Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway is an independent news and information service established in September 2014 to campaign for the continued operation of the world's last remaining 19th century original horse-drawn passenger tramway, running along the seafront promenades of Douglas, capital of the Isle of Man, since 1876.

The Tramway forms an intrinsic part of the Island's heritage offering to visitors; it is an icon for both Douglas and the Isle of Man, part of the nation's identity.

Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway .....
  • provides an independent news, information and campaign support service.
  • promotes awareness of and interest in the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, its draught horses and its historic tramcars to a worldwide audience.
  • campaigns for and supports the continued operation of the Tramway with horse-drawn original tramcars running the full length of Douglas promenades.
  • maintains a List of Friends subscribed by individuals from around the World who also support the continued operation of the Tramway with horse-drawn original tramcars running the full length of Douglas promenades.
Our news, information and campaign support services are managed by a small group of our subscribing Friends based in the Isle of Man. A number of our subscribing Friends also volunteer part-time on the Tramway as tour guides, stewards, tramcar restorers etc.


Subscribing to our List of Friends helps us to demonstrate the public support for maintaining the tram service along the full length of the Douglas sea-front promenades using horse-drawn original tramcars.

Maintaining a working role for heavy horses (in our case Clydesdales and Shires) is also an important element of their equine breed conservation.

It's free to subscribe. All we ask is that our Friends help in some small way, for example by:
  • sending in those great photographs, taken recently and in days-gone-by, for inclusion in new promotional material, information panels and posters, magazines, guides, post cards and calendars;
  • contributing articles suitable for inclusion in our e-magazine "The Trammer";
  • telling us what we're doing right, doing wrong, not doing, should be doing;
  • posting messages and comments on our Facebook page, and regularly clicking the Like buttons !
It's easy to subscribe and become a Friend of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway. Simply click on the button below, complete your contact details and add your name to our ever-growing list of Friends.
We won't sell or license the use of your personal information to any other party. We will only be emailing you news and information about the Tramway, its draught horses, its historic tramcars, and related subjects which we think might be of interest to you. You can change your communication preferences at any time simply by clicking on a link at the bottom of each email we send you.

On behalf of Amby, Charles, Douglas, Ian and the other 'Trammers', a big thank you for your support.


There are a number of roles for volunteers to provide practical help and assistance in support of the operation of the Tramway and the maintenance of its historic tramcars.

Volunteer help may include:

  • promotion of the tramway in both the heritage transport and leisure sectors;
  • development of social media and website presence, publicity campaign, transport magazine articles;
  • tour guides
  • stewards for any heritage open days and special events;
  • production of new information display panels, marketing posters, window stickers and leaflets;
  • tramcar cleaning, painting and restoration work

If you would like to be involved with one or more of these roles on a part-time voluntary basis, please do get in touch with us by emailing enquiries@friendsofdbht.org.

Please note volunteer work activity taking place on Isle of Man Government property will require individuals to register / re-register with and be accepted as approved volunteers by Isle of Man Transport.