[Source: Paul Wright]

Date opened: Summer 1965
Location: North side of A3 adjacent to Wildlife Park.
Company on opening: Isle of Man Railway
Date closed to passengers: 6.9.1968
Date closed completely: 6.9.1968
Company on closing: Isle of Man Railway
Present state: Demolished
County: Isle of Man
OS Grid Ref: SC367942
Date of visit: 23.7.2006

Notes: During the Summer of 1965 a wildlife park was opened adjacent to the St Johns to Ramsey railway between Ballaugh and Sulby by the Manx Government. The park was called the Curraghs Wildlife Park and to serve it the Isle of Man Railway opened a halt which was called Ballavolley Halt for Wildlife Park. The halt consisted of nothing more than a sign. There where no platforms and no facilities.The station closed at the end of the Summer of 1965 along with the St Johns to Ramsey line and all of its other stations.

On the 4.6.1967 the line and halt was re-opened but it was now simply known as Wildlife Park. However this was not to last for long as once again the entire line closed on the 6.9.1968 this time for good. Today nothing remains of the station but the wildlife park is still in operation.

During the 19th century there was a freight facility at or near the site of Ballavolley Station but passengers were not carried.

Further reading: Isle of Man Classic Steam by Robert Robotham published by Colourpoint 1998. Old colour photographs of the Isle of Man Railways - ISBN 1 898392 43 9
Douglas to Ramsey by Tom Heavyside - Middleton Press 2004 - ISBN 978 1 904474 39 5
Isle of Man Railways Vol. 1 Pre 1873 - 1904, Vol 2 1905 - 1994 & Vol. 3 by J I C Boyd - the definitive history of the Isle of Man railways - Oakwood Press.

Click here for a comprehensive list of books, magazines and videos about the Isle of Man railways.

Other web sites: Narrow Gauge Heaven - includes old colour photographs

To see other stations on the St. Johns - Ramsey line click on the station name:
St. Johns, Peel Road, St. Germain's, Gob-y-Diegan, West Berk Level Crossing,
Kirkmichael, Bishops Court, Ballaugh, Sulby Glen, Sulby Bridge,
Lezayre & Ramsey

Ballavolley Halt in 1967
Photo by D. J. Mitchell

Looking east at the site of Ballavolley Station
Photo by Paul Wright

A section of rail unearthed at Ballavolley during pipe laying.
hoto by Paul Wright




[Source: Paul Wright]

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