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Check out our events -  from dining to ultimate driving experiences - we have something to suit everybody.

Steam into Christmas on board the Dining Car

Steam into ChristmasWhether a sparkling reception, a Christmas team night out or a get-together with friends and family, we have Christmas all wrapped up on the Dining Car. Enjoy Festive flutes or cocktails alongside our Christmas food. We offer sit down lunches and dinners or a variety of Christmas bits and party nights, so combined with service that is second-ton-none from our team, its sure to be a very Merry Christmas.

Please take a look through our brochure or call Anne on +44 1624 697457 for further details and to make your reservation.

Take the Santa Express to Santa’s Grotto

Take the Santa Express to Santa's Grotto where all the children receive a gift and enjoy seasonal refreshments on board the Dining Car.

£15 per person, under ones go free. Price includes Santa visit, travel and seasonal refreshments on board the Dining Car at Santon Station.

Call the Welcome Centre on +44 1624 662525 or book online now.

Take the Santa Express to Santa’s Grotto

Rush Hour on the Railways

Rush Hour 2018

Friday 30 March – Sunday 2 April 2018. 

Join us to celebrate the beginning of the 2018 operating season with four day celebration of Isle of Man Railways. 

Keep up to date with this page and our Facebook and Twitter pages for all the latest information regarding Rush Hour and details of ticket sales.

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Manx Heritage Transport Festival

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Wednesday 25 July – Sunday 29 July 2018 

Enjoy five action packed days travel on the Isle of Man Railways unrivalled network of heritage railways – nostalgia guaranteed! 

Keep up to date with this page and our Facebook and Twitter pages for all the latest information regarding Transport Festival and details of ticket sales. 

 

The 125th Anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway

125th Anniversary

Saturday 1 September – Saturday 8 September 2018 

On Friday 7 September 2018 the Manx Electric Railway will celebrate a milestone anniversary of 125 years since the opening of the line from Derby Castle to Groudle in 1893. To mark this very special occasion we are hosting a week of events to celebrate the unique railway. 

Keep up to date with this page and our Facebook and Twitter pages for all the latest information regarding MER 125 and details of ticket sales. 

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Private hire

An experience on our heritage railways will ensure that your event stands out from the rest. Whatever your milestone, be it an anniversary, birthday, corporate event or any celebration, we can help you celebrate in style and make your day truly memorable.

A spectacular journey through beautiful Manx countryside, aboard one of our steam trains, the Manx Electric Railway or Snaefell Mountain tram will ensure your event is talked about and remembered by all.

You and your guests can book a private train, hire the Dining Car, Victorian tram or Snaefell Dining experience for the event, specially scheduled to suit your plans.

All packages can be tailored to meet your requirements, contact us on HireMe@gov.im and we will see what we can do to deliver a truly extra special event.

Group travel

Discounts are available for parties of 20 or more people travelling together. Contact the Charter Co-ordinator, David Thornton, David.Thornton@gov.im

Manx Electric Railway Museum, Douglas

Open midday to 4pm every Sunday when the MER is operating. 

The museum is located adjacent to Derby Castle tram sheds.

Admission is free.

The Manx Electric Railway Museum was opened by volunteers on 1 June 2014. 

Its collection was brought together by Derby Castle workshop supervisor Steve Hall. The museum has a wealth of historical artefacts that were discovered in tidy-ups of the workshops or in people’s sheds. Others were in storage at Banks Circus – Public Transport headquarters.

The museum has information boards about the beginnings of the trams and items for people to handle including an old controller and armature – part of a tram’s motor. 

IoM Railways regrets that access to the museum is not suitable for people with disabilities. There is no public parking adjacent to the site, which is a short walk from the north end of Douglas promenade. 

Railway museum, Port Erin

Port Erin Railway Museum

Established in 1975 the Railway Museum charts the history of the Steam Railway from its inception in 1873, including the now disused lines to Peel, Ramsey and Foxdale. It can be found next door to Port Erin Station at the southern end of the line.

It is home to a fine collection of steam locomotives plus the Royal Train carriage which carried The Queen and Queen Mother in 1963 and Queen Elizabeth II in 1972. There are also memorabilia, posters and interpretive displays. 

Open from 9.30am to 4.30pm on days the Steam Railway operates.

Admission is £2 adults, £1 children. Free admission with a Go Explore Heritage card. 

Expert guides from our Heritage Railway Volunteers are generally on hand on Sunday mornings from 11am to 1pm to offer informative tours of the museum. Additionally, guides are available on Thursday evenings between 7.30pm and 9pm from 15 July until 14 September 2017.

The museum also boasts an extensive souvenir shop that is home to the Isle of Man’s only railway simulator. Unveiled in summer 2016, the Drive the Diesel simulator experience costs £5 for a 15 minute session or £10 for the enthusiast level training.

