You can purchase tickets for the Santa Train online
For Dining Car bookings please call the booking clerk on +44 1624 697457 or email Steamdining@gov.im
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
- the 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.
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.
- Isle of Man Steam Railway - 2017 timetables coming soon.
- Manx Electric Railway - 2017 timetables coming soon
- Snaefell Mountain Railway 2016 - 2017 timetables coming soon
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 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.
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