Category Archives: Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

Horse Trams start testing!

Following hot on the heels of the unique use of Manx Electric Railway works car 34 on Tuesday 21st May along the new Douglas Bay Horse Tramway tracks the first horse tram of 2019 has now run with Rocky hauling … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Horse trams move home – with an interloper

We may still wait the start of horse tram service in Douglas but it is getting closer with the transport of the first of the operational horse trams to their temporary home for 2019. 29, 42 and 45 were all … Continue reading

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Douglas horse trams set to run for 500 metres to start season

It now seems that when the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway starts services for 2019 it will only be running for 500 metres between Derby Castle and Switzerland Road. It is still expected that the service will kick off in mid-late … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Douglas Prom redevelopment continues

As we have reported over the winter (and before with the eternal debates over exactly what form it would take) Douglas Promenade is currently being redeveloped which as far as this website is concerned involves a significant amount of work … Continue reading

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A May start for Douglas Bay Horse Tramway services

It now looks as if it will mid to late May for a start of services for the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, according to a new statement released by Isle of Man Transport. In the statement they say that services … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Behind the Scenes at Derby Castle Sheds

One of the highlights of practically any tram event is the chance to see “behind the scenes” of a depot whether that be on the Isle of Man at Derby Castle or Laxey or at Blackpool’s Rigby Road Depot. And … Continue reading

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No confirmed start date for Douglas Bay Horse Tramway but testing imminent

It’s just a week before the previously published start date of services for 2019 on the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway but it remains unclear just when passengers will be able to enjoy a ride with Isle of Man Transport stating … Continue reading

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Meet the Trammers events back for 2019

The popular Meet the Trammers event will be back again for the 2019 season allowing participants to see behind the scenes at the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway’s Summer Hill Stables. Not only does this give the chance to meet some … Continue reading

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First track in place in Douglas

With the first horse tram services for 2019 due to run next month a major milestone has been reached in the Prom redevelopment work – the laying of the first new tracks. The first rails have been put down in … Continue reading

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Details announced for 2019 Manx Heritage Transport Festival

It may still only be March but that doesn’t mean it is too soon for details of what will be happening at the 2019 Manx Heritage Transport Festival to be announced. Traditionally one of the earliest events of the year … Continue reading

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Planning application submitted for tram marquee in Douglas

Whilst we still don’t quite know when the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway may start running in 2019 (25th April is still the nominal date announced but is subject to change depending on progress on the Prom reconstruction works) plans are … Continue reading

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Douglas Prom redevelopment works update

Over the past few months we have been reporting on tramway construction works in Blackpool, Manchester and at both ends of West Midlands Metro but there has also been another project ongoing during the winter, that of the reconstruction of … Continue reading

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Chance to Sponsor a Trammer

A new initiative for 2019 on the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway is the chance to sponsor a Trammer – for just £12! The Trammers are the horses who work hard throughout the season hauling the trams along Douglas Promenade and … Continue reading

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Another busy winter at Derby Castle Works

Each winter the Manx Electric Railway may close to the public but that doesn’t mean everyone takes a break until the following spring – far from it! Once again this winter Derby Castle Sheds have been a hive of activity … Continue reading

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Birkenhead, Douglas and Seaton celebrate wins at Heritage Railway Association Awards

The annual Heritage Railway Associate Awards – held with a lavish ceremony – have seen two tramways in the British Isles celebrating. The Seaton Tramway in Devon, the Isle of Man’s Douglas Bay Horse Tramway and the Merseyside Tramway Preservation … Continue reading

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Campaign launched to restore Douglas Horse Tram 32

The Douglas Bay Tramway Heritage Trust have announced plans to raise funds to restore Sunshade tramcar 32 to become part of the museum fleet to operate on the tramway. 32 is one of the trams which has been retained by … Continue reading

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Details announced for Isle of Man’s Rush Hour on the Railways 2019

It’s a surreal sight for us to see an official leaflet publicising a major event celebrating the fact that the Manx Electric Railway won the British Trams Online Tramway of the Year for 2018 but that is exactly what greets … Continue reading

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Heritage tramways on Isle of Man continue to be popular

2018 was another successful year for the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, Manx Electric Railway and Snaefell Mountain Railway with increased passenger numbers recorded throughout the year on all lines. Indeed, of those lines operated by Isle of Man Railways the … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 29 – Another look at the horse trams

Today we head back to the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway for another look at the horse trams in service. This time around we feature those horse cars which aren’t in service that often – 1, 12 and 18.

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 23 – Shunting at Derby Castle sheds

Today we are heading up to Derby Castle Sheds to view some trams being shunted around the yard at various times during the events week (and beyond!). And its not only MER cars being moved…

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