Drive the Diesel No 21 Simulator Experience

Drive the Diesel No 21 Simulator Experience

Railway Museum, Port Erin

Simulator drives are available from 10am to 4pm on days the steam railway operates.

To book call 836855.

Two driving experiences suitable for all ages*

Driving training level 1 - £5

  • Learn to drive No 21
  • Move carriages from Port St Mary to Port Erin
  • Shunt carriages at Douglas Station

Session lasts 15 minutes.   

Driver training level 2 - £10

For the enthusiast.  Complete all level 1 tasks plus extend your driver training to drive from Douglas to Port Soderick and back.

Session lasts 30 minutes.

*Younger children should be accompanied by a responsible adult. Some  wheelchairs can be accommodated. Drivers need to operate a hand held control
and must not touch the screens. Advance bookings should arrive a minimum of 5 minutes ahead of time. Drive times cannot be held for latecomers.
Please note, the Drive the Diesel No. 21 simulator experience is for leisure purposes only and does not qualify certificate holders to drive any locomotive.

Ultimate driving experience - drive a Victorian steam train or electric tram

The Ultimate Driving Experience on the Isle of Man is driving a Victorian steam train or electric tram.

The continued success of the Ultimate Driving Experiences is down to enabling members of the public the chance to experience driving one of our historic electric trams or steam locomotives.

Each event is run over one day and includes safety briefings, history and theory tuition and the chance to drive one of our trams between Laxey and Ramsey, or a steam train from Castletown to Port Erin.

To book call  +44 1624 697419. As there are limited dates available, bookings are made on a first come first served basis.

Below are some customer testimonials, after experiencing the Ultimate Driving Experience.

  • 'Thank you for such an unforgettable day, if we lived in Laxey we would undoubtedly sign up for additional courses (but it's a long way from Seattle).'

  • 'The UDE was everything that I could have possibly hoped for, the format of the day was perfect, and I cannot think of any way that it could be improved.'

  • 'I've just got back from a splendid day playing with No 7 on the MER.'

  • 'Just returned home to Sweeden from a short holiday, of which the highlight was undoubtedly the UDE on the MER.'

Christmas Party Trains

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8 & 9 December

Departing Douglas 19:30, returning by 23:00. Welcome drink of mulled wine and 3 course Christmas Meal.

SOLD OUT

Silver Dream Turkey and Tinsel

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14 December

Departing Douglas 12:30, returning by 14:40. Get together with your family and friends for a welcome drink of mulled wine and 2 course Christmas Meal.

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Christmas Jumper Party

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15 December

Departing Douglas 19:00, returning by 22:30. Get together for an after work party including a welcome drink of mulled wine and 3 course meal plus a bottle of champagne for the best Christmas Jumper.

SOLD OUT

Tequila Special

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16 December

Departing Douglas 19:30, returning by 22:30. Get away from the turkey and mince pies with a menu full of all your Tex Mex favourites and a welcome shot of tequila.

SOLD OUT

Summer Solstice Down under

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21 December

Departing Douglas 19:00, returning by 22:30. Something different at Christmas; an Ausssie BBQ inspired menu on board the Dining Car.

£29pp, call Anne on 697457 to make your reservation.

Turkey and Tinsel

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22 & 23 December

Departing Douglas 12:30, returning by 14:40. Enjoy a seasonal Sunday 3 course lunch.

£30pp, call Anne on 697457 to make your reservation.

Christmas Pie and Mash

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23 December

Departing Douglas 19:00, returning by 22:30. The ever popular Pie and Mash Train is back this Christmas so join us for all your favourite pies and festive pies.

£26pp, call Anne on 697457 to make your reservation.

Festive Fireman’s Brunch

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27, 28, 29, 30 December & 2 January

Departing Douglas 10:30, returning by 12:40. Famous breakfast on a shovel.

Adults £21pp, Children £10pp, call Anne on 697457 to make your reservation.

Viva L’Espania

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28 December

Departing Douglas 19:00, returning by 22:30. Join us for a 3 course sharing menu and sangria on board the Dining Car.

£29pp, call Anne on 697457 to make your reservation.

Lose the Blues

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29 December

Departing Douglas 19:30, returning by 22:30. Enjoy an welcome cocktail on boarding and an American inspired 3 course dinner.

£40pp, call Anne on 697457 to make your reservation.

Mont Blanc Express

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30 December

Departing Douglas 19:00, returning by 22:30. Apres Ski with an Alpine flavour including fondue and raclette.

£26pp, call Anne on 697457 to make your reservation.

New Years Eve Banquet

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31 December

Departing Douglas 20:00, returning by early 2018. Experience a 7 course gourmet meal with canapés under the Station canopy at 19:30 inspired by dishes from around the world with wine and champagne. Dress code Black Tie.

SOLD OUT

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