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Heritage Railways

2017 scheduled services

Steam Railway - Saturday 18 March to Sunday 5 November 2017

Manx Electric Railway - Thursday 9 March to Sunday 5 November 2017

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway - Saturday 8 April to Sunday 5 November 2017

2018 scheduled services

Steam Railway - Friday 9 March to Monday 5 November 2018

Manx Electric Railway - Friday 16 March to Sunday 4 November 2018

Snaefell Mountain Railway - Thursday 29 March to Sunday 4 November 2018

Douglas Bay Horse Tram - Tuesday 1 May to 29 October 2018

Railway Map

  • Railways Mapthe red line on the map is the Steam Railway line
  • the green line is the Snaefell Mountain Railway
  • 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.

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.


Special events

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.

For more information on events please check our Events page.

Please view our full Conditions of Carriage and Passenger Regulations.

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.

To avoid any unnecessary travelling between stations and possible disappointment, during office hours call our MER control station at Laxey on +44 1624 861226 or Douglas Steam Station on +44 1624 673623 for travel updates and information on advance and group bookings.

Isle of Man Railways passengers carried in 2016

Steam Railway passengers: 101,082

Calculation based on passengers boarding at Douglas, Casteltown and Port Erin stations for timetabled passenger trains only. 2016 saw an increase of 429 passengers travelling from the previous year.

Manx Electric Railway passengers: 118,869

Calculation based on passengers boarding at Derby Castle, Laxey and Ramsey tram stations for timetabled passenger trams. That is up year on year by 1193 passengers from 117,676 in 2015, an increase of around 1%.

Snaefell Mountain Railway passengers: 49,925

The decrease in numbers from 52,055 in 2015 was due to capacity restriction before TT and after the schools returned to allow repairs to take place following the damage in the December 2015 storm.

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway passengers: 69,542

No figures are available for the 2015 season which was operated by Douglas Borough Council. A total of 69,542 passengers travelled in 2016.

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