After six years of fundraising and construction and a lot of support from friends, organisations and donors… a virtually complete Brown Bear arrived on island courtesy of our generous friends at the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and then to Groudle early this morning.. and her sister Sea Lion was there in steam to welcome her!
She has been undergoing final assembly by John Fowler & Sons at Old Hall Farm in Cumbria and arrived on the overnight boat on Monday 8th July 2019.
Testing began immediately along with a number of photo opportunities alongside her ‘sister’ Sea Lion around the railway.
She is due to be launched alongside Otter for the Isle of Man Heritage Transport Festival at the end of July so this year’s festival will be a must for enthusiasts to come and see the locos all together.
We will be operating Wednesday 24th July: 11am to 9pm, Saturday 27th July – Victorian Day: 11am to 4:30pm and Sunday 28th July – Gala Day: 11am to 4:30pm.
We have now launched our Raising for Steam Campaign to help us raise the funds to maintain our steam locomotives into the future. From only £2 a week you can support the long term survival of Sea Lion, Brown Bear and Otter and receive an exclusive, collector’s edition badge which cannot be purchased anywhere else. Please check out the appeal page and help if you can.