The Grand Tour 2018 – part 6

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Steve & Carolyn on narrow boat Emmaus stopped to say good bye as the headed off towards the Crick Boat show. We soon headed on our way back to the marina through a couple of lift bridges after a great week in good company.

A day or so later I received an email from Steve to say that he had seen Matilda and spoke to Andrew, the new owner. Then I received an email from Andrew to say he had spoken to Steve & Carolyn and that they still loved Matilda and were often commented on how good it looks.

I had booked in to a one day course at DCC Supplies on the Saturday to learn about programming of decoders that are fitted to my locomotives. I learnt a lot which should be very useful when I get back I then headed off to Blackpool to meet up with the Steam Train Tour and we were soon heading off by coach and car ferry to the Isle of Man.

The week was more like an Isle of Man tour rather than a Steam Train tour as there were only two actual ‘steam train’ trips, the rest were all quite different including unusual trams, horse drawn trams and the tramway up Snaefell which is a constant 1 in 12 gradient. There is a central rail all the way that can be used with special clamping brake shoes in the event of a runaway tram.  

Preparations were well underway for the Isle of Man TT races that started on the Saturday while we were there. There were hundreds of motorcyclists everywhere with more arriving every day. The TT road course is almost 38 miles with an average speed of 134 miles an hour needed to win the event.

We had a local tour guide with us one day and were shown lots of interesting places as we toured in the coach.

On Friday we visited the huge (51 feet diameter) water wheel at Laxey, a great piece of engineering. As I was leaving there was a photo shoot underway. I took a photo of the rider with his £125000 racing bike.

Grand Tour, part 6. Photo: Ross Tonkin
Grand Tour, part 6. Photo: Ross Tonkin

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