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Steam Railway

Experience the grandeur of travelling between Douglas and the south of the Island on a Victorian railway perfectly frozen in time.

Overview

The Isle of Man Steam Railway is the longest narrow gauge steam line in Britain and was opened in 1874.

The three foot narrow gauge railway still runs with its original locomotives and carriages through the Island’s charming countryside between the Island’s capital and a range of destinations in the south.

Originally the southern route, which is around 15 and a half miles long, was part of a much larger steam railway network which used to serve Peel in the west, Ramsey in the north and the small mining village of Foxdale.

Many of the Island’s heritage attractions in the south of the Island are located near to railway stations making it a convenient way to travel. Simply sit back and revel in the spectacular Manx scenery and countryside as it gradually passes by you.

Season and Tickets

Running from February 24th to November 5th. The full journey, from Douglas to Port Erin, takes around one hour.

Tickets can be purchased from railway stations or from the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal in Douglas. A return journey from Douglas to Port Erin costs £11.60 for adults and £5.80 for children.

Disabled access is available with prior notice.

Suggestions

Both Port Erin and Douglas stations have retained their Victorian stations and operate refreshment facilities.

If you travel to Port Erin take some time to explore the Railway Museum which is located next to the station. You’ll find fully refurbished steam trains, carriages and equipment, which will provide an insight into the Island’s unique steam system.

Throughout the year a number of special events are held on the steam railway. Don’t miss the Transport Festival which takes place in July where you will experience five days of action centred around the Island’s heritage railways, transport museums and historic sites.