Foxdale railway station

Foxdale Station was the southern terminus of the Foxdale Railway.

Foxdale Station
Stashoon Forsdal
The Isle of Man Railway Co., Ltd.
The Manx Northern Railway Co., Ltd.
The Foxdale Railway Co., Ltd.
LocationUpper Foxdale, Isle of Man
Coordinates54.170°N 4.636°W
Owned byIsle Of Man Railway Co.
Line(s)Foxdale Line
PlatformsOne, Raising
TracksVarious, See Text
Structure typeStation Building
ParkingNone Provided
Opened17 August 1886 (1886-08-17)
Closed16 May 1940 (1940-05-16)
Previous namesManx Northern Railway Co.
Lead Ore / Passenger / Livestock
Waiting Room / Booking Hall / Toilets


The station was established by the railway as its southern extent, built primarily to serve the lead ore industry which at the time of the line's arrival had thrived for many years but was in decline; the railway never met the expectations of its backers which were largely formed from the directorships of the Manx Northern Railway. A limited passenger service was provided from 1886 for which a solitary carriage was provided. This became known as Kitto's Coach (being named after the mines' captain who had insisted upon its provision) and later simply the Foxdale Coach. This item of stock survives today and was restored to 1887 condition in 2013 by the railway. The station featured the only diamond-type "scissor" crossing on the island's railway network, which is believed still to be in situ today, buried beneath the mines' spoils to the rear of the station building. The mining industry collapsed in the village and the line was closed in 1940 although the rails remained in place for many years and it is believed that stock workings to this station took place as late as 1960. Today the station building survives and is used as a heritage centre, having previously seen use as a community centre and, prior to this, as the headquarters of the Manx Flux & Mica Co., for several years after the railway had closed.


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Waterfall Halt
towards St. John's
  Foxdale Railway   Terminus

See also


  • "Foxdale railway station on the Subterranea Britannica Disused Stations website".

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