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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…

Winter Transport Festival 2022

Railway Events To Round Off the 2022 Season “We are delighted to share with you the program of events for this October's Manx Heritage Winter Transport Festival. We have a selection of special events and services for you to take part in during the final week of operation for the 2022. Take a look a…

THE SCRAPPING OF DOUGLAS HORSE CAR No.35

As a result of the selling off six ‘surplus’ trams at auction in 2016, and the more recent transfer of cars 11 & 47 to the Wirral Transport Museum, the last horse car to remain under the unfortunate ownership of Douglas Borough Council was Bulkhead car No.35. As recently as 2001, this car returned…

Manx Transport Review No.100 - Summer 2022 due September

Manx Transport Review No.100 Spring/Summer 2022 - due September. Contributions are now invited for inclusion in Manx Transport Review No.101 – topical photographs, news, observations and articles of a contemporary or historical nature, and letters for publication will all be gratefully received. If…

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