SERVICES on the Snaefell Mountain Railway have been halted on health and safety grounds.
The Health & Safety at Work Inspectorate suspended services on the Isle of Man 3ft 6in gauge line on August 10, in the wake of an incident in which brakes failed on a tram six days earlier.
After a tram came down from the summit on the afternoon of August 4, the brakes failed on the vehicle and it sped through Bungalow station. It was brought to a halt by the Fell system brakes.
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Following the incident, the normal line speed was reduced 12mph to a temporary limit of 8mph.
However, health and safety officials found that tram drivers were not complying with the new lower limit.
A statement from the Inspectorate read: “Following an incident on the Snaefell Mountain Railway on the afternoon of Friday, August 4, 2017 and an urgent post incident review, a reduced speed limit of 8mph was introduced to facilitate the safe continuation of operations while the control system installed in the trams was examined.
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