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Celebration of our Island’s Heritage Transport with action-packed five-day Festival

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

poster image for train at Kirk Michael

Isle of Man Railways are busy finalising the last details of preparation for an exciting programme of events in this year’s Manx Heritage Transport Festival. 

The festival promises to be the best year yet which starts next week and runs from the 25  to 29 July.  Government employees  together with volunteers have worked together to put on this busy calendar of events. 

Events Co-ordinator Anji Street said:

‘Last year’s Manx Heritage Transport Festival was a great success and this year is set to be better yet!’ 

‘We have pulled out all the stops in order to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the last train on the northern line. To mark the occasion, a locomotive and foxdale carriage will be position on the old track outside the original Manx Northern Station Building at Kirk Michael. This will be available to view all day on the 25 July 2018. This will be the first time since the closure of the line in 1968 that a locomotive has visited the station! So it’s a great photo opportunity’. 

But that’s not all, Isle of Man Transport have another 32 events packed into the 5 days. These include Vintage Bus Tours and running days, Free guided walks, illustrated talks and social evening, photograph tours to name just a few. 

The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway will also feature enhanced services during the weekend. With an open afternoon on Saturday 28 July, giving an opportunity to meet the trammers in their stables at Summer Hill followed by an opportunity to ride the Broadway lights to the Victoria Pier on a parallel run at 4pm. 

Further information on all the events can be found in the Manx Heritage Transport Festival leaflet

available from www.rail.im or from the Welcome Centre, Derby Castle booking office and main stations. 

There are restricted places on some special services so early booking is advised. Go cards are valid for travel on scheduled services.

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