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  “Pam preened at all the attention, but then remembered that she was no longer green.
Her red paint must make her look like everyone else she thought. Boring! She wanted
to stand out. ”
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  Photo of frowning pam from stick to safety  
Doing the illustrations
was interesting…
  If we thought that illustrating the first
in the Tram Tales series was difficult,
this the second in the series was
a nightmare!
  Twain, the star of the first book
Something on the Line, is a winter
saloon and – sorry Twain –
largely a box on wheels.
  Pam, who stars in Stick to Safety,
is an open motor, which means that
her passengers sit in the open air.
No walls. They’re brilliant to ride in
and dreadful to draw. All those seats!
And loads of passengers!
  Still, we managed it, and, hopefully,
the book is not only fun for children,
but also gives an idea of the diversity
of the MER fleet.
  Stick to Safety; Tram Tales of the Manx Electric Railway #2
More about the adventures of the trams of the
Manx Electric Railway (MER). This time it’s
the turn of Pam the Paddlebox (Number 16) to find
out that it doesn’t matter what you look like.
What’s important is how well you behave and how
nice you are to people.

Pam is called a paddlebox because the steps her
passengers use to climb aboard are shaped rather
like castellations to avoid getting in the way
of her wheels. She is the only paddlebox tram
currently working on the MER and possibly the
only one in the world.

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But she’s no longer painted green – and she wants
to be. Her new coat of paint is red, and she thinks
red is rubbish. Stick to Safety is about Pam’s
disastrous attempts to get noticed and how Tina
her trailer helps her to avoid getting into trouble.

The trams of the Manx Electric Railway are still
doing the job they were built to do 125 years ago.
There are no other trams in the world who have
worked in three centuries. The MER trams have
been trundling up and down their line for such
a long time, they have loads of stories.

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