Category Archives: Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

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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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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