Douglas Bay Horse Tramway
|Douglas Bay Horse Tramway
Raad Yiarn Cabbyl Vaie Ghoolish
|Closed Toastrack No. 35, Loch Promenade|
|Locale||Douglas, Isle of Man|
|Name||Douglas Bay Horse Tramway|
|Original gauge||3 ft (914 mm)|
|Owned by||Douglas Town Council|
|Operated by||Douglas Corporation Transport|
|Stations||Various (Hail & Ride)|
|Length||1.6 miles (2.6 km)|
|Opened||1 May 1876|
The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway on the Isle of Man runs along the seafront promenade for approximately 1.6 miles (2.6 km), from the southern terminus at the Victoria Pier, adjacent to the Sea Terminal, to Derby Castle, the southern terminus of the Manx Electric Railway, where the workshops and sheds are located. It a distinctive tourist attraction.
The tramway was built and initially operated by Thomas Lightfoot, a retired civil engineer from Sheffield. His service was introduced in 1876 and the line has run every year since, except for a period during the Second World War.
In 1882, Lightfoot sold the line to Isle of Man Tramways Ltd, later the Isle of Man Tramways & Electric Power Co. Ltd, which also owned the Manx Electric Railway. The company went into liquidation in 1900 as a consequence of a banking collapse. The tramway was sold by the liquidator to Douglas Corporation (now Douglas Borough Council) in 1902.
Since 1927 the tramway has run in summer only.
There have been several types of tramcar, and at least one of each type has been retained. Most services are maintained by "closed toastracks", with winter saloons and open toastracks also in semi-regular service. In summer trams are stabled outdoors overnight adjacent to the Terminus Tavern public house, and there is a purpose-built tramshed where they are stored in winter.
In 2014 it was announced by the Isle of Man Government's Department of Infrastructure that Loch Promenade would be subject to a 30 week regeneration scheme, meaning that there would be no service in 2015.
During 2015 the horse tram service along the seafront will be temporarily suspended while resurfacing work on the prom continues into its next phase which runs from Regent Street to Strathallen.
The double tram tracks at the centre of the road will be replaced with a single track incorporating passing places. This single track will be moved to the side of the road running next to the marine gardens. A tram terminus and shelter is to be built by the bottleneck car park at the southern end of the run and a pavement will separate the new track from the road itself.
The reverse parking along the promenade will be retained but will move to the west, or townward side of the road. Paid parking on Lock Promenade will compensate for roadside spaces lost during resurfacing between Peveril Square and Regent Street which starts shortly.
- No. 1 - winter saloon, second car with this number
- No.12 - open toastrack with lamp standards on ends and large fleet numbers (returned to service 2014)
- No. 18 - rebuilt winter saloon, now double-deck car appearing in peak season
- No. 21 - "long" (extended) open toastrack with advertisement boards
- No. 27 - enclosed winter saloon
- No. 28 - enclosed winter saloon
- No. 29 - enclosed winter saloon
- No. 36 - roofed toastrack, in regular operation carries Black Horse Finance adverts
- No. 37 - roofed toastrack, in regular operation carries Atholl Car Hire adverts
- No. 40 - "long" (extended) open toastrack, carries Hilton Hotel & Casino adverts
- No. 43 - roofed toastrack, in regular operation carries Going For Gold: Britain In Bloom adverts
- No. 44 - the royal tram, in red white and blue, in traffic summer 2011
- No. 45 - roofed toastrack, in regular operation carries Atholl Car Hire adverts
Some cars that see little use are kept in the sheds adjacent to the station; they are in a number of styles and are maintained to a high standard but see very rare outings, not carrying advertising.
- No. 12 - open toastrack with lamp standards on ends and large fleet numbers
- No. 33 - roofed toastrack, in regular operation
- No. 34 - roofed toastrack, in regular operation
- No. 39 - "long" (extended) open toastrack
- No. 42 - "long" (extended) open toastrack with ornate hanging lamps on bulkheads
Several cars were stored off-site for a number of years having been moved to a transport museum in the north of the island for display in 2009; No. 22 now serves as a souvenir shop in much the same way as it did when located at the tramway terminus for a number of years. The remaining cars are stored at the museum but as they are privately owned no further work has been carried out to them.
- No. 11 - open toastrack, not used for many years. Left out in open storage, leading to fast deterioration in condition.
- No. 22 - "umbrella" car, converted to shop in the 1970s
- No. 47 - roofed toastrack in 1970s condition. Left out in open storage, leading to fast deterioration in condition.
- No. 14 - sole surviving original double-decker, on loan to Manx National Heritage
- No. 35 - roofed toastrack, carries Manx National Heritage adverts, on display at horses' home
- No. 46 - restored to original condition and displayed in the uk until scrapping in 2001
- No. 49 - sole surviving convertible car, privately owned and in store off site (Baldrine)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Horse trams in the Isle of Man.|
- Transport on the Isle of Man
- Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tram, a horse-drawn tramway in Australia
- List of light-rail/tram systems
- List of town tramway systems in Europe
- "Isle of Man Guide - Transportation, Horse Drawn Trams". Maxima Systems. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
- General Notes
- Robert Hendry, (1993), Rails in the Isle of Man: A Colour Celebration, Midland Publishing Limited, ISBN 1-85780-009-5
- Keith Pearson, (1999), Douglas Horse Tramway - A Millennium Year History, 1st Edition, Adam Gordon, ISBN 978-1-874422-25-9
- Johnston, Norman. "Douglas Horse Trams in Colour." Omagh: Colourpoint Press, 1995. ISBN 9781898392101.
- Douglas Borough Council - tramway page
- Isle of Man Horse Drawn Trams
- Tram Travels: Douglas Bay Horse Tramway