Category Archives: Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway operating loss given as neared to £200k after all

Earlier in the week we reported on the £500,000 loss made by the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway but after further discussions in the local media – along with comments on the news story – it has now been confirmed that … Continue reading

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Summer Hill Stables purchased by Isle of Man Government

One of many ongoing sagas on the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway is now seemingly resolved with the news that the Department of Infrastructure have purchased Summer Hill Stables from Douglas Borough Council and they will now be retained for their … Continue reading

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Horse trams post loss of almost £500k in 2017

Isle of Man Today have this week reported that the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway posted losses of £483,299 in 2017 according to figures released after a Freedom of Information request. The large increase in operating costs for 2017 in comparison … Continue reading

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Douglas Bay Horse Tramway 45 back into service

The second Douglas Bay Horse Tramway tram to have enjoyed a major overhaul – 45 – has been completed and returned to service on Friday 6th April. This follows in the footsteps of British Trams Online Tram of the Year … Continue reading

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Plans revealed for new Strathallan tram depot

For several years the condition of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway depot at Strathallan has been a major cause for concern with the building currently cordoned off, although still used for the storage of the trams. Now in order to … Continue reading

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Yet more poor weather causes problems (**updated 3rd April**)

It seems to be a never-ending winter weather wise – even though we are now officially in spring! – and Monday 2nd April (a Bank Holiday, of course, which means we probably shouldn’t be too surprised the weather isn’t exactly … Continue reading

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Snaefell Mountain Railway and Douglas Bay Horse Tramway start another season

Despite doubts expressed whether the Snaefell Mountain Railway would reopen at the start of 2018 the first services to the Summit were operated on Good Friday, 30th March – a day later than planned but it now seems to be … Continue reading

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Derby Castle welcomes more horse cars for maintenance

There was a time not too long ago that the movement of a horse car to the Manx Electric Railway’s Derby Castle workshops would have been a major story but now it is becoming more and more normal – in … Continue reading

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Douglas Prom redevelopment gets planning approval

The redevelopment of Douglas Promenade is set to go-ahead following planning approval given this week. Subject to any late appeals this should mean that work will be able to get underway this September with the project completed in three years. … Continue reading

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Summer Hill Stables proposed for Protected Register

The Department of Environment, Food & Agriculture have confirmed that are to submit proposals to enter the historic Summer Hill Stables, used by the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway since construction in 1877, in the Isle of Man Protected Buildings Register … Continue reading

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Douglas 1 heads to Laxey as preparations continue for MER 125 events

It may still be seven months away but preparations are already underway for the Manx Electric Railway 125 events which take place between 1st and 8th September. One of the early highlights looks set to be the unique operation of … Continue reading

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Details released for Rush Hour on the Railways

The first special event of 2018 on the Isle of Man will once again be Rush Hour on the Railways which takes place over the Easter weekend between Friday 30th March and Monday 2nd April. This four day “celebration of … Continue reading

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Planning permission given for new depot and stables – but Summer Hill will continue to be used in 2018!

It has been confirmed that the Department of Infrastructure’s planning application for a new temporary horse tram structure on part of the former Summerland complex adjacent to Derby Castle has been approved. However, at the same time it is also … Continue reading

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Toastrack 42 the next tram to go for overhaul

The amount of investment which has gone towards the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway since it became part of Isle of Man Railways looks set to see no sign of reducing with the news that Toastrack 42 is now to undergo … Continue reading

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Open trams for MER and evening service for Douglas in 2018

Isle of Man Railways have released details of the 2018 timetables for the Manx Electric Railway, Snaefell Mountain Railway, Douglas Bay Horse Tramway and, although out of our scope, the Isle of Man Steam Railway. The regular pattern of different … Continue reading

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Douglas, Sheffield and Statfold Barn win in Tram of the Year 2017

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway 36 – which returned to service on the very last day of the 2017 season after a major overhaul – has been voted the Tram of the Year (Traditional) for 2017 after six weeks of public … Continue reading

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Planning application made for Douglas Promenade

Another of those long-running sagas is that of the redevelopment of Douglas Promenade, which remains of interest to tram enthusiasts as it affects the future of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway. As reported in depth previously on these pages the … Continue reading

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Call to retain Summer Hill Stables in tramway ownership

It is another saga which seems as if it will never end, the future of the historic Summer Hill Stables which have been the home of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway trammers for over 140 years. Ever since Douglas Borough … Continue reading

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British Trams Online at 15 – Events: Douglas Bay Horse Tramway 140th Anniversary

The next entry into our special series of events which have taken place over the past 15 years is another once which has happened fairly recently – the 140th Anniversary of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway.

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Record breaking year for Isle of Man Railways

Despite a year that might be described as difficult especially in respect of the Snaefell Mountain Railway, Isle of Man Transport have announced that 2017 saw record passenger numbers carried across the four railways and tramways they operate. The Isle … Continue reading

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