Category Archives: Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

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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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 18 – Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

Of course the Isle of Man isn’t just about the Manx Electric Railway and although it was the 125th Anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway that was being celebrated we can’t resist the opportunity to feature some of the other … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 8 – More from the Horse Tram Cavalcade

The Cavalcade continued with some of the more regular trams in service and this article takes a look at a couple more of those involved.

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 7 – Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Cavalcade starts

Just a day after the MER Cavalcade and the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway was at it as well! Joining in its younger sisters celebrations seven trams were paraded the entire length of the horse tramway (and back!) – in its … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 2 – The Flying Horse Tram!

With Douglas Bay Horse Tramway 1 being used at Laxey Station for the MER 125th Anniversary party on 2nd September it had to be transported by lorry to and from the event. In the below photos we see it being … Continue reading

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Demolition work starts on Strathallan Depot

No sooner had Tynwald approved the plans (and funding) for the reconstruction of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway’s depot at Strathallan than the bulldozers had moved in to start demolishing the current life expired building. Work started on Monday 26th … Continue reading

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Tynwald approves Strathallan Depot reconstruction plans – and future of the horse trams secured too

Strathallan Depot – home of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway trams – future is secure following the approval by Tynwald of the reconstruction of the structure to a condition that will closely replicate the original 1902 building. At the same … Continue reading

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Relive the 125th Anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway

At the start of September this year the Manx Electric Railway celebrated its 125th anniversary with a week long special event held including the return of Ratchet Car 14, special tram tours and a Cavalcade. The event may start to … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Douglas Bay Horse Tramway marks end of an era

Sunday 21st October is a date which will go down in the history of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway as one of those key dates as it was the very last chance that the service would run on double track … Continue reading

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27 gets ready for the Douglas end of an era Cavalcade

We’ve already reported on the “New Beginnings” celebration on the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway with trams running on the old double track formation in its entirety for the very last time on Sunday 21st October to allow for the Prom … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

We conclude our coverage from the Isle of Man and the 125th Anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway events including images in the immediate aftermath:

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Event Review: Horse Trams join in the celebrations

After a week of celebrations the Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary came to an end with a further day of events, including the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway getting in the act with a seven tram Cavalcade. But the MER was … Continue reading

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Day of celebrations to mark last use of historic horse tramway alignment

Sunday 21st October will be a historic day for the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway as it is due to be the last day the current full double track alignment between Derby Castle and the Sea Terminal will be in use. … Continue reading

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Douglas Bay Horse Tramway to end 2018 season early

It has been confirmed that the 2018 operating season on the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway will end earlier than planned with the last trams now due to run on Sunday 21st October. It had originally been planned that trams would … Continue reading

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Storm Ali makes its mark

Storm season is upon us with Storm Ali causing major disruption across the northern part of the British Isles including service suspension on tramways in Dublin and on the Isle of Man.

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This week on British Trams Online

As you can tell from just below this article the start of our coverage from the 125th Anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway events is now online. In this update we cover the first four days of events – huge … Continue reading

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Event Review: MER 125 gets off to a soggy start

Opening in 1893 between Douglas and Groudle, the Manx Electric Railway celebrated its 125th anniversary with a week long special event at the start of September – and what an event it was! Trams returning to service, cavalcades, intensive services, … Continue reading

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Preparatory works to start on Douglas Promenade

It has been due to happen for what seems like a long time but finally the reconstruction of Douglas Promenade is set to get underway with the first preparatory works scheduled to commence on Monday 17th September. Of course, the … Continue reading

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