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Horse Drawn Trams

Open: Mid May to Mid Sept 2014: Daily, 9am - 6pm
Santa Trams - Dec 2014 TBA: Saturday & Sunday, 10am, 10.40am, 11.20am, 1pm, 1.40pm 2.20pm, 3pm & 3.40pm
Price: Prices for 2014
Single Journey Only
Adult: £3, Child: £2 (under 16yrs)
Children under 5 FREE with paying adult

All Day Tickets
Adults: £5.50, Child: £2.80 (under 16yrs)

Season Tickets
Resident Adult: £20,
Non Resident Adult: £25
Senior Citizen: £15,
Child: £10 (under 16 yrs)

Santa Trams: £7.50 (children under 2 FREE)
Tickets at Town Hall from Nov 1st.

Available from Derby Castle Office or Douglas Town Hall
Disabled: Limited Access - VERY limited, high step up
Location: Douglas
Parking: Ample - Sea Front

History

The Douglas Horse Drawn Trams are the world's oldest surviving horse tram service, dating back to 1876. The trams are fitted with roller bearings to ease the load on the horses bred to pull them. The trams link the 2 miles distance from the Manx Electric Railway and depot at Derby Castle along Douglas Promenade to the Sea Terminal and Port. The line was opened by its creator, Thomas Lightfoot, a retired Sheffield civil engineer.

In 1882, Lightfoot sold the line to Isle of Man Tramways Ltd, which came later to be known as Isle of Man Tramways & Electric Power Co Ltd. In 1902 the Douglas Corporation purchased the lines from its bankrupt owners. The trams have been running ever since, only seeing brief breaks during World War II, and are a popular form of transport for locals and tourist.

Location

Tram Stops - Promenade/Beach Side
Sea Terminal
Claremont Hotel
Tower House Shopping
Near Villa Marina
Near Blossom Hotel
Near Imperial Hotel
Near Hilton
Rutland Hotel
Regency Hotel

Tram Stops - Hotel Side
Sea Terminal
Admiral House
Promenade Church
Tower House Shopping Centre
Villa Marina
Near Blossom Hotel
Hilton
Shops near Hydro Hotel
Corner of Summerhill Road
Derby Castle/Electric Railway Station

Tel: +44 (0) 1624 696420

Travelling on the Horse Drawn Trams

The trams come along the road near the promenade. There are marked signs with a horse and tram on them along the edge of the promenade. Stand near one of these signs if you wish to catch the tram. The driver will be on the look out for waiting passengers and stop. If you are in doubt they will see you then just wave your arm out, like like ones does for a bus. You can buy your ticket on the tram, though residence cards can only be bought at the Derby Depot or Town Hall. It is a fun way to get along the 2 mile promenade and in the summer the trams are more frequent then the bus.

The horses are very friendly and do not mind a gentle pat. They are use to the traffic around them and prove very noble beasts. For those interested in the horses. There is a Rest Home for Old Horses open to the public.


Publications
Douglas Horse Trams (Colourpoint Transport)
Norman Johnston
Colourpoint Books, Paperback, May, 1995
ISBN: 1898392102
List Price: £2.99
Used Price: £36.95
Third Party Price: £43.95
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Discovering Isle of Man Horse Trams
Harry Constantine
Shearwater Press Ltd, Paperback, 06 July, 1977
ISBN: 090498012X
List Price: £0.75
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Trams of Wales and the Isle of Man in Old Picture Postcards
Ian F. Finlay
Europese Bibliotheek B.V., Uitgeverij Boekhandel A, Hardcover, February, 1984
ISBN: 9028825908
List Price: £9.95
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Santa Trams (Photo from Douglas Borough Council)

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