The Island's mix of vintage electric trams, horse trams and steam railways is truly unique in the world and something every visitor should see. Each of these historic transport services end within walking distance of the next, allowing you to travel from the south of the Island to the north with ease.
Isle of Man Steam Railway
These run along the narrow guage line from Port Erin to Douglas stopping at Port St Mary, Colby, Ballabeg, Castletown, Ballasalla, Santon and Douglas with request stops located in rural areas. The trains are steam hauled using the original locomotives and rolling stock.
Many years ago you could travel by train from Douglas along a route that cut across the middle of the Island through the villages of Union Mills, Crosby and St Johns to Peel on the west coast. It was also possible to travel by train to Ramsey. The line to Ramsey joined the Douglas to Peel railway at St Johns and ran along the north west coast providing travellers with spectacular views of the sea and coast before turning inland at Kirk Michael. From there its route took in the villages of Ballaugh and Sulby before finally reaching Ramsey.
Today the trains to Peel and Ramsey are just a memory but much of the old lines can be walked as they form part of a heritage footpath.
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The 'toast racks,' as they are lovingly named by locals, make their way up the Douglas promenade, beginning at the Sea Terminal and ending at the Manx Electric Railway station at Derby Castle.
Manx Electric Railway
The electric railway follows the coast from the northern end of Douglas promenade through Groudle to Laxey. From there the line runs through spectacular scenery to the northern-most town of Ramsey. Passengers are treated to magnificent views of the Island's rugged east coast as the electric trams wind their way along a route that in places clings to cliff tops before turning inland providing views of the mountains and farmland before reaching Ramsey.
Like the Isle of Man Railway the Manx Electric Railway operates its services using its original tram cars and trailers.
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Snaefell Mountain Railway
This extension to the electric railway winds its way up Snaefell from the village of Laxey right the way to the Summit Cafe at the highest point on the Island. Along the way passengers are able to enjoy the spectacle of the Island's scenery change from Laxey on the coast to the wide open views as the electric trams follow their route up the slopes of Snaefell.
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Great Laxey Mine Railway
A voluntary run steam railway, owned by The Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust - an Island charity. Operating Times
Groudle Glen Railway
The Groudle Glen Railway is a Manx Registered charity which is owned and operated entirely by volunteers from the 'Isle of Man Steam Railway Supporters' Association'. A variety of trains operate during the year from Lhen Coan Station which is the main station located after a short walk through Groudle Glen. The locomotives follow the line to Lime Kiln Halt and then on to Sea Lion Rocks, the original 1896 terminus of the line.
More information about Groudle Glen Railway
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