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Isle of Man Steam Railway


Opened in 1874, this narrow gauge railway still runs with its original locomotives and carriages, through an ever changing landscape, to a choice of destinations in the south of the island.


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Isle of Man Heritage Railways


Transport Headquarters Banks Circus Douglas Isle of Man IM1 5PT

  • 01624 663 366
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Open days

Thu-Mon 9-26 Mar, Oct. Daily 29 Mar-17 Apr. Fri-Tue 20 Apr-1 May. Daily 4 May-Sep (not 18, 25 Sep). Thu-Mon Oct-5 Nov.

Step back in time for a journey you will never forget, experience the grandeur of travelling between Douglas and the south of the Island on a Victorian railway, perfectly frozen in time.

Set in the heart of the Irish sea, off the north west coast of England lies Britain's best kept secret – the Isle of Man. The Island developed a thriving tourist industry and much of the Victorian infrastructure remains, including one of the largest functioning networks of steam and electric railways.

At Douglas, the Island's capital, you can head to a choice of destinations in the South by Steam Railway, these include the ancient monastery of Rushen Abbey, the impressive Castle Rushen and a number of sheltered, sandy beaches. At the opposite end of Douglas promenade you can step aboard your tram car and travel northwards towards Laxey, containing the world’s largest waterwheel called 'Lady Isabella'.

Laxey is the starting point of the Snaefell Mountain Railway, a unique Victorian enterprise which winds its way up above 2,000 feet to the top of Snaefell, the Island’s only mountain. At the top enjoy refreshments and sunset dinners in the Summit hotel Cafe, on a clear day one can see the six kingdoms. The kingdom of Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, Mann and Heaven.

Designated coach parking, set down and pick up points are available nearby most main stations as are cafes and toilets.

Special events are put on throughout the year and private hires are available.


Fri 30th Mar - Mon 2nd Apr: Rush Hour on the Railways

Isle of Man Railways, Douglas, Isle of Man, .
Tel: 01624 663 366.

To celebrate the beginning of the 2018 operating season with four day celebration of Isle of Man Railways.

Railways / Steam and Vintage Rallies

Wed 25th - Sun 29th Jul 2018: Manx Heritage Transport Festival

Isle of Man Railways, Douglas, Isle of Man, .
Tel: 01624 663 366.

Five days of vintage transport will delight visitors to the Island in July. The Manx Heritage Transport festival features steam and electric railways,…

Buses / Classic Cars / Motorbikes / Railways

Sat 18th - Sun 19th Aug 2018: Island at War

Isle of Man Railways, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 5PT.
Tel: 01624 663 366.

Wartime 1940s weekend

Military / Railways

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