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“A little boys day out...”

Isle of Man Bus and Rail
Ranked #1 of 40 things to do in Douglas
Certificate of Excellence
Type: Other
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“A little boys day out...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2010

We did the Port Erin to Dougls return trip with my nephew (train obsessed) and boyfriend. A pleasant trip, great views and you got to see some sights of the manx countryside you cant see from the road.
We had a very pleased nephew when he had his hand stamp for the trips :)

4 Thank slciom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2010

We ddidn't go on the train but spent a very pleasant hour in the Cafe at Douglas railway station. There is both a cafe and salad bar. The salad bar/eaterie looked excellent with large homemade portions of imaginative types of salad and a few cooked dishes. I didn't try that as we'd had a big breakfast. I think they will make you up a pic nic if you wish.
I did sample the delights of the cafe. Lovely home made baking and tea in proper tea pots. Very hard working staff but they still had a smile and time for a wee chat.
If you go in and it looks busy there is extra seating upstairs. Nice and airy builsing with olde world charm. I would go back in an instant.

9 Thank Loskie
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“A great day out for families”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2010

The railway from Douglas to Port Erin is all that survives of a once extensive network of narrow-gauge (3ft) railway lines that once also ran to Peel, Foxdale and Ramsey.

Starting at Douglas's splendid red0brick Victorian terminus, the line goes via Ballasalla (for Rushen Abbey), Castletown and Port St Mary to Port Erin. The 15 mile journey takes about an hour.

All trains are still steam hauled, and many of locomotives date from the 1870s when the line was built. The carriages are also vintage (be warned - they don't have toilets) and are a delightful way to see some of the island's scenery. There are cafes at Douglas and Port Erin, and a small railway museum and souvenir shop at Port Erin. Tickets are available that combine the steam railway with local bus services, the Manx Electric Railway and the Snaefell Mountain railway.

On our visit, the trains were busy, with lots of very excited children!

9 Thank DMJ1962
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“Discover The Isle of Man via Steam Train of Bus”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2009

Take an original century old steam train south from Douglas to Port Erin. The quaint little rail car with upholstered seats passes through picturesque rolling hills and a tunnel or two. Locals wave from their homes and streets.Get off along the way at one of the small towns or go the entire distance to Port Erin on the train. One may choose to take a bus back and see the southern area from a different perspective. Either mode of transportation, steam engine or bus on this southern route enables one to visit Ruskin Abbey, The Old Grammar School and/or The Nautical Museum. We purchased our interchangeable tickets at the Visitors Center in Douglas. Had time allowed our tickets would have permitted us to go north on the electric train. It is a very unique and charming way to see The Isle of Man

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