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Bungalow, a name to conjure with.

The word bungalow derives not, I am sure, from a builder running out of money, and in exasperation saying to his team, 'Oh, just bung a low roof on'..

It comes to us of course from the English language's rich imperial past. It is from the Hindi, meaning belonging to Bengal, and as we know refers to, 'a low house, with a broad front porch, having either no upper floor or upper rooms set in the roof, typically with dormer windows.'

But if you say Bungalow to a Manxman, or to a keen motorcyclist, they would immediately think of this place.

Bungalow refers to a hotel/station building on the Snaefell Mountain Railway, long since replaced with another, and has become synonymous with this part of the famous T.T. motorcycle course that the Isle of Man has become famous for.

The building in this picture would also seem to be a bungalow, but not THE bungalow, that would have been behind me, this was in the past a Ministry of Defence Property. It then became a museum, Murray's Motorcycle Museum. It closed in October 2005, though the museum continues here. A statue of famous T.T. participant Joey Dunlop still remains, and can be seen here near the cream wall in the UL.

This was taken from the open window of the carriage, as the mountain railway crossed the A18, part of the T.T. course. The racing motorcycles would approach towards the camera, looking pretty much as the graphic on the museum wall.




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