"The wraps are off on the new Douglas horse tram depot.

A £1.5m project to build a replica tram shed at Strathallan is nearing completion.

The hoardings have been taken down, allowing a first glimpse of the new building.

It is due to be completed by the end of this month with an official opening ceremony planned for April.

Demolition of the old depot, which dated back to 1902 and was described by the Infrastructure Minister Ray Harmer in Tynwald as ’literally falling apart’, took place in December 2018.

Its replacement closely resembles the original, at least from the front.

The facade of the building is based on the original, with 12 roller-shuttered doors, a parapet and mouldings.

There will be room to accommodate 13 horse tramcars.

In the west wing there will be the main staff facilities.

And in the east wing there will be an indoor ticket sales area and washrooms for passengers, as well as a space for a possible cafe or tearoom in the future which in the meantime will be used to store five Manx Electric Railway tramcars."

Isle of Man Newspapers

A full account of the rebuilding of Strathallan Depot which feature in Manx Transport Review No.98 which is due in May 2020.


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