Station Name: WATERFALL


[Source: Nick Catford]

Date opened: 17.8.1886
Location: On the south side of a minor road running west from the A3 at Lower Foxdale.
Company on opening: Foxdale Railway Company
Date closed to passengers: 1943
Date closed completely: 1943
Company on closing: Isle of Man Railway
Present state: Demolished
County: Isle of Man
OS Grid Ref: SC276793
Date of visit: 23.7.2006

Notes: Waterfall Station which served the village of  Lower Foxdale opened along with the Foxdale Railway on the 17.8.1886. It served trains running between Foxdale and St Johns MNR with some going on to Ramsey in the early days. Although owned by the Foxdale Railway Company the line was

operated by the Manx Northern Railway. The Foxdale Company went into receivership in 1891 but the receivers had the Manx Northern Railway continue operations

On the 24.5.1905 the Manx Northern Railway was taken over by the Isle of Man Railway and the Foxdale Branch was added to their network.

The station at Waterfall consisted only of a small wooden waiting shelter. The Foxdale Branch had been constructed primarily to serve local mines at Foxdale and passenger services were always sparse. In 1928 the station was downgraded to a request stop. In 1940 many services were operated by buses and in 1943 the line
closed to passengers. It continued in use for goods up until 1960 but it was not lifted until the mid 1970's.

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

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

To see other stations on the Foxdale branch: St. Johns (MGN) & Foxdale

Waterfall Station in July 1933
Copyright p
hoto by H C Casserley

The site of Waterfall Station in May 1960 taken from the same viewpoint as the picture above. Although the building has gone the track is still in situ at this date.
hoto by D J Mitchell, copyright Colour-Rail

The site of Waterfall Station looking north in July 2006
hoto by Paul Wright




[Source: Nick Catford]

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