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Heritage Railways

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You can purchase Summit Dining or Commuter Club Train tickets online

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For Dining Car bookings please call the booking clerk on +44 1624 697457 or email Steamdining@gov.im

2016 scheduled services

  • Isle of Man Steam Railway: Saturday 5 March to Sunday 6 November 2016
  • Manx Electric Railway: Friday 18 March to Sunday 30 October 2016
  • Snaefell Mountain Railway: Thursday 24 March to Sunday 30 October 2016

If you are interested in booking a Railway Holiday to the Isle of Man, you can find details of Island Railway Explorer breaks offered by Isle of Man Event Services.

Railway Map

  • Railways Mapthe red line on the map is the Steam Railway line,
  • the green line is the Snaefell Mountain Railway and
  • the blue line is the Manx Electric Railway.

Thomas the Tank Engine was inspired by the Island's railways and the feature film Thomas and the Magic Railroad was filmed on the Isle of Man. Click here to see further details on where the Thomas film locations were.

It's possible to see the majority of the Island by travelling on the railway network and many of the Island's heritage attractions are also located near to the railway stops making it easy to get around.

A range of cost effective multi-journey Go cards can be purchased and the Go Explore card entitles the holder to unlimited travel on scheduled services of:

  • Steam Railway,
  • Manx Electric Railway,
  • Snaefell Mountain Railway,
  • Douglas Horse Trams and
  • Buses (except the Manx Express routes; half fare applies on premium Hullad Oie Night Owl services)

The Island is one of the very few places in the world where you can travel between February and November on steam and electric railways, which are over a century old.

Timetables

Real time bus tracking and journey planner

Isle of Man Public Transport’s customers now have access to real time tracking of buses, trams and trains thanks to a new free app that has been built by a local developer in conjunction with the Cabinet Office and the Manx ICT Association.

The app, called “Bus-Man” can be found in all the app stores or can be accessed from any device or computer at www.bus-man.com and includes a map showing the real time position of all services including buses, electric trams, steam trains and horse trams. It also includes a journey planner and interactive timetables.

Isle of Man Railways passengers carried in 2015

Steam Railway passengers: 100,653
Calculation based on passengers boarding at Douglas and Port Erin stations for timetabled passenger trains only. That is up by 1,232 passengers from 99,421 in 2014, an increase of 1.2%.

Manx Electric Railway passengers: 72,182
Calculation based on passengers boarding at Derby Castle and Ramsey tram stations for timetabled passenger trams. That is up year on year by 5,832 passengers from 66,350 in 2014, an increase of 8.8%.

Snaefell Mountain Railway passengers: 52,055.
That is up 8.4% on the 48,029 recorded in 2014.

Figures given are for timetabled services 2015 and do not include passengers carried on Dining Car services, special events and private charters or between intermediate stops.

Avoid delays or disappointment 

Our railways are very popular and a favourite attraction. During special events, the peak holiday season and fine weather days we can be very busy so to avoid any unnecessary travelling between stations and possible disappointment, during office hours call our MER control station at Laxey on 01624 861226 or Douglas Steam Station on 01624 673623 for travel updates and information on advance and group bookings.

We also provide a range of special events e.g. Santa Trains, Valentines Train. You can also hire trains for special corporate or family events.

For an experience of a lifetime, a range of Ultimate Driving Experiences are available.

Our full Conditions of Carriage and Passenger Regulations can be read here

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