‘Raad tram-cabbil baie ghoolish’
“….tinkling tramcars, like toast racks, Sweeping the curve of the bay.” (Sir Hall Caine)
The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway
Established in 1876 by Thomas Lightfoot
Celebrating 141 Years on 7th August 2017
Photo  douglashorsetramway.net Welcome - ‘Failt ort’ Discover more about the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, running along the seafront in Douglas, on the Isle of Man.
The horse trams are an iconic part of the of the Isle of Man. Started in 1876 by Thomas Lightfoot to take advantage of the booming tourist trade, the 3ft gauge horse tramway runs from the main depot at Derby Castle, along the Promenade to the Sea Terminal. The trams run from early April until early November, and are currently operated by Isle of Man Transport as part of their Heritage Railway offering. Many of the original fleet of cars are still in use today, and it is a popular tourist attraction and tramway of important historic value. It is the oldest surviving Horse Tramway in Britain, and the only one to have operated continuously since its opening (with the exception of World War II). In South Australia, a similar system also exists. There are also other smaller horse drawn systems operating around the world.
‘Thomas Lightfoot’ Illustration  Sandra Constantine
Horsepower! Find out more about the beautiful Shires and Clydesdales who provide the ‘motive power’. Learn about their harness and discover more about the historic stables.
Isle of Man Home of Rest For Old Horses Find out more about its history and how you can support the residents. Included are opening times and photos of the current resident ‘trammers’.
Learn more >>
Plan your journey Everything you need to know to enjoy a ride on the horse trams, including timetable, fares, tram stop locations, stable tours and Manx Highway Code.
Over the coming weeks more will be added, so please check back for updates!
The horse trams are an iconic part of the of the Isle of Man. Started in 1876 by Thomas Lightfoot to take advantage of the booming tourist trade, the 3ft gauge horse tramway runs from the main depot at Derby Castle, along the Promenade to the Sea Terminal. The trams run from early April until early November, and are currently operated by Isle of Man Transport as part of their Heritage Railway offering. Many of the original fleet of cars are still in use today, and it is a popular tourist attraction and tramway of important historic value. It is the oldest surviving Horse Tramway in Britain, and the only one to have operated continuously since its opening (with the exception of World War II). In South Australia, a similar system also exists. There are also other smaller horse drawn systems operating around the world.
Welcome - ‘Failt ort’ Discover more about the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, running along the seafront in Douglas, on the Isle of Man.
Established in 1876 by Thomas Lightfoot
Celebrating 141 Years on 7th August 2017
Photo  www.douglashorsetramway.net
“….tinkling tramcars, like toast racks, Sweeping the curve of the bay.” (Sir Hall Caine)
The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway
Raad tram-cabbil baie ghoolish
‘Thomas Lightfoot’ Illustration  Sandra Constantine
Horsepower! Find out more about the beautiful Shires and Clydesdales who provide the ‘motive power’. Learn about their harness and discover more about the historic stables.
Isle of Man Home of Rest For Old Horses Find out more about its history and how you can support the residents. Included are opening times and photos of the current resident ‘trammers’.
Learn more >>
Plan your journey Everything you need to know to enjoy a ride on the horse trams, including timetable, fares, tram stop locations, stable tours and Manx Highway Code.
Over the coming weeks more will be added, so please check back for updates!
The horse trams are an iconic part of the of the Isle of Man. Started in 1876 by Thomas Lightfoot to take advantage of the booming tourist trade, the 3ft gauge horse tramway runs from the main depot at Derby Castle, along the Promenade to the Sea Terminal. The trams run from early April until early November, and are currently operated by Isle of Man Transport as part of their Heritage Railway offering. Many of the original fleet of cars are still in use today, and it is a popular tourist attraction and tramway of important historic value. It is the oldest surviving Horse Tramway in Britain, and the only one to have operated continuously since its opening (with the exception of World War II). In South Australia, a similar system also exists. There are also other smaller horse drawn systems operating around the world.
Celebrating 141 Years on 7th August 2017
Established in 1876 by Thomas Lightfoot
‘Raad tram-cabbil baie ghoolish’
“….tinkling tramcars, like toast racks, Sweeping the curve of the bay.” (Sir Hall Caine)
The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway
Welcome - ‘Failt ort’ Discover more about the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, running along the seafront in Douglas, on the Isle of Man. Photo  www.douglashorsetramway.net ‘Thomas Lightfoot’ Illustration  Sandra Constantine
Horsepower! Find out more about the beautiful Shires and Clydesdales who provide the ‘motive power’. Learn about their harness and discover more about the historic stables.
Isle of Man Home of Rest For Old Horses Find out more about its history and how you can support the residents. Included are opening times and photos of the current resident ‘trammers’.
Learn more >>
Plan your journey Everything you need to know to enjoy a ride on the horse trams, including timetable, fares, tram stop locations, stable tours and Manx Highway Code.
Over the coming weeks more will be added, so please check back for updates!