Coordinates: 54°09′29″N 4°28′26″W / 54.158°N 4.474°W / 54.158; -4.474

The original 1888 crane
The original 1888 crane

The Douglas Breakwater Crane Railway was a massive self-propelled steam block-setting crane that ran the length of the original breakwater at Douglas, also used for the loading and unloading of vessels.

A later crane was built by Cowans, Sheldon of Carlisle (capacity 25 tons[which?]; carried on two four-wheel bogies; Works number 9057 of 1948 to Drawing 18087). The crane was owned by the Isle of Man Harbour Board and ran on 10 ft (3,048 mm) gauge.[1]


  1. ^ Hendry (1993). Rails in the Isle of Man. Cowley, Oxford: Midland Publishing. p. 63. ISBN 1857800095. OL 12014160M.