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

Commuter Club Train

October 4
November 1

Morning Commute departs Port Erin at 7.45am arrival in Douglas at 8:45am. Evening Commute departs Douglas 5.45pm, arrival in Port Erin at 6.45pm.

Take the commuter club train and enjoy breakfast on your way to work and a relaxing drink and bar snack on your return home. On the morning Commute Full Manx breakfast, breakfast baps and drinks available. On the evening commute bar meals and bar service available.

Usual Bus fares apply (breakfast, drinks and bar meals extra cost). To make your reservation and for available dates and times call +44 1624 697457

Curry Club Train

September 20
October 18

Relax with friends on our ever popular Curry Club Train. Choose from a selection of authentic homemade curries and a range of desserts. Fully stocked bar available on board.

Departs Douglas 7pm, returns by 10.30pm

£29 per person. To make your reservation and for available dates call +44 1624 697457

Dine on the Rocket

Tuesday 5 November

Departs Douglas 6pm returning by 10pm

Travel to Port Erin to see the fireworks and enjoy a two course supper of winter warmers aboard the Dining Car on the way down. Fireworks arranged by Port Erin Commissioners.

£29 per person. To make your reservation and for availability call +44 1624 697457

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 +44 1624 836985.

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.

Gin and Sin

Saturday 21 September

Departs Douglas 7pm returning by 10.30pm

Come as a flapper or come as you are, dress as a gangster or silent screen star: it's going to be fun - no matter the dress, just bring yourself and we'll do the rest! A shot of gin accompanies each of your 3 courses.

£59 per person. To make your reservation and for availability call +44 1624 697457

Great British Dining Cars

The Brighton Belle – Saturday 5 October

The Brighton Belle was operated by Southern Railways on the Sussex coast between Victoria Street, London and Brighton. On the final Great British Dining Car for this season you will be dining on a classically British menu.

All Great British Dining Trains £59 per person. Depart Douglas 7.30pm returning by 10.30pm. To make your reservation and for available dates call +441624 697457

Hop-Tu-Naa Murder Mystery

Saturday 26 October

Departs Douglas 7pm returning by 10.30pm

Our ever popular Murder Mystery Trains put you at the heart of a thrilling murder case. Crack the clues and make sure the killer gets his just desserts before yours is served.

£49 per person. To make your reservation and for availability call +44 1624 697457

Hop-Tu-Naa Spooky Lunch Train

Monday 28, Tuesday 29, Wednesday 30 & Thursday 31 October

Departs Douglas 12.10pm Returns by 2.40pm

Join us for a family-friendly meal on board the Hop-tu-Naa spooky lunch train. Why not dress up and join in the fun!

£15 per adult, £10 per child (under 12s). To make your reservation and for available dates call +44 1624 697457

Jambalaya Jazz

October 11

Experience the flavours and excitement of our New Orleans inspired menu of authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine. Fully stocked bar available on board.

£29 per person. To make your reservation and for available dates call +44 1624 697457

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. 

Manxman Sunday Lunch

October 20

Enjoy a traditional three course Sunday lunch with family and friends as you travel through the stunning Isle of Man Countryside aboard the Dining Car.

Departs Douglas 12.10pm, returns by 2.40pm

£30 per adult, £10 for children aged 4-12 years. To make your reservation and for available dates call +44 1624 697457

Pie and Mash Train

September 19, 26
October 3, 17

Enjoy a two course supper on your way to Port Erin. Featuring a selection of home produced pies, mushy peas and gravy followed by a range of desserts. Fully stocked bar available on board.

Departs Douglas 7pm, returns by 10.30pm

£29 per person. To make your reservation and for available dates call +44 1624 697457

Pie in the Sky

Pie in the Sky

Experience the night sky at the Summit with the Isle of Man Astronomical Society where the pie is as good as the sky! 

Following supper in the Snaefell Summit Restaurant, there will be a brief presentation showing features of interest in the Manx night sky followed by an outdoor viewing session using the telescopes. (If cloudy, supper will be followed by an illustrated talk) 

THE AUTUMN NIGHT SKY - Friday 20 and Saturday 21 September

The spectacular Manx Autumn night sky will enable us to see the nearby Andromeda Galaxy, a mere 2.5 million light years away and the Moon will be rising in the east as we look at the lunar surface through our telescopes. 

THE GIBBOUS MOON - Saturday 19 October

The Gibbous Moon will dominate the sky and we will be viewing the lunar craters and seas though the telescope. We can also watch out for some early annual Orionid Meteors that peak in activity on the 21st. 

Ticket price £33 per person: Price includes supper an evening of astronomy and return tram travel. 

Trams Times: depart Derby Castle (Douglas) at 6.40pm.

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Private hire

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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

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 17 May until 27 September 2018.

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.

Seven Kingdoms Dinners

Seven Kingdoms Dinners

All new for 2019 our Seven Kingdoms Dinners offer a tempting selection of new menu choices paired with spectacular views. So relax, raise a glass and enjoy the stunning views from the highest point on the Isle of Man.

Ticket price £29 per person: Price includes two course dinner with a choice of starters or a dessert. However, if you still want a starter, main course and dessert you may purchase desserts separately on the night.

Tram Times: depart Derby Castle (Douglas) at 5.40pm and 6.40pm. On selected evenings trams depart Ramsey at 5.40pm. Please see dates below for more detail.

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Snaefell Summit Dining

IOM Railways Summit Dining

For more information of the unique dining experiences we offer at the Island's highest point, see IOM Railways Summit Dining leaflet.

Steam into Christmas

Join us this Christmas for our seventh year of festive dining on our unique Pullman inspired Dining Car!

Be it a cheerful reception, a Christmas team night out or a get together with family or friends - we have Christmas wrapped up on the Dining Car.

Savour our festive food along with buoyant bubbles and beverages this Christmas. From sit down lunches and dinners, to a variety of Christmas events and party nights – combined with our festive service is sure to make a very Merry Christmas!

Tapas Train

September 27
October 25

Relax and enjoy a sharing platter of homemade tapas based on traditional Spanish and Portuguese cuisine. Fully stocked bar available on board.

Departs Douglas 7pm, returns by 10.30pm

£29 per person. To make your reservation and for available dates call +44 1624 697457

The Santa Express Train

Take a ride on the Santa Express to Santon Station and visit Santa's Grotto where all children receive a fabulous gift from Santa and his elves.

The Dining Car will be waiting for you with a welcoming warm atmosphere and seasonal tasty treats, and you can take unforgettable close up family photos with our Christmas steam trains.

With tickets priced at just £15 per person (babies under 12 months old travelling free) and lots of dates to choose from - it is a magical experience for the whole family.

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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.'

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