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Drive the Diesel No 21 Simulator Experience
Simulator drives are available from 10am to 4pm on days the steam railway operates.
To book call 836855.
Two driving experiences suitable for all ages*
Driving training level 1 - £5
- Learn to drive No 21
- Move carriages from Port St Mary to Port Erin
- Shunt carriages at Douglas Station
Session lasts 15 minutes.
Driver training level 2 - £10
For the enthusiast. Complete all level 1 tasks plus extend your driver training to drive from Douglas to Port Soderick and back.
Session lasts 30 minutes.
*Younger children should be accompanied by a responsible adult. Some wheelchairs can be accommodated. Drivers need to operate a hand held control
and must not touch the screens. Advance bookings should arrive a minimum of 5 minutes ahead of time. Drive times cannot be held for latecomers.
Please note, the Drive the Diesel No. 21 simulator experience is for leisure purposes only and does not qualify certificate holders to drive any locomotive.
Manx Electric Railway Museum, Douglas
Open midday to 4pm every Sunday when the MER is operating.
The museum is located adjacent to Derby Castle tram sheds.
Admission is free.
The Manx Electric Railway Museum was opened by volunteers on 1 June 2014.
Its collection was brought together by Derby Castle workshop supervisor Steve Hall. The museum has a wealth of historical artefacts that were discovered in tidy-ups of the workshops or in people’s sheds. Others were in storage at Banks Circus – Public Transport headquarters.
The museum has information boards about the beginnings of the trams and items for people to handle including an old controller and armature – part of a tram’s motor.
IoM Railways regrets that access to the museum is not suitable for people with disabilities. There is no public parking adjacent to the site, which is a short walk from the north end of Douglas promenade.
An experience on our heritage railways will ensure that your event stands out from the rest. Whatever your milestone, be it an anniversary, birthday, corporate event or any celebration, we can help you celebrate in style and make your day truly memorable.
A spectacular journey through beautiful Manx countryside, aboard one of our steam trains, the Manx Electric Railway or Snaefell Mountain tram will ensure your event is talked about and remembered by all.
You and your guests can book a private train, hire the Dining Car, Victorian tram or Snaefell Dining experience for the event, specially scheduled to suit your plans.
All packages can be tailored to meet your requirements, contact us on HireMe@gov.im and we will see what we can do to deliver a truly extra special event.
Discounts are available for parties of 20 or more people travelling together. Contact the Charter Co-ordinator, David Thornton, David.Thornton@gov.im
Rush Hour on the Railways incorporating Festival of Steam
Isle of Man Festival of Steam 2017
April 14 to April 23 2017
Rush Hour – Friday April 14 to Monday April 17
For the last number of years Isle of Man Railways has welcomed the start of the new operating season by hosting its “Rush Hour” event over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. As the name readily implies, enhanced timetables are operated on each of the Island’s unique transport systems: the Isle of Man Steam Railway, Manx Electric Railway, Snaefell Mountain Railway, Douglas Horse Tramway and vintage buses as well as the Island’s volunteer operated railways. Focusing on intensity of service, Rush Hour is a visual celebration of “movement” and of the diverse and unique railway heritage of the Island.
The Isle of Man Festival of Steam 2017 will incorporate and build on the success of the Rush Hour event, with visiting steam cars and road locomotives participating in a number of tours and events around the Island. The climax of the festival will provide one of the most, if not the most, dramatic visual experience of steam powered heavy haulage to be seen on public roads for many years when a road train consisting of three iconic Fowler road locomotives will haul one of the Isle of Man Steam Railway locomotive No.8 ‘Fenella’ on the Great Dorset Twin Bogie Trailer around some of the steepest and most challenging roads on the Island.
Steam Car Tour – Monday 17 April to Thursday 20 April
The Isle of Man and motorcycle racing are synonymous with each other throughout the world; but, the racing story actually began with motor cars. In 1904 a White Steamer was imported to the Island. A year later, the very first Tourist Trophy race was held and at the time motorcycles did not feature in the event, only cars. Entrants included both White and Turner-Miesse steamers, in fact it was recorded that the American driver of one of the White steamers, Frederick Coleman, was fined £2 for speeding. Not only was the first car on Manx roads a steamer, it also seems likely that the first person to hold the historical distinction of being caught speeding in a motor car on the Island was a steam car driver!
Throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s Light Steam Power Magazine was published and distributed worldwide by Mr John Walton of the Kirk Michael Steam Centre. The publication is still regarded as containing some of the finest reference material regarding steam cars.
Today, the Isle of Man Motor Museum at Jurby houses steam cars from Stanley, White, Turner-Miesse, Serpollet and is currently restoring an example of the iconic Abner Doble’s work. The museum’s steam collection is maintained by well-respected steam engineer Chris Wedgwood and also features his “under construction” steam motorbike. Once completed, an attempt will be made to break the land speed record for such a machine.
As part of the Isle of Man Festival of Steam, the Motor Museum will be hosting the steam car tour. To be staged over four days, the tour routes will start and conclude at the museum and traverse roads through some of the most beautiful scenery on the Island.
Participants already confirmed are bringing cars from across Europe and even as far afield as the USA, ranging in age from the turn of the twentieth century through to the 1920s. Visitors will be able to see the cars being fired up each morning at the Motor Museum and at the scheduled coffee and lunch stops in some of the Islands most picturesque locations. This will give a rare opportunity to meet and chat with the owners and drivers as well as to see the cars in action on the open roads.
