shortly afterward.

Director of Public Transport Ian Longworth told Manx Radio staff were trained to deal with such occurrences - which he added 'really aren't out of the ordinary' on Snaefell.

It's thought a slight interruption to the tram's power supply caused the brakes to falter - this is being investigated by officials.

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