News & Updates

Planning Permission granted for Temporary Stables

posted 19 Jan 2018, 05:28 by Friends of DBHT   [ updated 19 Jan 2018, 05:30 ]

Planning permission has been granted, subject to any appeals, for an application to build temporary stable facilities on part of the former Summerland site. Permission is valid for a period of 5 years. As previously reported, the Tramway will be using the existing stables at Summer Hill for the 2018 season.

Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway recently called for the Summer Hill site to be given registered building status and has recently asked that the Department of Infrastructure consider the merits of purchasing the existing Summer Hill stables, instead of developing a temporary facility.

'Toastrack' No.42 next in line for full restoration

posted 19 Jan 2018, 05:25 by Friends of DBHT   [ updated 19 Jan 2018, 05:33 ]

Isle of Man Transport has confirmed that 1905-built 'Toastrack' No.42 will be the next tramcar to be restored. It will likely be moved to Derby Castle Depot on the Manx Electric Railway in the near future.

No.42 was built by G.C. Milnes, Voss & Co. in Birkenhead. Originally delivered with a seating capacity of 32 passengers, this was increased to 40 passengers when the tramcar was lengthened in 1938. Our photo shows No.42 on its last use in service on 5th November 2017 as part of the end of season cavalcade.

Currently undergoing full restoration are 'Bulkhead' No.45 and Saloon No.27.

 (Image credit: Geoff Wilson)

Tramcar No.36 voted "Tram of the Year" 2017

posted 19 Jan 2018, 05:18 by Friends of DBHT   [ updated 19 Jan 2018, 05:30 ]

Tramcar No.36 has recently been voted 'Tram of the Year (traditional)' in the British Trams Online Tram of the Year 2017 awards.The award is a great reflection of the quality of the restoration work carried out by the staff at Derby Castle Depot on the Manx Electric Railway.

2018 Horse Tram Timetable & Fares Published

posted 17 Jan 2018, 02:35 by Friends of DBHT

The 2018 Timetable & Fares leaflet for the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway has been published online by Isle of Man Transport. Printed copies will be available in due course from Railway Stations, the Welcome Centre and other outlets across the Island. To view / download a copy in PDF format, CLICK HERE.

Guided Stable Tours Return for 2018

posted 12 Jan 2018, 08:44 by Friends of DBHT

Dates and times are now available for this year's "Meet the Trammers" tours. This will be the third year that tours have taken place.

The tours offer visitors the chance to see behind the scenes of the world's last remaining 19th-century original horse-drawn passenger tramway and to learn more about the daily lives of the tramway horses.

The Trammers will be returning to the historic Summer Hill Stables for the 2018 season. The stables date from 1877 and were developed by the founder of the tramway, Thomas Lightfoot. Although the stables have been adapted over the years, most notably to increase the space provided for each horse, many original features remain.

Admission is FREE and advanced booking is highly recommended as spaces are limited. Suitable footwear is essential as the tours take place in a working stable environment. Tours usually last between 30 and 45 minutes. Places on tours will be bookable from mid-March.

Information correct at time of publication. Please confirm latest updates via the Isle of Man Transport Facebook page before attending. No responsibility can be accepted for changes or cancellations to the advertised details.

Planning Application submitted for Douglas Promenade Re-Development

posted 10 Jan 2018, 03:38 by Friends of DBHT   [ updated 10 Jan 2018, 04:13 ]

The Department of Infrastructure has submitted its planning application for the redevelopment of Douglas Promenade.

Subject to approval being granted, work will start in September to rejuvenate the area widely regarded as the ‘gateway to the Isle of Man.'

The planning application features a new design for the southern section of the Promenade to improve traffic flow, junctions and footpaths. The northern end will be developed on a simple, like-for-like basis.

The scheme, which gained overwhelming support from Tynwald Members in 2017, also includes the creation of a cultural area around the Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre. This is in line with the Douglas Masterplan and will connect the Promenade with the town centre regeneration.

Work is required to address the Promenade’s crumbling infrastructure and will involve the full-depth excavation and reconstruction of the failing highway and drainage, as well as the installation of new water and gas mains and ducting.

The horse tram tracks will be re-laid to reflect the design principle agreed by Tynwald, with twin tracks retained in the centre of the road from the terminal at Strathallan to a point just north of the Broadway junction. They will then cross to the seaward side of the highway and switch to a single track terminating alongside the Bottleneck car park.

The Promenade proposals were recently on public display in the Sea Terminal building and were well received when the Department hosted a presentation for members of the business and hospitality sectors, third sector organisations and others directly impacted by the redevelopment.

Infrastructure Minister Ray Harmer MHK said:

‘The submission of the planning application is a further significant milestone towards our vision for the future of Douglas Promenade. I believe the Department’s proposal offers a solution that will benefit the people and the economy of the Isle of Man for generations to come.’

He added:

‘The Promenade is one of the Island’s busiest and most important strategic routes, but also the worst in terms of its overall condition. Our scheme will not only reconstruct the highway, but also give the whole area a massive lift and reinforce the Isle of Man’s position as a special place to live and work.’

If planning approval is provided for the scheme, a contractor will be appointed and a detailed construction programme drawn up.

10 January 2018 Press release from Isle of Man Department of Infrastructure

Details of the Planning Application (18/00003/B) can be found on the Isle of Man Government's Planning Services website.

Restored Tramcar No.36 nominated for British 'Tram of the Year' Award

posted 6 Dec 2017, 05:07 by Friends of DBHT

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway's Tramcar No.36 has been nominated in the British Trams Online category 'Tram (Traditional) of the Year'. Voting is now open and will close on Saturday 13th January 2018. You can vote for No.36 by visiting the link below:

Tramcar No.36 returned to service on the final day of the 2017 season after undergoing an extensive overhaul and restoration in the Derby Castle Workshops of the Manx Electric Railway.

Tramway Enjoys 6% Increase in Passenger Journeys

posted 23 Nov 2017, 09:11 by Friends of DBHT   [ updated 23 Nov 2017, 09:13 ]

Figures released by Isle of Man Transport show that for the 2017 season, the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway enjoyed a 6% increase in passenger journeys over the 2016 season.

A total of 73,954 single passenger journeys were recorded during the 2017 season, an increase of 4,252 journeys compared to 2016.

Passenger figures for the Island's other railways can be found online at, the website of Isle of Man Railways.

Robert and No.45 arriving at Derby Castle during summer 2017 (Credit: FoDBHT)

2018 Season Dates Announced

posted 18 Sep 2017, 04:00 by Friends of DBHT   [ updated 12 Jan 2018, 06:47 ]

Horse tramway operator Isle of Man Railways has announced the provisional dates for the 2018 Horse Tramway season, which will commence 29 March 2018 and run thru until 4 November 2018.

2017 Heritage Open Days

posted 20 Aug 2017, 10:15 by Friends of DBHT

Organised annually by Manx National Heritage, join in and enjoy for free the biggest heritage event on the Isle of Man, taking place this year over the weekends of 29 Sept - 1 Oct and 6 Oct - 8 Oct.  An opportunity to look behind the scenes and learn the story of a wide variety of heritage places and spaces on the Island.  Includes 'Meet the Trammers' tours at Summer Hill Stables at 10:00, 11:00 & 12:00 on 30 Sept, 1 Oct, 7 Oct & 8 Oct.

To view / download the full information leaflet, CLICK HERE.


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