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"Hasty" horse tram sale nets just £9,200

The horse trams put up for auction by Douglas Borough Council on Saturday fetched just £9,200. The sale, announced during a time when many would be on holiday, gave just two weeks for prospective buyers to put together a bid. As reported by the MERS, the disposal of these trams is part of a bigger…

TRAMWAY STABLES FOR SALE – WHAT NEXT?

With seeming indecent haste and hot on the heels of the forthcoming auction (Sat 27th August) of six 'surplus' horse cars, Douglas Borough Council has now put it's historic tramway stables on the market. The sale is being handled by Chapman Chartered Surveyors of Athol Street, Douglas. The listing…

MERS claims SALE is part of plan to move stables...

Speaking on Manx Radio today, Julian Nutter, Secretary of the Manx Electric Railway Society claims next week's sale is part of a bigger plan to move the stables - whilst avoiding potential political embarrassment: MR NUTTER: “This is jumping the gun. And its jumping the gun for a political reason.…

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE MANX ELECTRIC RAILWAY SOCIETY

At some point last Thursday, the day before the dissolution of Tynwald, a press release on behalf of Douglas Borough Council announced the sale of six Douglas horse trams by auction. The auction is to occur very swiftly. The auction will occur on 27.08.16 at 10:00. The trams if purchased will need…

SAFE IN THEIR HANDS ?

"MOULTON: They are very unique, but is there a sort of reserve? I mean how much are they worth even? PITTS: I’ve no idea. It depends I suppose, what condition each one is in. I don’t know what condition. I know they haven’t been used recently. But, any enthusiasts who will go along and have the old…

A Buyer For Car 37 ?

A party of potential purchasers for the ‘surplus’ Douglas horse cars which are due to be auctioned off on Saturday 27th August, were escorted around Strathallan Depot today (16th August), to allow viewing of the lots concerned. The MERS can report that amongst the potential purchasers were represen…

Six 'Surplus' Trams To Be Auctioned *****UPDATE*****

On Thursday 11th August 2016, Douglas Borough Council announced that it is to auction off six 'surplus' trams from the Douglas Bay Tramway. The cars being offered are as follows:- Winter Saloon 28 Bulkhead Crossbench 33 Bulkhead Crossbench 34 …

Manx Heritage Transport Festival 2016

Over the years David Hennessey has been a regular visitor to the Island during the Manx Heritage Transport Festivals. David has kindly made photographs from this year’s event available to the Manx Electric Railway Society for use on the website. To view the article click HERE.

Horse Trams 140th Celebrations

The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway will celebrate its 140th birthday this weekend and everyone is invited to join in the celebrations. The flagship event will be the 140th anniversary cavalcade of 10 trams, departing Strathallan terminus at 4pm on Sunday 7 August 2016. Special commemorative tickets can…

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