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MER DOMINATES BRITISH TRAM OF THE YEAR AWARDS

‘Three Out of Four Prizes for Island Tramway’ “The Manx Electric Railway has dominated proceedings at the British Trams Online Tram of the Year awards 2018, taking three out of the four top prizes. The full list of awards can be viewed at British Trams Online The MER won accolades for the tradition…

The Latest Demonstrator Bus

By Mike Jones The 11.5metre Wright Street-Deck demonstrator is now on the Island.It has a longer version of the Gemini 3 bodywork as fitted to the two newest Volvos in the existing fleet, but with extra glazing on the corners to improve the forward view of top deck passengers, and extensive glazing…

Recent Horse Tramway Developments

Work continues of the major rebuilding of Douglas Promenade, the lifting of rails from the Horse Tramway and preparation work prior to the construction of the replacement tramway depot. A December 2018 view looking north along Strathallan Crescent, showing the excavation of the road surface and lif…

Ian Longworth Stands Down From Full-time Work

Ian Bates takes on role for limited term 'The man who has been instrumental in shaping the Island's public transport system over the last decade is stepping down from full-time work. Ian Longworth is moving to a three day week as he heads towards a planned retirement. Whilst Mr Longworth will conti…

Delivery Of New Buses & A Demonstartor Visits The Island.

The following four photos were taken of and on board an Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 demonstrator. It was on a 4 week visit to the Island in December with a view to new purchases to replace the oldest ten (10-year-old) double deckers in the fleet. It is 11.5 metres long (as against 9 metres for the…

Tomato Box No 49 On The Move!

This morning, former Douglas Corporation ‘Tomato Box’ horse car No.49 which has been subjected to open storage in Ramsey for a number of years, left its resting place, apparently for accommodation in Andreas. The car which has looked increasingly distressed in recent years, against the odds remaine…

Demoltion of Strathallan Depot

Following Tynwald approval earlier in the month for the replacement of the Horse Tramway Depot, work commenced on Monday, November 26, to demolish the original 1896 building. Earlier the tramway’s cars left the depot for the last time for secure storage elsewhere. Completion of the new building is…

MER To Gain A New Depot ?

“The UK’s biggest homebuilder is considering a multi-million pound project to redevelop the former Summerland site, it was claimed in Tynwald today. Backbench MHK Chris Robertshaw revealed details during a debate on spending £1.5m on reconstructing the Strathallan horse tram depot. Mr Robertshaw sa…

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