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IoM horse trams season kicks-off with new recruits

Oscar and Ethan will join the Douglas Bay Horse Trams service Credit: IOM Gov

The start of the seasonal Isle of Man horse trams will begin again tomorrow.

Douglas Bay Horse Trams resumes on Thursday, with the first service departing from Derby Castle at 8.40am.

Joining the team are Oscar and Ethan. Both horses are three years old and updates will be provided as their training progresses.

The horse trams are an integral part of our heritage transport network. Where else in the world could you travel 34.5 miles under horse power, steam and electricity on transport with an average age of 137 years?

– Minister for Transport Services Jason Moorhouse MHK

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IoM Horse Tram funding approved for 2 years

Douglas Bay Horse Trams began in August 1876 Credit: ITV

The Isle of Man Government has decided to fund the continuation of horse trams for another two years.

From next year until 2018, the trams will be funded by the government, after a decision was made by Douglas Borough Council to end the service. The Department of Infrastructure, with support from Culture Vannin and Manx National Heritage, have been funding the horse trams this year following the Council's decision.

Figures for future plans will be looked into for a new route as well as facilities for the Douglas horse trams.

The trams, which turn 140 years old in August, have long been disputed due to funding the 1.6 mile tramway along Douglas Promenade.