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Manx Transport Review No.100 Summer 2022 - due September

Manx Transport Review No.100 Summer 2022. News roundup from the Manx Electric Railway, Douglas Horse Tramway, Snaefell Mountain Railway and other Island transport. Historical feature articles. Full Colour - 108 pages. Copies distributed FREE to Full Members of the Manx Electric Railway Society upon…

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Douglas Bay Tramway News & Timetables
Updated 21 Jul 2022

Service updates, timetables and details of special events for the Manx Electric Railway, Snaefell Mountain Railway, Isle of Man Railway and Douglas Bay Horse Tramway can be found HERE.

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Road, Rail, Sea and Air

Could Charities Be Brought in To Fund and Manage Our Railways?

“Infrastructure Minister Chris Thomas MHK has suggested using charities to fund and manage the island’s historic railways. Mr Thomas, who said he is a ‘massive supporter’ of the island’s heritage railways, pointed to smaller models on and off the Isle of Man where charities have successfully run ra…

Ramsey MER Plaza Station Renewals?

Having remained out of regular use since 2016, in a letter to Ramsey Commissioners, DOI Minister – Chris Thomas has intimated that work to reinstate the MER’s Ramsey Plaza station is planned to be funded from the 2024/25 capital works programme. It will be recalled that due to concerns regarding th…

Any Old Iron ?

This sad and insignificant looking afterthought which can very easily be missed, is what passes for the terminus of a horse tramway which currently doesn’t go anywhere. On a world scale, it is acknowledged that the tramway is completely unique. Is it really beyond the wit of the DOI to provide some…

​Charity And Private Funding 'On the Table' For Horse Trams

“Additional money from charities and private investors could be used to fund the operation of the horse trams on Douglas promenade. Infrastructure Minister Chris Thomas says he's due to hold talks with a number of organisations about funding for the tramway. The future of the rails from Broadway to…

‘Drive Away in This Tram’

A ‘unique’ opportunity to own the butchered, motorised remains of former Douglas Horse Car No.34 ! “A former Douglas Bay horse tram that was fitted with an engine is up for sale. The sale is being handled by Chrystals Auctions later this month. Car number 34, which dates from 1896, was sold and con…

​"No Misuse of Public Funds" In Relation to the Horse Trams”

Infrastructure minister defends tracks only running to Broadway for now “There's been no misuse of public funds in relation to the horse trams, according to the infrastructure minister. The heritage attraction recently reopened after being closed due to the prom works since 2019. Despite Tynwald al…


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