Station Name: FOXDALE

[Source: Nick Catford]

Date opened: 17.8.1886
Location: North side of A24
Company on opening: Foxdale Railway Company
Date closed to passengers: 1943
Date closed completely: 1960
Company on closing: Isle of Man Railway
Present state: Station building extant
County: Isle of Man
OS Grid Ref: SC280782
Date of visit: 23.7.2006

Notes: Foxdale was a terminus station situated on 2.5 mile branch line that ran up to St John’s. It opened with the line on the 17/08/1886 having been sponsored by the Foxdale Railway Company who made an end on connection with the Manx Northern Railway at St Johns.

One of the Foxdale mines in 1897

The was primarily built to serve mines at Foxdale which closed in 1911 but a station was provided from the start. It consisted of a single platform and a substantial brick building. At the time of opening there were hopes that the line would be extended south to Castletown on the east coast of the island but this idea never materialised. From the outset the Manx Northern
Railway operated the line first on behalf of the Foxdale Company but later when the company went bankrupt they operated it for the receiver.
On the 24.5.1905 the Manx Northern Railway was taken
over by the Isle of Man Railway and the Foxdale Branch was included in the new arrangements. Although throughout the first half of the 20th century the Isle of Man Railway network was
very busy, particularly in the summer the Foxdale Branch was, in terms of passenger traffic, the exception. A couple of trains per day consisting of one coach became the norm.

From 1940 many of the advertised train services were actually replaced by a bus and in 1943 passenger services were withdrawn. Between 16.5.1940 and 1943 the station also served a military camp. The line continued to be used by goods services up to 1960. Amazingly the track survived in situ until the 1970's. Today the
station building is still extant and the branch forms a footpath

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 Peel by Tom Heavyside - Middleton Press 2002 - ISBN 978 1 901706 88 8
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
Ticket (2833) from Brian Halford

Click here for a brief history of the Isle of Man Railways

To s ee other stations on the Foxdale branch: St. Johns (MGN) & Waterfall

Foxdale Station in 1933
Copyright p
hoto by H C Casserley

Foxdale Station in 1947
Copyright photo from John Alsop coillection

Foxdale Station in July 1961. Although the passenger service ceased
in 1943 some freight was carried until 1960.
hoto by John Snell, copyright Colour-Rail

Foxdale Station in July 2006
hoto by Paul Wright

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[Source: Nick Catford]

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