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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…

​Horse Tram Extension "Has to Be Balanced with Other Priorities"

DOI Minister admits Island is in a different financial situation since previous decision “The infrastructure minister has admitted the decision to extend the horse trams beyond the war memorial ‘has to be balanced with other priorities. Chris Thomas made the comments as the first tram departed the…

​Horse Trams Return to Douglas Promenade

Horse Trams returned to Douglas Promenade today, after an absence of almost three years. With the Summer Transport Festival in full swing, newly appointed DOI Minister Chris Thomas MHK, was on hand to officially open the tramway’s new depot on Strathallan Crescent. Regular readers of MTR will recal…

Minister To Give Update on Horse Trams at Ceremony

“The infrastructure minister is due to make an announcement later about the progress of the horse tram tracks and the imminent resumption of the service. It's been said in recent weeks that the horses will be back by the end of July. The heritage attraction hasn't been operational since 2019 and wi…

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