News & Updates

Horse Tram Service to Resume 24 May

posted 19 May 2017, 12:26 by Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway will resume a limited service from Wednesday 24th May 2017. The decision has been taken by Isle of Man Railways, with the advice of Ray Cox of Milan Vets.

Tram services were temporarily suspended on 9 May after a number of the horses were found to be experiencing a respiratory issue. The horses have been treated with antibiotics and welfare checks carried out to assess their progress.

Mr Cox, Clinical Director of Milan Vets, stated: ‘The infection was confirmed as Streptococcus zooepidemicus, which is relatively common among horses. They have reacted well to the course of treatment and I am happy with their recovery.’  He added: ‘Together with Isle of Man Railways, we have taken the decision to ease the horses back into service on a limited schedule to assist their continued return to full health.’

The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway will commence operation from 10am to 4pm from Wednesday 24 May.  The reduced service will remain in place for approximately one week. Additional information will be provided once a further assessment of the horses has taken place.

Ian Bates, Head of Public Transport Operations, said: ‘We wish to thank our customers for their patience during the temporary suspension. The welfare of the horses is always our primary concern. We are working to provide normal services as soon as practically possible and look forward to a successful summer season for the horse trams’.

Statement issued by Department of Infrastructure, IoM Government, 19 May 2017 

Temporary Suspension of Services

posted 10 May 2017, 02:57 by Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway   [ updated 10 May 2017, 02:58 ]

Isle of Man Railways, with the advice of Mr Ray Cox of Milan Vets, have made the decision to temporarily cease all horse tram operations for approximately ten days [from 10 May 2017].

The decision has been taken after a number of the tram horses were found to be experiencing a respiratory issue.  The infection is relatively common among horses and it is difficult to determine where it has originated.  It is not fatal to horses, but it can be transmitted between them.  Action to contain the infection and to manage the recovery of the affected horses will be taken in line with veterinary advice.  The infection cannot be passed to humans.


Mr Cox, Clinical Director of Milan Vets, stated:

‘The horses will be kept in the stables and will receive antibiotics. It is not unreasonable to expect the horses to be fully fit and back in action in the next 10 to 14 days.’

Ian Bates, Head of Public Transport Operations, added:

‘We understand this is disappointing news for our customers. However, the welfare of the horses always comes first. We are confident that the horses will make a full recovery and we will work with the vets to resume our services as soon as possible.’

Isle of Man Railways will issue an update regarding the resumption of horse tram services in the near future.  The other vintage transport systems continue to operate as normal.

Statement issued by Department of Infrastructure, IoM Government, 10 May 2017 



2017 Season Gets Underway in Glorious Sunshine

posted 9 Apr 2017, 08:28 by Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

Saturday 8 April saw the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway's 2017 season get underway in glorious sunshine with William pulling 'Royal Tram' No.44 on the 9.00am return service from Derby Castle to Sea Terminal.  Guided tours of the stables were conducted by Friends of DBHT volunteers and visitors were able to meet all the trammers in residence.  This is likely to be the final year of double-track formation along the Loch Promenade section of the tramway, although it is is planned to be relaid as a single track section after the repairs are carried out to the roadway foundations in 2018.  Fingers crossed that the renewed interest in this early form of public transport continues to grow.  We wish the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, its staff and 'trammers' a really great season.


  

2017 'Go Horse Tram' Season Ticket Cards Now Available

posted 16 Mar 2017, 04:04 by Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway   [ updated 16 Mar 2017, 04:08 ]

'Go Horse Tram' 2017 season ticket cards are now available to buy from the the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal and the MER Ticket Office at Derby Castle.

The cards are priced at £30 for adults (£20 for Isle of Man resident senior citizens on production of a valid 60+ card) and £20 for children (aged 5 to 15 years inclusive).  Under 5s travel free with an accompanying fare paying adult (restrictions apply).

