Heritage railways in the Isle of Man

Heritage railways in the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man has a rich transport heritage and boasts the largest narrow gauge railway network in the British Isles with several historic railways and tramways still in operation. These operate largely to what is known as "Manx Standard Gauge" of 3' 0" and together they comprise about convert|65|mi|km of Victorian railways and tramways. A railway museum in Port Erin allows people to find out more about the history of the Manx railways and was, until the late 1990s accompanied by a similar museum in Ramsey dedicated to the history of the electric line but this was sadly closed and converted into a youth club. The steam railway to the south of the island, electric to the north and mountain line to the summit of the island's only mountain are all government-owned and operated until the title "Isle Of Man Railways" as a division of the island's Department Of Tourism & Leisure. The lines at Groudle Glen and the Wild Life Park are both privately owned but open to the public.

*Snaefell Mountain Railway

since 1895 - 3' 6" (1,067mm)

*Groudle Glen Railway

since 1896 - 2' 0" (610 mm)

*Manx Electric Railway

since 1896 - 3' 0" (914 mm)

*Isle of Man Railway

since 1873 - 3' 0" (914 mm)

*Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

since 1876 - 3' 0" (914 mm)

*Great Laxey Mine Railway

since 1877 - 19" (550mm)

*The Orchid Line

since 1992 - various gauges

Together they comprise about convert|65|mi|km of Victorian railways and tramways. A railway museum in Port Erin allows people to find out more about the history of the Manx railways and was, until the late 1990s accompanied by a similar museum in Ramsey dedicated to the history of the electric line but this was sadly closed and converted into a youth club. The steam railway to the south of the island, electric to the north and mountain line to the summit of the island's only mountain are all government-owned and operated until the title "Isle Of Man Railways" as a division of the island's Department Of Tourism & Leisure. The lines at Groudle Glen and the Wild Life Park are both privately owned but open to the public.

Upper Douglas Cable Tramway

until 1929 - 3' 0" (914 mm)

ee also

*List of heritage railways
*Mountain railway
*List of Conservation topics
*Conservation in the United Kingdom


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