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Tram incident prompts visit abroad

Director of Public Transport makes trip to Switzerland

Adapting safety systems on the Snaefell Mountain Railway has prompted a government delegation to Switzerland.

Director Ian Longworth, a traction engineer, and a specialist railway safety engineer visited the manufacturers and designers of modern trams in the country.

The reason for travel; a similarity in systems to Manx electric trams - to gather ideas on the viability of modifying them to make them safe.

It follows the derailment, and subsequent closure of the railway after it slid down the track with passengers onboard before coming to a rest on the roadside.

It travelled downhill approximately 200 metres - luckily, no-one was hurt.

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