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Pie and Mash Train

2017 sees the return of the ever popular Pie and Mash train. Enjoy a two course supper featuring a selection of home produced pies, mushy peas and gravy or traditional liquor and return travel on the Dining Car to Port Erin with one hour in Port Erin.

Departs Douglas 19:00, Returns by 22:30 (There is space on this train for non-diners subject to availability. We have a fully stocked bar along with local beers. (Standard train fares apply to non-diners)

18 & 25 May, 15, 22 & 29 June, 6, 13, 20 & 27 July, 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 August, 7, 14, 21 & 28 September, 5, 12, 19 & 26 October, 2 November

£26 per person (Price includes 2 courses on the Dining Car and return train travel)

Call Anne on 697457 to make your reservation.

The Manxman Sunday Lunch

Let the train take the strain and enjoy a traditional family Sunday lunch with your friends and family.

Departs Douglas 12:30, Returns by 14:40.

21 May, 6, 13, 20 & 27 August, 17 September, 1 & 29 October.

£30 per adult, £15 for children between 4 years and 11 years (Price includes three course lunch and return travel on the Dining Car to Castletown)

Call Anne on 697457 to make your reservation.

The Curry Club Train

Enjoy a relaxing evening on the Isle of Man Steam Railway with our popular Curry Club. Ride with your family and friends on the Dining Car and choose from a selection of authentic home made curries and drinks from our fully stocked on board bar. Curry Club trains operate on selected Fridays throughout the season. Also Saturday 29 July as part of the Manx Heritage Transport Festival.

Departs Douglas 19:00, Returns by 22:30

19 May, 16 June, 7* & 21 July, 4 & 18 August, 1* & 15 September, 6* & 20 October, 3* November

(*These dates are for the Curry Club menu available on the Commuter Train service – return journey only. This train will depart Douglas at 17:45 for a 18:45 arrival in Port Erin)

£26 per person (Price includes 2 courses on the Dining Car and return train travel) 

Call Anne on 697457 to make your reservation.

Commuter Club Trains - 7 July, 1 Sept, 6 Oct and 3 Nov

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Relax and take the Commuter Club Train to work. Take the Train from Port Erin to Douglas and enjoy breakfast on your way to work and a relaxing drink and a bar snack on your return home. Departs Port Erin at 07:45, Arrives Douglas 08:45.

The return commute departs Douglas at 17:45 and arrives at Port Erin for 18:45. Why not enjoy bar snacks on the return journey or a tempting selection of curries on selected dates.

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A night at the Oscars – 16 September

And the winner is... you have been nominated for best supporting actor so phone up your designer, book your party frock and board The Dining Car. With a bubbles and canapé reception in the Tickethall, red carpet photo call and a four course dinner on the Dining Car.

Departs Douglas 19:00, Returns by 22:30

16 September

£55 per person. (Price includes four course dinner and return travel on the Dining Car)

Call Anne on 697457 to make your reservation.

Fireman’s Brunch – 16 Sept & 14 Oct

The famous Fireman's Breakfast is moving to the tracks. On selected Saturdays come and join us on the Dining Car for our Fireman's Brunch.

Departs Douglas 10:30, Returns by 12:40

16 September & 14 October

£21 per person, £10 for children between the ages of 4 years and 11 years. (Price includes brunch and return travel on the Dining Car)

Call Anne on 697457 to make your reservation.

Pie in the Sky – 22 & 23 September

Stargazing and supper

Experience the night sky with Manx Electric Railways and the Isle of Man Astronomical Society. Pie in the Sky – The Milky Way.

With a new moon in the sky on the 20 September, the night sky should be particularly spectacular when viewed from the summit, with Andromeda Galaxy and other features of the autumn sky clearly visible. This will include our own galaxy, the Milky Way which can be seen very clearly in our own dark Manx night skies. We will show you the Andromeda Galaxy and other notable objects with the naked eye and through telescopes.

