The Amberley Museum RailGroup at large on the Isle of Man

(or - WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAYS)

Four members of the Amberley crew who came to the Island with Polar Bear, aboard a Snaefell Mountain Railway car.

Apart from the very modern bus fleet, public transport on the Isle of Man turns back the clock to the turn of the (20th) Century. The Manx Electric Railway, the Isle of Man Steam Railway, both under the management of the Isle of Man Transport and Tourism Department, and the Douglas Corporation Horse Trams all date from the 1880s and 1890s. You can in fact, with a short walk from Douglas Railway Station to the horse tram terminus at Victoria Pier, travel from Port Erin in the South of the Island to Ramsey in the north by rail, via Snaefell if you wish. Only the west of the Island has been left to the motor bus.

The most economical way to make use of the buses, trains and trams on the Island is to buy an Island Explorer Ticket which is valid on all four modes of transport and can be bought for various periods (3, 5 or 7 days) to match the length of your stay.

Follow the links to the pictures - I've also included the Laxey Mines Railway, the latest recruit to preservation on the Island, and the miniature railway (The Orchid Line) at the Curragh Wildlife Park which is on the road to the west of Ramsey.


Manx Electric Railway
Manx Electric
Railway
Isle of Man Steam Railway
Isle of Man
Steam Railway
Snaefell Mountain Railway
Snaefell
Mountain Railway

Isle of Man Buses
Isle of Man
Buses
Laxey Mines Railway
Laxey Mines
Railway
The Orchid Line
The Orchid
Line

Douglas Horse Tram
Douglas
Horse Tram
Post Boxes
Post
Boxes
The pretty bits
The Pretty
Bits


Gerry Cork - January 2007
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