Category Archives: Manx Electric Railway

Snaefell 1 says goodbye to the blues

After 11 years of running in the original Blue and White livery, Snaefell Mountain Railway 1 has now returned to the more standard Red, White and Teak livery style following a repaint undertaken at the Car Sheds in Laxey. The … Continue reading

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Manx Electric Railway starts its 131st season!

The Manx Electric Railway has become the latest tramway to start running for another year with the first public services taking place on Tuesday 12th March. This marks the 131st season of operation for the line between Derby Castle and … Continue reading

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Isle of Man timetables for 2024 released

The timetables due to be operated by the four railways and tramways operated by Isle of Man Railways this year have been released and its pretty much a case of as you were with no major changes planned for any … Continue reading

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Full SYSTRA report released

The full report completed for the Isle of Man government by SYSTRA on the heritage railways and tramways on the island has now been released. Coming around a week after the recommendations had been revealed, the full 95 page report … Continue reading

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SYSTRA Isle of Man Railway report recommendations released

Its been long awaited and finally the report into the future of Isle of Man Railways (including the Steam Railway, Manx Electric Railway, Snaefell Mountain Railway and Douglas Bay Horse Tramway), which was originally expected in September 2023 is nearly … Continue reading

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They Ran in 2023!

We round-up things of which heritage trams ran in service on tramways in the British Isles during 2023 with a final “They Ran in 2023!”. In truth since we last ran this article at the start of November 2023 there … Continue reading

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And the winners are! Isle of Man and Edinburgh victorious in Tram of the Year 2023

Five categories and two winners, that is the story of the British Trams Online Tram of the Year 2023. After four weeks of voting the Manx Electric Railway can celebrate wins in three categories whilst the other two categories see … Continue reading

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The Completely Random A-Z of Trams in the British Isles! P is for Parallel Run

Another letter in our A-Z today as we reach the letter P.

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The Completely Random A-Z of Trams in the British Isles! I is for Isle of Man

For the letter I it’s a bit of a two for the price of one as we head to the Isle of Man and include two systems in one photo.

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British Trams Online Tram of the Year 2023 – Voting Now Open!

Thank you to all those who took the time to send in nominations for the British Trams Online Tram of the Year 2023 – your ideas have helped us to form a shortlist as (for the first time) we look … Continue reading

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Increase in passenger numbers on the Isle of Man heritage lines!

Some pleasing news to report from the Isle of Man is a major increase in passenger numbers recorded on the various heritage lines on the island – including for both the Manx Electric Railway and the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway.

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What’s New on British Trams Online? 19th November 2023

Its back to the Isle of Man for our latest set of photos:

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They’ve Run in 2023!

With the start of November traditionally the end of most heritage tram operating seasons across the British Isles (with just Beamish and Blackpool now offering the regular chance to ride on a heritage tram over the next couple of months, … Continue reading

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The MER in winter

The Manx Electric Railway closes once the main season is over at the end of October?! Wrong! Although the main operating season did come to an end on Sunday 29th October and there are no more timetabled services until the … Continue reading

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2024 dates announced for Isle of Man heritage lines

We may still be a few weeks away from the end of the 2023 season but that doesn’t mean its too soon to look ahead to next year as the 2024 operating dates for the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, Manx … Continue reading

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What’s New on British Trams Online? 1st October 2023

We’re back with another main site update! After a month’s gap we start our round-up of various tram events which took place in September with photos from the Isle of Man which helped to celebrate 130 years of the Manx … Continue reading

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Tim Crookall returns to be Minister for Infrastructure

Tim Crookall MHK has been reappointed as Minister for Infrastructure in the Isle of Man Government. Mr Crookall previously held the role from October 2021 to June 2022, with this period including one of uncertainty for the Douglas Bay Horse … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Manx Electric Railway celebrates 130 years of operation

On 7th September 1893 the Manx Electric Railway (or Douglas and Laxey Coast Electric Tramway as it was then) ran its first public services between Derby Castle in Douglas to Groudle. As we know over the years this line was … Continue reading

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They’ve Run in 2023!

Having last taken a look at which heritage trams have run in passenger service in British Isles during 2023 at the start of June you’d think almost three months later that there may be quite a few changes? In this … Continue reading

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Isle of Man Diary – 27th to 30th July 2023

Carrying on from last week David Mee takes us through what was happening at the latter end of the Transport Festival between 27th and 30th July 2023.

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