Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway is an independent community group established in September 2014 to help promote and support 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 .....
  • is a shared-interest community group of likeminded individuals wishing to see a secure future for the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway.
  • is independent of national and local government.
  • promotes awareness of and interest in the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, its heavy draught horses and its vintage tramcars to a worldwide audience.
  • provides practical volunteer help and assistance in support of the operation of the Tramway and the upkeep and welfare of its horses.
  • campaigns for and supports the continued operation of the Tramway with horse-drawn original tramcars along the full length of Douglas sea-front promenades.


Joining Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway helps us to demonstrate tangible public support for maintaining the tram service along 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 join us. 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 join Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway. Simply click on the button below, complete your contact details and subscribe to our list of Friends.
We will only use your email address to contact you in relation to matters concerning the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway (DBHT) and we will not make available your email address to other parties.

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


Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway seeks to provide practical volunteer help and assistance in support of the operation of the Tramway and the upkeep and welfare of its horses.

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;
  • introduction of a small range of sales items - polo shirts, fridge magnets, post cards, calendars.

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