The Association was founded in 1966 to examine the possibility of reopening the Isle of Man Steam Railway, but following its reopening in 1967 by Lord Ailsa and later by the original Railway Company, its activities included voluntary work on the railway, publicity, donations for specific railway projects and the operation of a souvenir shop at Douglas Station. However, following the purchase of the Steam Railway by the Manx Government in 1977, the activities of the Association diminished although maintaining a 'watchdog' role to ensure its continued operation at a reasonable cost to the taxpayer.
During 1982 the Association began the ambitious project of the restoration of the Groudle Glen Railway which continues to this day.
In 1994, the Association completed two projects on the Steam
Railway with the cosmetic restoration of locomotive No.6 Peveril
and providing new water tanks for No.15 Caledonian.
And in 1998 the "Un-Loch Your Cash" appeal resulted the return to service of one of the original locomotives from 1874.
The Association will continue to support the Railway in the future with capital projects details of which can be found on the Projects Page of their website www.iomrsa.com.
To join the Association which also gives you free entry to the railway museum in Port Erin and free rides on the Groudle Glen Railways click here.