Thanks for the replies and interest. As you say the bonfires at Ballasalla (most of the goods stock) and St.Johns (passenger stock) were under the old company as they saw no need for so much 'spare' stock on the, now, truncated system. Remember, at this time in 1974/5, the IMR was reduced to Port Erin - Castletown and Port Erin - Ballasalla only. Since the Government takeover a few carriages deemed beyond repair have been scrapped but nearly all the underframes survive as P Way vehicles etc. At present several carriages are under restoration: F62 (Pairs) composed of A1/B1 bodies from 1873 undergoing full restoration at Stanegate. F15 (small F) full restoration almost complete after 20 yrs oou. F49 (big brake) heavy chassis and body repairs. F32 (saloon from dining set) refurbishment in-house. There are a number of spare carriages that could be restored if traffic demands: F21 (small F) partly restored in P.E. carriage shed as are Pairs F63/74. F66/67 (pairs) sheeted, off bogies, in PSM goods yard. There is also a brand new F.R. built underframe (same as F27 ii's) and a rolling programme of bogie refurbishment including the fitting of roller bearings. At the moment the biggest growth area is in cruise ship passengers which necessitated some very heavy double headed trains last season but it would be nice to see a similar growth in regular/enthusiast visitors as this, more than anything else, would provide the demand, and income for, further carriage restoration. Don't forget our Rush Hour on the Railways event over Easter Hope this helps. Ray.