Picture in Time: Douglas Horse Tramway 34, 33 & 1

We are back in the middle of the Irish Sea for today’s Picture in Time image but this time we move away from electricity and feature the Douglas Horse Tramway on a wet day in 1992 with a view at the Strathallan terminus with the usual collection of trams in attendance.

Three trams are at the forefront of this photo (although there are another three horse cars and two MER trams also just about visible) with two GF Milnes cars of 1896 on the left – nos. 34 and 33 – and on the right is the newest tram in the Douglas fleet – yes that’s right no. 1 is actually the newest tram! The horse – before they carried name tags so we can’t identify the horse unfortunately – is just being attached to no. 1 before it departs with a service along the middle of Douglas Promenade to the Sea Terminal. Judging by the weather this is a sensible choice as all other trams present seem to open sided at the very least including nos. 34 and 33 which both carry extensive advertising with the former trying to make us all hungry with adverts for Golden Wonder crisps. Behind the trams is the now long gone Summerland entertainment complex with the car park pretty full as on a day like this it is probably best to be enjoying some activity which is undercover. The date of the photo is 26th August 1992.

Photograph by Ralph Oakes-Garnett

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2 Responses to Picture in Time: Douglas Horse Tramway 34, 33 & 1

  1. David Mee says:

    An interesting photo and very much of its time. All of these cars seem to have fallen out of favour recently with 43 and 45 being first cars of choice and 27 and 29 wet weather cars of choice. 33, 34 and 35 were regular performers to about 2008, with poor 35 now stranded at the home of rest for horses outside Douglas.

  2. Ken Jones says:

    I’m on holiday in IOM and in 7 days we have seen 36, 43 and 45 in service but I have taken photos of everything in store and at various museums

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