Step back in time for a journey you will never forget, experience the grandeur of travelling between Douglas and the south of the Island on a Victorian railway, perfectly frozen in time.
Sit back, relax and enjoy a journey through the beautiful and ever changing Manx countryside thanks to Victorian engineering that has well and truly stood the test of time.
Children will love travelling on the train line especially if they are Thomas the Tank Engine fans. Thomas and the Magic Railroad film was made here on the Isle of Man - . Click here to see further details on where the Thomas film locations were.
Opened in 1874, this narrow gauge railway still runs with its original locomotives and carriages, through an ever changing landscape, to a choice of destinations in the south of the island, these include the ancient monastery of Rushen Abbey, the impressive Castle Rushen, the Old House of Keys and the Nautical Museum all within the Ancient Capital Castletown and walking distance of train station. A really good reason to purchase a Heritage Explorer Ticket. Further down the line there are a number of sheltered, sandy beaches, and the Port Erin Railway Museum.
A one way journey along the beautiful Manx countryside running the full length from Douglas to Port Erin takes an hour to complete. The Timetable can be found here. In July and August, the peak months of the holiday season, there are seven return trains a day through the countryside, one of which is an evening service.
The Steam Railway is a truly unique Railway, it's something everyone should experience, allowing you to travel around the south with ease. The Railway has been granted a new lease of life and is enjoying all the benefits of the largest reinvestment in renewal, improvement and maintenance since the Railway was built. Like the landscape the steam trains have preserved their identity in an ever changing world.
The Port Erin Railway Museum, first opened in 1975, is a must for all visitors. Located next to Port Erin Railway Station, the museum houses a collection of locomotives, rolling stock, railwayana, posters, handbills and interpretive displays. Housed within the museum in the former goods shed is the souvenir shop, which stocks all manner of railway-related items.