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New MER sign to be in place by 'late summer'

“Previous Structure Removed Due to Poor Condition” ‘A replacement for the Manx Electric Railway sign at Derby Castle won't be in place until late summer. It had been due this spring but the poor condition of the base and Covid restrictions delayed the work. Infrastructure officials say designs have…

‘Douglas Promenade Concrete Crack Solution Soon’

Work to rectify cracked concrete on the promenade is due to start soon. “Infrastructure Minister Tim Baker said contractor Auldyn Construction and rail designer Burroughs Steward Associates had told the government that they would submit a proposal to rectify the cracking in the red concrete next to…

MER Services Commence Tomorrow

The Manx Electric Railway's 2021 seasonal service commences tomorrow (Saturday 22nd May). Unlike 2020, services on the Snaefell Mountain Railway are expected to operate, running to 'C' timetable from Saturday 29th May. The provisional dates for the commencement of services on the other Heritage rai…

DOI 'Hiding Full Cost' of Prom Works, says Committee

Report claims delay to horse tram tracks also undermines Tynwald “The Department of Infrastructure is being accused of hiding the true budget of the works on Douglas promenade and undermining Tynwald. A committee looking into the scheme says it's reached an impasse in its scrutiny of the project. T…

Douglas Car No.47 Transported to the Wirral Transport Museum

Historic 1911 built horse car leaves the Island "Today, we took delivery of Douglas Corporation Horse Tram No. 47. It left the Island on board the IOMSPCo's ship 'Arrow' and was landed at Heysham. From there, it was brought to Birkenhead and placed in Taylor Street Yard. Initially, it is planned to…

Gateway Markers Are All in a Muddle Over Promenade Names in Douglas

“You could be forgiven for getting a little confused by new ’gateway markers’ installed on the Promenade. Two solid granite blocks, both marked Harris Promenade, have been erected outside the Central Apartments. But Harris Promenade ends at the Broadway junction going northbound, after which the ro…

Groudle Glen Railway reopening this weekend for 125th year

MEDIA RELEASE Groudle Glen Railway reopening this weekend for 125th year. The volunteers at Groudle Glen Railway are delighted to announce that the railway will reopen for its 125th anniversary year this coming Sunday and Monday; the May bank holiday weekend. The railway was sadly unable to open fo…

'Stop Horse Trams at Sefton', says Council Leader

“The leader of Douglas Council believes stopping the horse tramway at the Sefton Hotel would speed up the regeneration of the promenade. David Christian feels laying down the tracks will cause more unneeded disruption to the multi-million-pound work. However, he accepts there are many who won’t sup…

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