Potential participants should contact the Isle of Man Motor Museum to receive entry information:
- Telephone: +44 1624 888333
- Email email@example.com
- or by visiting the website www.isleofmanmotormuseum.com/steam2017/
Heavy Haulage – Thursday 20 April to Sunday 23 April
The Isle of Man Festival of Steam 2017 will climax with one of the most dramatic heavy haulage events to be seen on public roads for many years. A road train consisting of three iconic Fowler road locomotives - Atlas, The Duke of York and The Great North will haul the Great Dorset Steam Fair twin bogie trailer, carrying Isle of Man Railways ‘Fenella’. The road train will be assembled in Douglas before beginning a four day journey around the Island.
On the Thursday following Easter, the road train will assemble at Douglas Railway Station, travel north along the promenade and then closely follow the Manx Electric Railway line from Derby Castle, through Laxey and Maughold to Ramsey where it will head inland to the Isle of Man Motor Museum. Arrival at the museum will coincide with the conclusion of the steam car tour with all the cars being present as the road train arrives.
On Friday, the road train will depart from the Motor Museum and head south to join the world famous TT circuit at the Ginger Hall, continuing through Ramsey and then onwards to Douglas via Snaefell Mountain and the daunting Mountain Road. This will involve a climb of 1800 feet between Ramsey and the road’s summit and a crossing of the Snaefell Mountain Railway’s line at the Bungalow. Progress will be somewhat slower than the 200mph achieved by riders in the TT Races! Following descent of the Mountain Road, the road train will continue to Port Erin Railway Station in the south of the Island.
A vintage bus will shadow the road train on Thursday and Friday giving unique photographic opportunities as the bus repeatedly stops and overtakes the ensemble. As travel on the vintage bus will be limited, advanced booking is recommended book online at www.rail.im or via the Welcome Centre +44 1624 662525
On Saturday, the engines will be displayed at Port Erin Railway Station, allowing visitors an opportunity to get up close to the engines and talk to their drivers and crew.
Sunday will feature the ultimate highlight of the entire event, with the road train returning to Douglas over the challenging Sloc Road. Similar to the Horse Shoe Pass in Llangollen, the narrow Sloc Road twists and climbs over 1000 feet in just five miles with spectacular views across the south of the Island. This section of Sunday’s journey will be subject to a road closure and transport to viewing areas will once again be provided by bus. Advance booking is highly recommended and tickets are available from www.rail.im or The Welcome Centre on +44 1624 662525. Without doubt, the engines will have to work extremely hard to climb the steep gradients, providing a real spectacle which will be recalled for many years to come.
Throughout the Festival, Isle of Man Railways is offering dining experiences both in the Dining Car on the Steam Railway and Summit Dining at the top of the Snaefell Mountain Railway. Ultimate Driving Experiences on both the Electric Railway and the Steam Railway are also available.
The Isle of Man Festival of Steam 2017 is being supported by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. A special holiday package is available for visitors, which includes ferry crossing, accommodation, entrance to the Isle of Man Motor Museum and travel on Isle of Man Transport rail and bus services. Further details are available from www.steampacketholidays.com. The kind support of the Isle of Man Steam Packet is gratefully acknowledged.
The organisers also wish to thank Martin Oliver of The Great Dorset Steam Fair for the loan of the twin bogie trailer without which this event could not take place.
More information to follow, keep up to date on our Facebook or twitter @IoMRailways for event information.
Railway museum, Port Erin
Established in 1975 the Railway Museum charts the history of the Steam Railway from its inception in 1873, including the now disused lines to Peel, Ramsey and Foxdale. It can be found next door to Port Erin Station at the southern end of the line.
It is home to a fine collection of steam locomotives plus the Royal Train carriage which carried The Queen and Queen Mother in 1963 and Queen Elizabeth II in 1972. There are also memorabilia, posters and interpretive displays.
Open from 9.30am to 4.30pm on days the Steam Railway operates.
Admission is £2 adults, £1 children. Free admission with a Go Explore Heritage card.
Expert guides from our Heritage Railway Volunteers are generally on hand on Sunday mornings from 11am to 1pm to offer informative tours of the museum. Additionally, guides are available on Thursday evenings between 7.30pm and 9pm from 14 July to 15 September 2016.
The museum also boasts an extensive souvenir shop that is home to the Isle of Man’s only railway simulator. Unveiled in summer 2016, the Drive the Diesel simulator experience costs £5 for a 15 minute session or £10 for the enthusiast level training.
Ultimate driving experience - drive a Victorian steam train or electric tram
The Ultimate Driving Experience on the Isle of Man is driving a Victorian steam train or electric tram.
The continued success of the Ultimate Driving Experiences is down to enabling members of the public the chance to experience driving one of our historic electric trams or steam locomotives.
Each event is run over one day and includes safety briefings, history and theory tuition and the chance to drive one of our trams between Laxey and Ramsey, or a steam train from Castletown to Port Erin.
To book call +44 1624 697419. As there are limited dates available, bookings are made on a first come first served basis.
Below are some customer testimonials, after experiencing the Ultimate Driving Experience.
"Thank you for such an unforgettable day, if we lived in Laxey we would undoubtedly sign up for additional courses (but it's a long way from Seattle)."
"The UDE was everything that I could have possibly hoped for, the format of the day was perfect, and I cannot think of any way that it could be improved."
"I've just got back from a splendid day playing with No 7 on the MER."
"Just returned home to Sweeden from a short holiday, of which the highlight was undoubtedly the UDE on the MER."
Manx Heritage Transport Festival
26 - 30 July 2017
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Island at War
18 - 20 August 2017
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