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Horse Tram Service To Roll Again From Wednesday

Manx Radio Reports It's been announced that the Douglas Horse Tramway will be back in action next Wednesday - the 24th. It was put to a stop on the 10th May when the horses were declared unable to work due to a bout of illness likened to the common cold. It's expected they'll be fully recovered upo…

MER Car 22 Catches Fire.

Manx Electric Railway car 22 suffered a fire at Ballaglass on Monday 15th May, whilst operating a journey to Ramsey. Originally built by G.F. Milnes in 1899, the Winter Saloon car which received a replica body in 1991 following a disastrous fire in Derby Castle works, is not thought to be badly dam…

MER Track Work

Work is currently taking place on the Manx Electric Railway with the renewal of the seaside line between Braeside and Lag Birragh. Heavy profile grooved tramway rail is being utilised. It is not known if the rail being used has been drawn from the stock currently stored on the South Quay in Douglas…

Green Paint For Car 45

Douglas Horse Car No.45, built by Milnes Voss in 1908, receives attention outside Strathallan Depot on 11th May 2017. Its dashes have been treated to green paint, which appears to be a similar, if not the same shade as recently applied to MER Winter Saloon car 21. This is perhaps the first instance…

Horse Tramway Service Suspended.

The horse trams have been suspended temporarily, on the advice of a vet. "A number of the tram horses have been found to be suffering respiratory problems. Isle of Man Railways says the infection is relatively common among horses and it is difficult to determine where it has originated. It is not f…

Isle of Man Victorian Society

Howstrake Holiday Camp Popular Manx historian Peter Kelly is giving a talk which will detail the development of Howstrake Holiday Camp, at the next meeting of the Isle of Man Victorian Society. The camp which was served by the Manx Electric Railway, was the first commercial holiday camp in the Brit…

MER Repaints

A number of MER cars received works attention during the course of winter 2016/17, of note was the application of MER Board green livery to cars 21, 32 and trailer 62. The 1906 built UEC trailer has also undergone a truck overhaul, and will make a welcome return to service paired with 32, having be…

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