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Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

Established in 1876, and operated from 1902 until 2015 by Douglas Borough Council, the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway celebrated its 140th anniversary on 7 August 2016.

Horse trams operate between April and November. The 2017 timetable can be downloaded from this page.

More historical information on the horse trams can be found on this independent website by stable hand Deborah Watterson.

Go Explore cards are accepted for travel on all horse tram services. These offer great value for money unlimited travel for 1, 3, 5 or 7 consecutive days on all our bus and heritage railway services.

Single journey horse tram tickets are £3 for adults and £2 per child or £10 for a family of two adults and up to three children.

Day tickets are £6 for adults and £3 per child or £15 for a family of two adults and up to three children.

Alternatively residents and visitors can purchase a Go Horse Tram card valid for the whole season. These are available from the Welcome Centre and Derby Castle terminus, priced £30 per adult, £20 concessions - for children and resident senior citizens.

TramTypeSeatsDateAdvertiser 2016
1 Winter Saloon, the second tramcar to carry this number, it was built as a replacement for the original No.1 built in 1876 and scrapped in 1900 30 1913 reserved for advertiser TBC
12* Toastrack, cream and blue, oldest surviving tram bought new that remains in the fleet 32 1888 ***********
18 Double Deck, originally built in 1883 for a proposed Ramsgate & Margate Tramway but went to a South Shields tramway before being purchased secondhand for Douglas in 1887 40 1883 Okell's
21 Toastrack, lengthened in 1936 when the seating capacity was increased from 32 passengers to 40 40 1890 ************
27 Winter Saloon, one of three Winter Saloons delivered in 1892; end vestibules were added in 1895 to offer tram drivers more protection from the elements 30 1892 reserved for advertiser TBC
32* Bulkhead, glazed end panels were fitted in 1967 32 1896 ***********
36 Bulkhead, lengthened in 1908 and capacity increased from 32 to 40, also fitted with glazed end panels at the same time 40 1896 Conister Bank
40* Toastrack, lengthened in 1939 and capacity increased from 32 to 40 40 1902 ***********
42* Toastrack, red and blue; lengthened in 1938 and capacity increased from 32 to 40 40 1905 ***********
43 UEC Bulkhead 40 1907 Sure Isle of Man
44* UEC Bulkhead, known as the Royal Tram since 1963. The tramway received royal visits in 1964, 1965, 1970 and 1972. The latter visit included Her Majesty The Queen, HRH Prince Philip, HRH Princess Anne and Earl Mountbatten 40 1907 *************
45 Bulkhead 40 1908 Athol Garage

If you wish to support the horse trams by advertising on a tram, please contact publictransport@gov.im. *indicates tram is not available for advertising.

Working tram horses 2016

1.Douglas
2.Keith
3.Rocky
4.Steve
5.Philip
6.Charles
7.Amby
8.Mark
9.Robert
10.Alec
11.Bobby
12.Robin
13.Andrew
14.Kewin
15.William
16.Harry
17.Torrin
18.Teddy

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