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Heritage Railways

Our 2019 season is still in action! Please see below the dates of operation, and timetable attached.

2019 scheduled services end:

Steam Railway - Sunday 3 November 2019

Manx Electric Railway - Sunday 3 November 2019

Snaefell Mountain Railway - Sunday 3 November 2019

Douglas Bay Horse Trams have ceased operations for the remainder of 2019 to enable the continuing progress made of the reconstruction of the Douglas promenades. The team, along with volunteers, will continue to offer stable tours to all groups who were expecting horse tram rides.

2020 Season

Isle of Man Railway – Commences 6 March 2020  – Closes 5 November 2020

Manx Electric Railway - Commences 13 March 2020  – Closes 1 November 2020

Snaefell Mountain Railway - Commences 24 March 2020  – Closes 1 November 2020

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway – Discussions will take place between departments on next year's horse tram season, with the aim of providing a service that delivers a valued tourist attraction while ensuring the needs of businesses and residents are met during the Douglas Promenade Refurbishment Scheme.

Flexible arrangements may be considered with regard to the length of the season and track distance, and full details will be announced when options have been fully considered.

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.

Passenger numbers

Transport2017 passengers2018 passengersDifference% change
Douglas Bay Horse Tram Single Journeys 73,954 80,606 6,652 9%
Steam Railway Singles Journeys 121,422 113,197 -8,225 -7%
Snaefell Mountain Railway Return Journeys 63,175 76,434 13,259 21%
Manx Electric Railway Single Journeys 227,826 244,863 17,037 7%
Total 486,377 515,100 28,723 5.5%

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.

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