Rail transport in the Isle of Man

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Map of main railways in the Isle of Man
Railways and tramways of the Isle of Man
 Principal stations and interchanges only 
Orchid Line
not shown
Snaefell Summit
Kirk Michael
Sea Lion Rocks
Lhen Coan
St. John's
St. John's
Derby Castle
Sea Terminal
(DBHT) ferry/water interchange
Douglas Head
Port Soderick
Port Erin

See also Transport 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[1] with several historic railways and tramways still in operation. These operate largely to what is known as "Manx Standard Gauge" (3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge)[2] and together they comprise about 65 miles (105 km) of Victorian railways and tramways. The Isle of Man Railway Museum in Port Erin allows people to find out more about the history of the Manx railways, and was until 1998 accompanied by a similar museum in Ramsey, which was dedicated to the history of the electric line, but this was 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 Snaefell, the island's only mountain, are all government-owned, and operated under the title Isle of Man Railways, as a division of the island's Department of Infrastructure. The lines at Groudle Glen and Curraghs Wildlife Park are both privately owned but open to the public.[3]


Most lines have "Manx Standard Gauge" of 3 ft (914 mm).

Name Dates Gauge
Snaefell Mountain Railway Since 1895 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Groudle Glen Railway Since 1896 2 ft (610 mm)
Manx Electric Railway Since 1893 3 ft (914 mm)
Isle of Man Railway Since 1873 3 ft (914 mm)
Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Since 1876 3 ft (914 mm)
Great Laxey Mine Railway Since 1877 19 in (483 mm)
The Orchid Line Since 1992 Various
Upper Douglas Cable Tramway Until 1929 3 ft (914 mm)
Douglas Southern Electric Tramway Until 1939 4 ft 8 in (1,422 mm)

Other closed railways, such as the Manx Northern Railway, and railways that are not open to the public, such as the Crogga Valley Railway, are not shown in this table.

See also


  1. ^ Herring, Peter (2004). Yesterday's Railways. David & Charles. pp. 270–272. ISBN 978-0-7153-1733-4.
  2. ^ Railways in the United Kingdom
  3. ^ The Manx Steam & Model Engineering Club Archived 16 March 2011 at Archive.today
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