Isle of Man receives first new locomotive since 1926
- 15 December 2013
- From the section Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin
The Isle of Man has received its first new locomotive engine in 87 years.
The £400,000 diesel engine, which arrived from the US earlier this week, will make the island's heritage railway "faster and safer".
The 42-ton engine has a top speed of 29 mph compared to the current Viking diesel which can only reach eight.
Transport minister Graham Cregeen said it will "open up the possibility of operating more efficient commuter trains during TT week".
It will undergo a series of tests prior to entering service on the 15 miles of track between Douglas and Port Erin.