Go Horse Tram cards allow unlimited travel on 2017 Douglas Bay Horse Tramway scheduled services (subject to available seating). The 2017 Horse Tramway season runs from Saturday 8 April to Sunday 5 November.  For further details please visit the Isle of Man Railways website.

2 New Horses Join Tramway

posted 8 Mar 2017, 10:15 by Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway   [ updated 14 Apr 2017, 00:19 ]

Following the retirement last year of John, a 20 year old Shire gelding, and Una, a 21 year old Clydesdale mare, the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway has acquired two new horses over the winter: Nelson, a 3 year old Shire gelding, and Blae, a 8 month old Shire filly.


 
Nelson 

 
Blae

Both horses will be spending time acclimatising to the stables and the Douglas seafront environment.  Nelson should start training as a Trammer later this year, whereas Blae needs to grow and develop her strength for perhaps another two and a half years.     




Temporary Tramcar Shed / Stables gets Planning Permission

posted 27 Feb 2017, 08:29 by Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

The IOM Planning Committee has approved the application from the Department of Infrastructure (Ref 16/01365/B), for the Erection of temporary horse tram facility including tram shed, stables, staff welfare facilities, parking and new vehicular access on part of the 'Summerland' Site at the northern extent of the Douglas Promenades.



The approval carries a number of conditions including:
  • The external walls, doors, sliding doors and roller shutter doors on the new building must be a dark green/olive green colour. REASON: In the interests of the character and appearance of the site and surrounding area.
  • The building hereby approved shall be removed from the site and the land returned to its previous appearance within four years of the date of this notice. In the event that the building is no longer used or required for the operation of the Horse Tramway before the four year permission expires then the building shall be removed and the ground restored to its former condition. REASON: The building has been exceptionally approved solely to meet the short term needs of the Horse Tramway and its subsequent retention would result in an unwarranted intrusion in the Conservation Area. Furthermore, the building has been sought for a temporary basis and has been assessed and approved as such.
  • The proposed parking layout is required to be provided prior to the occupation of the building hereby approved. REASON: To ensure adequate off street parking is provided on site.
To view / download the full proposed Plans & Elevations for the facility, CLICK HERE  


BBC Countryfile features Horse Tramway

posted 27 Feb 2017, 08:08 by Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway   [ updated 27 Feb 2017, 08:10 ]

BBC1's prime-time Sunday evening programme 'Countryfile' on 26 February featured the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, the IOM Home of Rest for Old Horses and a number of other aspects of Manx farming, social and cultural heritage.  Available to watch now on BBC i-player. 



2017 Special Events Leaflets Available

posted 15 Feb 2017, 09:51 by Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

Isle of Man Railways has published leaflets for the Rush Hour on the Railways (14 to 17 April 2017) and Manx Heritage Transport Festival (26 to 31 July 2017) events. Copies of these can be viewed / downloaded by clicking on the images below.

https://sites.google.com/site/friendsofthehorsetrams/home/news/_draft_post-1/rush-hour-festival-of-stream-2017-dl-16pp-web-01.jpg?attredirects=0https://sites.google.com/site/friendsofthehorsetrams/home/news/_draft_post-1/iom-railway-2017-transport-festival-dl-12pp-web-final-1.jpg?attredirects=0

2017 Timetable & Fares Published

posted 3 Feb 2017, 10:03 by Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway   [ updated 3 Feb 2017, 10:04 ]

Isle of Man Railways has published the 2017 Timetable & Fares for the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway. To view/download a copy of the leaflet in pdf format, CLICK HERE.


British Tramway of the Year - 2016

posted 19 Jan 2017, 00:32 by Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway   [ updated 19 Jan 2017, 00:33 ]

In the recent British Trams Online annual awards, the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway has been voted British Tramway of the Year 2016 and also won the Event of the Year award.  The Event of the Year was awarded as a result of the 140th Anniversary celebrations on 7 August 2016.  Our congratulations to Isle of Man Railways / DBHT staff and management.  For more details on the awards, visit British Trams Online.


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