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

Commuter Club Train

April 5
May 3
June 3, 4, 5, 6(TT Commuter Club Trains)
September 6
October 4
November 1

Morning Commute departs Port Erin at 07:45 arrival in Douglas at 08:45. Evening Commute departs Douglas 17:45, arrival in Port Erin at 18:45.

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

March 22
April 19
May 17, 31
June 7, 21
July 26
August 16
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 19:00, returns by 22:30

£29.00 per person. To make your reservation and for available dates 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 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.

Fireman’s Brunch

Saturday 8 June & Friday 5 July

The famous Fireman's Breakfast is back on the tracks. Indulge in a truly hearty brunch with return fare to Castletown included.

£21.00 per adult, £10.00 per child (under 12). To make your reservation and for availability call +44 1624 697457

Gin and Sin

Saturday 18 May & 21 September, Departs Douglas 19:00 returning by 22:30

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.

£59.00 per person. To make your reservation and for availability call +44 1624 697457

Great British Dining Cars

The Golden Arrow – Saturday 29 June

  • The Golden Arrow was a luxurious boat train operated by Southern Railways linking London with Dover. On this tribute you will experience a fine-dining three course meal reflecting the original menus of the opulent Pullman Dining set

The Manxman – Friday 5 July & Saturday 3 August

  • Isle of Man Railways Dining Car has been in operation since 2013 and to mark the 6th year of service we welcome you on board to indulge an evening of traditional Manx Fayre

The Flying Scotsman – Saturday 7 September

  • World renowned, the Flying Scotsman was an express passenger service operated by LNER that connected London and Edinburgh. We will take you on a more leisurely journey than the 100 mph record as we steam through the Manx Countryside with a menu of seasonal Scottish Fayre.

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 £59.00 per person. Depart Douglas 19:30 returning by 22:30. To make your reservation and for available dates call +441624 697457

Hop-Tu-Naa Murder Mystery

Saturday 26 October, Departs Douglas 19:00 returning by 22:30

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.

£49.00 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 12:10 RETURNS by 14:40

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!

£15.00 per adult, £10.00 per child (under 12s). To make your reservation and for available dates call +44 1624 697457

Jambalaya Jazz

April 12
May 10
June 14
July 12
August 9
September 13
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.

£29.00 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. 

Manx Heritage Transport Festival

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Join us for five action-packed days' travel on the Isle of Man's award winning network of heritage railways – nostalgia guaranteed! For full itinerary details please see the link below to our full brochure for 2019 or click book now to make your reservations.

View the itinerary here.

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Manxman Sunday Lunch

May 5
July 7, 14, 28
August 11, 25
September 15
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 12:10, returns by 14:40

£30.00 per adult, £10.00 for children aged 4-12 years. To make your reservation and for available dates call +44 1624 697457

A Midsummer Night’s Steam

Saturday 22 June, Departs Douglas 19:30 returning just after midnight.

Celebrate the longest day of the year in style on our elegant Midsummer Night's Party Train. Canapé reception on arrival followed by a 5 course dinner on board.

£69.00 per person. To make your reservation and for availability call +44 1624 697457

Murder on the Manx Express

Saturday 27 April, Departs Douglas 19:00 returning by 22:30

Enjoy a delicious 3 course meal and test your sleuthing skills! There's been a murder most foul, and with no escape on board, can you work out whodunnit?

£49.00 per person. To make your reservation and for availability call +44 1624 697457

Pie and Mash Train

March 14, 28
April 4, 18, 20
May 9, 16, 23
June 1, 13, 20, 27
July 4, 11, 18, 25
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 24, 29
September 5, 12, 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 19:00, returns by 22:30

£29.00 per person. To make your reservation and for available dates call +44 1624 697457

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

Railways at War

Join us for a weekend of 1940s nostalgia with something for all the family on the 17 and 18 August 2019.

Keep up to date with our Facebook and twitter pages for more information of ticket sales.

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.

Rush Hour on the Railways

Join us for a four day celebration of the Isle of Mans award winning heritage railways. With something for everyone including driving experiences on the MER, Guided tours, unique combinations and vintage bus tours.

Rush Hour on the Railways

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Shamrock Express

Saturday 16 March, Departs Douglas 19:00 returning by 22:30

Celebrate St Patrick's Day in style on board the Shamrock Express with a 3 course meal inspired by the Emerald Isle. Wear something green for a free Whisky Cocktail!

£39.00 per person. To make your reservation and for availability call +44 1624 697457

Silver Dream Lunch

July 11
August 15
September 12

Treat yourself to a sumptuous two course lunch, including a main course and dessert. All served as you steam through the beautiful Isle of Man countryside.

£20.00 over 60s, £25.00 for under 60s. To make your reservation and for available dates call +44 1624 697457.

Tapas Train

April 26
May 24
June 28
July 19
August 23
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 19:00, returns by 22:30

£29.00 per person. To make your reservation and for available dates call +44 1624 697457

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.'

Back to School Express

Sunday 1 & Monday 2 September, Departs Douglas 12:10 returning by 14:40

Take the kids for a treat. Price includes a 2 course meal on board the Dining Car and free admission to Castle Rushen. Open return on any scheduled train or bus for those who wish to stay longer. With thanks to Manx National Heritage for sponsoring entry to Castle Rushen.

