Port Jack Halt
Manx Electric Railway
|Address||Onchan, Isle Of Man|
|Coordinates||Pole No. 016-017|
|Tracks||2 (Running & Crossover)|
|Owned by||Isle Of Man Heritage Railways|
Today, the site is known for being the location of the chip shop of the same name, but in the busy tourist days of the island it was a popular stopping off point for visitors on their way to the White City located a few yards along the coast. It remains open today but is only demarkated by a small bus stop-type sign fitted to one of the green overhead poles. The site is also served by the island's Bus Vannin service. Whilst never appearing in the railway's timetables or scheduling, the halt has long been established as a dropping-off point for local traffic and tramcars stop on either side of the road that bisects the railway at this point, either on the southerly side outside the chip shop, or the northerly which directly leads to a set of public conveniences.
The station was once the closest to the Douglas Bay Hotel which dominated the skyline until gutted by devastating in 1988. The hotel was the focal point of the headland and built from red brick with a tower at its centre; it was famous for the Texas Bar a wild west-themed saloon that was open to both residents and non residents. In latter years a small swimming pool was built in the grounds nearby to the passing tramlines. Since demolitiion, the site has been developed and now forms the basis of a large office block, which are the local headquarters of the Royal Skandia group. A circular tower has been incorporated into the design of the building, slightly echoing the hotel structure it replaces.
The area was once a bustling place for tourists to visit and featured a penny amusement arcade with slot machines and the like, a milk bar known as the "Moo Kow" and other shops that traded in souvenirs and the like. Being above a stony beach of the same name, previously known as "Port-E-Vada Creek" the shops traded largely in seaside equipment as one would expect. The distinctive tudor buildings remain today, now location for a tanning shop, tapas bar and the famous chip shop, whilst in the terrace behind is located a convenience store and hairdressers' salon. It was once a busy area for tourists with many of the buildings that now form large private dwellings or apartments, being bed and breakfasts and guest houses.
|Preceding station||Heritage railways||Following station|
|Derby Castle||Manx Electric Railway||Onchan Head|