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Trains on track to transport Bikes 9 February 2007

Isle of Man Railways could soon be adapting railway wagons to transport mountain bikes and other cycles on the Manx electric trams.

The Department of Tourism and Leisure is currently in discussion with the Mountain Trail Bike Committee and Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry with a view to transporting bikes on the trams so that cyclists can enjoy a mainly downhill route home. In this way they can combine the two modes of transport to cover greater distances around the Island at one time.

Tourism and Leisure Minister Adrian Earnshaw said:

‘This exciting new proposal of accommodating mountain bikes and other cycles on the electric railway will enable us to expand on the service for the many people we want to provide for. We look forward to welcoming cyclists on the trams and hope this new integrated service will also encourage our visitors to see more of the luscious countryside our beautiful Island has to offer.’

The service is expected to commence during May 2007 and will continue on selected advertised dates and times throughout the Summer.

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