£15.00 per adult, £10.00 per child (under 12). To make your reservation and for availability call +44 1624 697457

Club Tropicana Train

Saturday 20 July, Departs Douglas 19:00 returning by 22:30

Break out your best 80s gear 'cause we're turning back the clock for some totally awesome music and party food.

£29.00 per person. To make your reservation and for availability call +44 1624 697457

Dine on the Rocket

Tuesday 5 November, Departs Douglas 18:00 returning by 22:00

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.

£29.00 per person. To make your reservation and for availability call +44 1624 697457

Mothering Sunday Lunch & Afternoon Tea

Sunday 31 March

LUNCH TRAIN DEPARTS Douglas 12:10 RETURNS by 14:40
AFTERNOON TRAIN DEPARTS Douglas 16:10 RETURNS by 18:00

Make Mum feel extra special with our sumptuous 3 course lunch or Afternoon Tea.
Sunday lunch £35 per adult / £10 per child
Afternoon tea £30 per adult / £10 per child
Price includes a glass of bubbles (over 18s only).

To make your reservation and for availability call +44 1624 697457

Easter Sunday Lunch & Afternoon Tea

Sunday 21 April

LUNCH TRAIN DEPARTS Douglas 12:10 RETURNS by 14:40
AFTERNOON TRAIN DEPARTS Douglas 16:10 RETURNS by 18:00

Celebrate Easter with our delicious 3 course lunch or fabulous Afternoon Tea.
Sunday lunch £35 per adult / £10 per child
Afternoon tea £30 per adult / £10 per child
Price includes a glass of bubbles (over 18s only).

To make your reservation and for availability call +44 1624 697457

Father’s Day Lunch

Sunday 21 April

LUNCH TRAIN DEPARTS Douglas 12:10 RETURNS by 14:40
AFTERNOON TRAIN DEPARTS Douglas 16:10 RETURNS by 18:00

Celebrate Easter with our delicious 3 course lunch or fabulous Afternoon Tea.
Sunday lunch £35 per adult / £10 per child
Afternoon tea £30 per adult / £10 per child
Price includes a glass of bubbles (over 18s only).

To make your reservation and for availability call +44 1624 697457

Father's Day Lunch

Sunday 16 June

LUNCH TRAIN DEPARTS Douglas 12:10 RETURNS by 14:40

Treat Dad to a 3 course lunch with Beer or Bubbles.
Sunday lunch £35 per adult / £10 per child
Price includes a beer or glass of bubbles (over 18s only).

To make your reservation and for availability call +44 1624 697457

Snaefell Summit Dining

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

007 Theme Night

007 Theme Night

The theme is Bond - James Bond! Get in on the action with our fun Casino Tables. No 'money pennies' required! Fabulous prizes to win if you play the right 007 hand. Dress to impress (Black tie optional). 

Ticket price £39.00 per person: Price includes three course dinner, a welcome drink (shaken not stirred) and return tram travel. 

Trams Times: departs Derby Castle (Douglas) at 18:40 Saturday 11 May.

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Spice Up Your Life

Spice Up Your Life

Spice up your Life with the best of 90s music and curry - what more could you want? Why not dress as a Spice Girl or one of your favourite 90s stars and join in the fun! 

Ticket price £39.00 per person: Price includes buffet dinner and return tram travel. 

Trams Times: depart Derby Castle (Douglas) at 18:40 Saturday 18 May.

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Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Celebrate Solstice the longest day of the year with a BBQ at the highest point on the Island. Live music from the Peddyr Trad Trio and local delicacies on the BBQ (Subject to weather conditions) 

Ticket price £39.00 per person: Price includes BBQ dinner and return tram travel. 

Trams Times: depart Derby Castle (Douglas) at 18:40 Friday 21 June.

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Snaefell Drinks Festival

Snaefell Drinks Festival

Snaefell Drinks Festival 2019. An opportunity to sample award winning locally produced drinks. Seven Kingdoms Distillery, Fynoderee, Foraging Vinters, Okells and the Tea Junction will all be on hand to supply samples of their range of beverages with drinks available to purchase behind the bar.

Ticket price £22.00 per person: Price includes a selection of drinks samples, buffet, and return tram travel between Laxey Station and Snaefell Summit.

Tram Times: For tram times please see further details by following the link below.

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Blues and all that Jazz

Blues and all that Jazz

Blues and all that Jazz. A fabulous evening of blues music and American food with live music from local duo 'The Whiskey Boys'. 

Ticket price £39.00 per person: Price includes three course American dinner and return tram travel. 

Trams Times: depart Derby Castle (Douglas) at 18:40 Saturday 14 September.

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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 £33.00 per person: Price includes supper an evening of astronomy and return tram travel. 

Trams Times: depart Derby Castle (Douglas) at 18:40.

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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 £29.00 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 17:40 and 18:40. On selected evenings trams depart Ramsey at 17:40. Please see dates below for more detail.

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Peter's Railway

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13 – 18 May 2019

Isle of Man Railways are pleased to welcome Peter's Railway back to the Isle of Man once again this year.

Throughout the week author Chris Vine will be showcasing the Islands unique steam railway local primary school children who will learn about how a steam train works and the day to day operations of a railway. The children will then have the opportunity to build their own railway track which will be assembled in the Laxey Valley Gardens on Saturday 18th May.

Come and join us on this fantastic day to ride on Peter's Railway and watch the Great Laxey Duck Race hosted by the Laxey & Lonan Heritage Trust.