Following supper in the Snaefell Summit Restaurant there will be a brief presentation by members of IOMAS. Guests will then venture outside for a viewing session using telescopes provided by the society.

If cloudy, supper will be followed by an illustrated lecture, an opportunity to look at some of the Society's telescopes and a question & answer session.

Tickets £32.00 per person includes supper, an evening of astronomy and return tram travel. 

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Silk Road Shangri La Express – 30 September

Retracing one of the most important trading routes of ancient civilisation, the Silk Road follows in the footsteps of such legendary figures as Alexander the Great and Marco Polo as we travel across five countries through areas only accessible by train. Across China's vast dessert and through Dzungaria to the Silk Roads most famous cities. Visit Samarkand and Bukhara and cross the Kara Kum to ancient Merv and beyond to Isfahan and the jewel of Persia and then to Istanbul. A truly wonderful Silk Road Encounter. The menu will have dishes that cross the span of central Asia Chinese delicacies from Xian province to spices from Kazakhstan and Turkish desserts.

Departs Douglas 19:30, Returns by 23:00

30 September

£55 per person (Price includes sharing menu and return travel on the Dining Car to Castletown)

Call Anne on 697457 to make your reservation.

Indian Hill Stations - 7 October

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Lovers of Indian food will be on top of the world with the chance to experience the authentic taste of India at the Snaefell Summit Restaurant. Enjoy a 3 course buffet style menu and entertainment. £39 per person includes meal and return tram travel.

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Up Snaefell! (With a bit of Italy) - 14 October

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Enjoy a bit of tongue in cheek fun with an Italian buffet style menu at our all new 'Up Snaefell!' evening. Titter ye not - dress up and join in the fun! £39 per person includes meal and return tram travel.

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1920s Gin and Sin Train – 14 October

Gin is the thing at the moment and sin, well, we all do a bit! The perfect opportunity for you to get your glad rags out and dress up in the fantastic style of the 1920s – prohibition, cocktails and great party food.

Departs Douglas 19:00, Returns by 22:30

14 October

£55 per person. (Price includes four course dinner and return travel on the Dining Car)

Call Anne on 697457 to make your reservation.

Pie in the Sky – 20 & 21 October

Stargazing and supper

Experience the night sky with Manx Electric Railways and the Isle of Man Astronomical Society. Pie in the Sky – The Moon, our nearest neighbour.

The Moon will be at its first quarter (new Moon) on the 27th October and will be a great object to view in the sky above the Mountains Summit. If cloudy there will be a talk about the Moon, Saturn and other features in our night sky and the 60 years of the Space Age.

Following supper in the Snaefell Summit Restaurant there will be a brief presentation by members of IOMAS. Guests will then venture outside for a viewing session using telescopes provided by the society.

If cloudy, supper will be followed by an illustrated lecture, an opportunity to look at some of the Society's telescopes and a question & answer session.

Tickets £32.00 per person includes supper, an evening of astronomy and return tram travel.

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Murder Mystery on the Manx Express – 28 October

All aboard The Manx Murder Mystery Express. Unravel the murder that unfolds before your very eyes identifying the clues and interrogating the suspects and enjoy four course dinner.

Departs Douglas 19:00, Returns by 22:30

20 May, 28 October

£49 per person. (Price includes four course dinner and return fear on the Dining Car.

Call Anne on 697457 to make your reservation.

Sundown Supper - 28 October

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Enjoy a good old cowboy buffet style supper and sing-along with your favourite country songs with our live guitarist....and don't forget to dress country y'all! £39 per person includes meal and return tram travel.

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Dine on the Rocket: A trip to the fireworks – 5 November

Travel to Port Erin to see the fireworks and have a supper on the Dining Car.

Departs Douglas 18:00, Returns by 22:00

5 November

£26 per person. (Price includes two course super of winter warmers and return travel on the Dining Car)

Call Anne on 697457 to make your reservation.

Steam into Christmas on board the Dining Car

Whether 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

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.'

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