For anyone on the Isle of Man who has been missing their fix of the Isle of Man Transport run heritage railways and tramways the news they have been waiting for is in – services will resume on the Manx Electric Railway, Snaefell Mountain Railway and Isle of Man Steam Railway in May!
As with the curtailed 2020 season services won’t be running seven days a week, until at least 18th July, which is when operating dates have been confirmed as far at the moment.
Although we are primarily a tram website in order for completeness the dates and services for all three are as follows:
Manx Electric Railway
Service starts from Saturday 22nd May and will run every Saturday and Sunday until Sunday 18th July plus Monday 31st May, Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th, Thursday 10th and Friday 11th June then Fridays 2nd, 9th and 16th July.
Timetable C will operate requiring 4 car sets. This sees eight return trips from Derby Castle to Ramsey with the first departure north at 0940 and last departure from Ramsey at 1640. There is also an additional Derby Castle-Laxey service at 1610 and 1655 return.
Snaefell Mountain Railway
Service starts from Saturday 29th May and will then run on the same dates as the Manx Electric Railway
Timetable C will operate with half hourly departures from Laxey to the Summit between 1015 and 1545 (return trips between 1110 and 1640).
Isle of Man Steam Railway
Service starts from Thursday 27th May, operating every Saturday and Sunday until Sunday 18th July. Also running Friday 28th and Monday 31st May, Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th, Thursday 10th, Friday 11th June and Fridays 2nd, 9th and 16th July.
Timetable R will run giving 4 return trips daily between Douglas and Port Erin. In addition on Friday 4th June and Friday 2nd July Dining Car timetable C will run (early morning departure from Port Erin plus a return evening trip from Douglas)
As mentioned above only the dates until Sunday 18th July have been announced with further details to follow later in the year beyond this. It should also be remembered that the borders to the Isle of Man remain closed to non-residents.
No information has been revealed on the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway.
More details on the Isle of Man’s heritage railways/tramways are available at https://www.iombusandrail.im/heritage