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“Lovely well keeped railway”

Isle of Man Bus and Rail
Ranked #1 of 44 things to do in Douglas
Certificate of Excellence
Type: Other
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

How great it was to go back in time.in a carriage pulled by one of the little engines.
We queued in the lovely little café at the station in Douglas to purchase tickets from a guy behind a sweet little hatch. We were shown where to get a timetable for the return journey and then proceeded outside towards the train. The carriages are accessed via single doors with solid brass handles. Once slammed shut there is no way of opening the door from the inside of the carriage. The widow therefore needs to be lowed via a leather strap to access the outside handle. Fantastic! Of course there are guards at all of the stations to assist if needed.
It is a rickety ride as the train proceeds across the Island, stopping at very well kept and pretty stations.
We went the whole way to Port Erin but would have liked to stop off along the way as others were doing but time was against us. At Port Erin the free small museum is very interesting providing information on not just the railway but on other historic points of the Island. I think in general the I.O.M. is overpriced but the £12.40 paid for this attraction is worth every penny.

Thank waterfronteye
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

As so many others have said we also travelled from Port Erin to Douglas on the steam train and then took the horse-drawn tram along the seafront. It does have to be pointed out that my husband is a steam train enthusiast so this one was really for him!! But it was great fun..interesting little museum at Port Erin with a great film .. Very well worth a visit.

Thank Lucylocket87
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Well worth a trip although very busy. The all day pass saves a lot of money. Be prepared to be underwhelmed when you reach your destination but not much to see on Isle Of Man. Many carriage doors are VERY stiff to open.

Thank KentHelpful
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

We took the first train from Port Erin to Douglas, connected to the horse tram, then took the electric train to Laxey, and finally onto the mountain rail to Snaefell. Although it was a relatively busy Saturday, the service did not seem over-stretched and everything pretty much ran to time. On the way back from Snaefell, we stopped for a late lunch in Laxey, which timed our return train perfectly. A lovely day out with some amazing views. Recommend getting the island Explorer ticket, which offered good value for money.

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Reviewed 10 August 2014

takes you back in time.no rush & push,lovely to see the train so full all cameras at the ready.had a lovely time last time was in 1957.

Thank sydney e
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