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Papering over the Cracks...

SPEAKING ON Manx Radio Sunday, Infrastructure Minister Ray Harmer explained some of the thinking behind his department's announcement this week that it would spend £50,000 from its revenue budget to carry out a 'short-term fix' on the southern (Loch Prom) end of the prom, similar to that which was…

A Seventy Year History of Douglas Horse Tramway Tickets

UP AND UNTIL the 1940s, it is likely that no tickets were printed solely for issue on the horse tramway. The replica ticket on the Fig 1 (incomplete, as it lacks a serial number) must be from the early days of Council ownership and shows that it was available for issue to cover the full journey by…

More temporary work on Douglas prom

Manx Radio Reports Southern section to be resurfaced Around £50,000 is going to be spent on the temporary resurfacing of the southern end of Douglas promenade. The Department of Infrastructure has confirmed it's going to carry out the work ahead of the new horse tram season, which starts in April.…

Car 28 leaves Strathallan Depot for the last time.

Privately owned Douglas Saloon Horse Car No.28, left Strathallan Depot today (Weds. 1st February) on the back of a trailer, its destination unknown, although there are rumours it is heading off island. The car was one of six which were auctioned off in August last year, deemed as being 'surplus' by…

Video footage of Grooved Horse Tram Rail

THE MERS believes that enough grooved track (over 6km) was purchased from the aborted Mersey Light Rail scheme, to relay a double track for the Horse Tramway from Derby Castle through to the Victoria Clock. The rail is currently stored in a yard close to the South Quay in Douglas. The following vid…

Temporary Depot Deferred… Department seeking 'alternative' options.

ANYONE attending today's meeting of the Planning Committee hoping to witness discussion of the Department of Infrastructure's proposal to see "Erection of temporary horse tram facility including tram shed, stables, staff welfare facilities, parking and new vehicular access" on the site of the forme…

"This is by no means over. Its going to rattle on…"

Speaking on Manx Radio today, Secretary of the Manx Electric Railway Society Julian Nutter, branded the latest move by Tynwald for the Horse Tramway 'a mess'... JAMES DAVIS: The Secretary of the Manx Electric Railway Society has predicted the ongoing regeneration of Douglas Promenade will continue…

LATEST HORSE TRAM PLANS "MERS BRANDS PROM SAGA A MESS"

Manx Radio Reports "A well-known figure in the debate over the regeneration of Douglas promenade has predicted the saga will drag on a lot longer. Tynwald opted to retain the full length of the horse tram service - on just a single line - by 17 votes to 14 on Tuesday (17 Jan). The Secretary of the…

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