Category Archives: Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

Manx Electric Railway 125th anniversary celebration – more details announced

Whilst most of us are still waiting to find out what is going to happen in 2017 Isle of Man Railways are going one step further by already announcing some outline details of what they will be doing to celebrate … Continue reading

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Another tram leaves the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

Winter Saloon 27 has left the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway although unlike fellow Winter Saloon 28 which departed earlier this month this is just a temporary move to allow for the tram to undergo attention and it will be back … Continue reading

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Douglas horse trams to appear on TV

The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway is set to star in an episode of BBC1′s rural current affairs programme Countryfile on Sunday 26th February. This episode will see presenters Ellie Harrison and Joe Crowley visit a number of sights on the … Continue reading

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Douglas 28 on the move

It may be remembered that last year, a small number of Douglas horse trams were sold off at auction. Initially it was announced that, once sold, the trams would all have to be removed from Strathallan depot within a fairly … Continue reading

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Douglas Bay Horse Tramway will retain its full length after all

Tynwald have voted to retain the full length of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway following the latest debate which took place on Tuesday 17th January. Double track will be replaced between Derby Castle and Broadway with a single track line … Continue reading

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More details revealed for temporary horse tram facility

Earlier this week we reported on the planning application submitted by the Department of Infrastructure for a temporary structure on the old Summerland site to house both the trams and horses to support the continued operation of the Douglas Bay … Continue reading

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Douglas tram curtailment plan stopped – for now

Controversial plans which would have seen the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway cut in length with the section between the Villa Marina and Sea Terminal abandoned have been narrowly rejected at Tynwald. However despite this vote it is not the end … Continue reading

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Douglas Horse Tramway to be relaid – but only partly

It may be a new government on the Isle of Man but it really seems to be the same old decision making as the latest plans for the reconstruction of Douglas Promenade will see the Horse Tramway only relaid between … Continue reading

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Major increase in passenger numbers in Douglas

It has been confirmed that the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway enjoyed a successful season with a 42.7% increase in passenger numbers in comparison to the 2015 season. The operating season in 2016 may have been longer than it has been … Continue reading

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Douglas Bay Horse Tramway ends a successful season

Sunday 30th October saw the end of a successful season for the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway – a season which it seemed for a time at the start of the year we may never have seen. With the Department of … Continue reading

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John & Fletcher retire from Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

We often report on trams being withdrawn from service but rarely do we run a story on when horses are retired from active duty – until now! Recently two of the trammers who are the key to the success of … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

Just the one Photo Gallery for you this week as we head back to the Isle of Man once again:

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Event Report: Isle of Man Heritage Transport Festival and preceding charters by the Isle of Man Fifty Group, 20th July – 1st August

The Isle of Man is an heritage transport jewel in the middle of the Irish sea. On an island barely 38 miles long and 13 miles wide you can experience three different steam railways, vintage bus, commercial vehicle, car and … Continue reading

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Going, going, gone! Six horse trams sold – but what now?

The much-discussed auction on Saturday 27th August on the Isle of Man, resulted in the sale of six long-withdrawn Douglas horse tramcars. The six raised a combined total of £9,200 – some would say a rather measly sum considering the … Continue reading

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Horse tram stables put up for sale

The historic Summer Hill stables, home to the trammers of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway since 1877, have been put up for sale by Douglas Borough Council. Although not an unexpected move it is still disappointing that such an historic … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Douglas Bay Horse Tramway 21

After a summer break Picture in Time is back! Continuing our current Douglas Bay Horse Tramway theme we head to the Isle of Man for this instalment as we feature one of the Toastracks still plying its trade along the … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

We actually have some updates over on the main site for you this week as we add a couple more Photo Galleries:

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Douglas horse tram set for Wales?

With the auction of six surplus tramcars from the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway imminent, this development continues to dominate the news as a number of interested parties come forward to inspect the trams and consider potential options for their future. … Continue reading

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More details revealed for Douglas Horse Tram sale

Following the news at the end of the week that Douglas Borough Council were to make six surplus trams available for sale by auction further details have now been released including confirmation of which six trams will be up for … Continue reading

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Douglas Bay Horse Tramway celebrates 140 years

It was an anniversary which it was feared may be celebrated without any trams running but on Sunday 7th August the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway was the centre of attention on the Isle of Man as 140 years of operation … Continue reading

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