Despite the return of the traditional Manx summer weather, spirits were not dampened for the official re-naming ceremony of our Baguley locomotive ‘Maltby’.Although the heavens had opened, at midday on Sunday 29th July the railway’s Chairman Trevor Nall performed a speech welcoming guests and visitors to the line. He highlighted that today everyone on the island is focused on cost cutting and saving money with the disgraceful state of the water wheel being a prime example of people obsessed with the price of everything and the value of nothing. However it wasn’t always like this, there were once people with vision… and once such person was former Chairman of Onchan Commissioners; Richard Maltby Broadbent.
He created Groudle Glen, planted the trees, built the water wheel, side stalls, walkways and the cliff top zoo and finally in 1896 built the railway. Despite this there is nothing in his name that marks his legacy, until now. It was fitting that this 1947 Baguley steam outline locomotive, made famous by its appearance in the BBC Sitcom “Hi De Hi”, was relaunched as ‘Maltby’ by Richard Maltby Broadbent’s great grandsons Ricky and Ronnie Broadbent who unveiled her name plate and cut the commemorative cake.
Trevor went on to thank the numerous organisations and people who have supported her rebuild and continue to support the volunteers at the railway to ensure that his vision continues into the future to entertain families and enthusiasts for years to come; the Alan Chinery Trust, The Scheinberg Family, The Manx Lottery Trust, The Elizabeth Clucas Charitable Trust, The Gough Ritchie Charitable Trust, The Broadbent Family, Culture Vannin, Tower Insurance and the Rotary Club.