Douglas Transportation

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    Ferry (& Sea Terminal)

    by Ellie22 Written Mar 7, 2014
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    If you are arriving by ferry then you will arrive at Douglas port, which is where the sea terminal is located. It is at the end of the promenade in Douglas (near to the shops) and accessible by bus, car, or on foot. The Steam Packet Company have ferry services between the island and Liverpool, Heysham, Dublin and Belfast.

    The terminal building itself has a travel shop, a tourist office, newsagent, and food and drink outlets. It is a great place to get tourist Information as it has a large range of free books and leaflets as well as some for sale. The staff there are also available to answer any questions or queries and give advice.

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    Douglas by Electric Railway

    by Ellie22 Written Mar 4, 2014
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    The Manx Electric Railway (M.E.R) goes from Douglas to Ramsey, via other coastal towns of the east. It is about a 45 minute jouney from Ramsey to Laxey and then another 45 minutes from Laxey to Douglas. There are often two options for seating, covered or open trams. The trams leave from the M.E.R stop at the far end of the promenade (near the horse tram depot) There is a large electric railway sign on the hillside that lets you know where it is (clearly visible from the other side of the bay)

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    Horse Trams

    by Ellie22 Updated Nov 7, 2013

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    The Douglas Horse Drawn Trams are the world's oldest horse drawn tram service, The main stops are at each end of the 2 mile promenade, the one further away from the town centre is where the horses are kept and is the first and last stop of the day, with the other near the port. There are marked signs with a horse and tram on them along the edge of the promenade, they act the same way as a bus stop. The driver will look for people waiting but you can put your arm out, like you would do for a bus to make sure they see you. You then buy your ticket on the tram. It is a nice way to get from one side of the prom to the other, especially if you've been to the shops and have a lot of bags, and in the summer the trams are more frequent than the bus that does this journey. Depending on the weather they may be open or closed trams. They run every 20 minutes between 09:00 and 18:00 daily during the summer, with single tickets being £3 for adults, £2 for children and free of charge for accompanied children under 5.

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    the airport

    by iaint Written Feb 14, 2011

    The airport is a few miles south of Douglas, but easily accessible. I was picked up and dropped off, so I can't comment on public transport links. Probably the website deals with that.

    It is small, as you'd expect. Flights are all pretty short - I think London is the furthest. The main airlines using it are Flybe, Manx2.com and Aer Arann.

    Everything is easy - arrivals, check in, security & boarding.

    I didn't make much use of the facilities as I waited for my flight - I'd come straight for lunch - but they do give you free wifi. I love that.

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    my flights

    by iaint Updated Feb 12, 2011

    I flew with Manx2.com from Blackpool. Not the most obvious choice, as Blackpool is 230 miles from home. Every day except Saturday I could have had a flight from Edinburgh or Glasgow, but I had to go on Saturday.

    The airline is a gem, based on my 2 flights. We left 25 minutes early from Blackpool (as soon as all the booked passengers had checked in). We were exactly on time on the return.

    The weather was rotten - wet and windy - but the flights were smooth. On that route they use an 18 seat LET 410. Never heard of it before. A Czech built turbo prop.

    They have a wonderful safety video on that plane (may not be the same on other services, from what I’m told). It is all acted out by Manx primary school children. Each has a line, then the next one takes over.

    Cost £129 return, but only booked about 10 days in advance. They have cheaper deals.

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    Victorian steam railway

    by Pauldelabar Updated Nov 15, 2005

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    One of the engines at Douglas.
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    Original narrow gauge steam trains run a regular service from Douglas to Port Erin through the gorgeous Isle of Man scenery.

    The carriages are original antiques as well. But fear not. The seats are upholstered and the locomotives and carriages are lovingly restored.

    History:
    The line from Douglas to Port Erin is the only surviving part of the steam railway. Long ago, you could travel by train from Douglas to Peel, and then from Peel to Ramsey. Halfway from Douglas to Peel, there was a junction called St. Johns Junction, and from there a branchline used to go to Foxdale.

    If you enjoyed looking at the above pictures, there are more in my travelogue. Web link below.

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    Groudle Glen steam railway.

    by Pauldelabar Updated Nov 15, 2005

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    Restored station.
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    Another little restored steam railway is the Groudle Glen railway.
    The main station is situated between Douglas and Laxey and can be reached by Electric tram from Douglas and alighting at the Groudle Glen stop.
    A short walk through the glen takes you to the station.

    The 2 foot gauge train will take you on a three quarter of a mile trip to the headland and the site of a long gone sealion and polar bear enclosure. The terminus now has a small cafe and the views are fantastic.

    There are two engines; the steam engine 'Sealion' and the electric 'Polar Bear'.

    If you liked the above pictures more are available in my travelogue Web link below.

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    Isle of Man Steam Packet.

    by Pauldelabar Updated Nov 15, 2005

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    Douglas sea terminal.

    Isle of Man Steam Packet Company sailings to Douglas start at Heysham near Morecambe in Lancashire. Some sailings also from Liverpool.

    If you are going by train from a UK starting point to the sea port, a through ticket can be obtained at most railway stations. Allow a few days in advance of travelling; more time at busy holiday periods.

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    To the top of Snaefell.

    by Pauldelabar Updated Nov 15, 2005

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    Snaefell tram at the 'Bungalow'.
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    Take the electric tram to Laxey and alight there and you can catch the electric tram to take you to the sumit of the mountain, Snaefell.

    An advertising record that came with the IOM tourist boards brochure when I booked my holiday said, "On a clear day see the five kingdoms from the top of Snaefell. England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales - and looking straight up the Kingdom of Heaven".

    Known as the 'Snaefell mountain Railway', the original cars still run. The only intermediate stop is at the 'Bungalow', on the TT course where the trams cross the road. There is a motor cycle museum there if you wish to visit there and a handy pub not far away.

    At the sumit, there is a building housing a shop and refreshment room, - usefull if the cloud settles down on the mountain and views are limited to ones 'hand in front of ones face', and also the temperature sinks, even in summer.

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    Horse trams along the prom.

    by Pauldelabar Updated Nov 15, 2005

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    Horse tram on the promenade.

    From one end of the promenade to the other and the interchange with the Electric Railway (tram) to Ramsey there are horse drawn trams. Liesurely travel is the keyword here.

    When the horses get too old to pull trams, there is a horse sanctuary not far from Douglas. However, at the time that I was there, owing to the tramway being a business, the sanctuary had to actually buy the horses to be retired to save them from the knackers yard which is a bit sad.

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    By tram from Douglas to Ramsey.

    by Pauldelabar Updated Nov 15, 2005

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    Original tram at Laxey
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    You can travel in the original 19th century trams from Douglas (Derby Castle) all the way to Ramsey calling at Laxey en route. The tramway follows the road for much of the way giving great views. Alight at Laxey to see the water wheel and to change trams for the trip to Snaefell mountain summit, also for the groudle Glen steam railway for more spectacular views.

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