Seemingly competing with the Blackpool North Railway Station tramway extension for how long can it possibly take to complete, work on the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway has been continuing over the summer months on the Isle of Man with tracks being laid on the final section as far as Broadway. In this latest pictorial update we have a look at the scene in early October on Central Prom and towards the Sea Terminal. Geoff Pickles provides the pictorial side of the article.
Its been a while since we last reported on the situation for the tramway so a reminder of where we are. It has been agreed that the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway will run at least between Derby Castle and Broadway with the tracks running along the centre of the road until the very end of this section when they swing across the Prom road to a temporary terminus. It had been hoped – and there was previously a vote in favour of this – that the tramway would then run on a single track alignment at the side of the road all the way to the Sea Terminal on a new tram corridor. However, there is still no guarantee that this section will be laid with funding seemingly not in place and the understanding is that a further Tynwald vote will be needed (with elections having taken place during September presumably it will be discussed in due course) to give permission for the umpteenth time for the full line to be constructed.
No Douglas Bay Horse Tramway services have run in either 2020 or 2021 bit it is hoped that there will be a return in 2022 – but whether this will be from Derby Castle to Broadway or Derby Castle to the Sea Terminal remains to be seen.