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Join us in 2023 to celebrate the two remarkable milestones of the Heritage Railways on the Isle of Man


150 years of the Isle of Man Steam Railway and 130 years of The Manx Electric Railway


  • Saturday 1st July 2023 - A glorious celebration of 150 years of steam to mark the official anniversary of the opening of the Isle of Man Railway Company Ltd on 1st July 1873.
  • Sunday 23rd July - Sunday 30th July 2023 - An eight day festival on our Island's award winning Heritage Railways with many unforgettable events to mark the 150th anniversary of the Steam Railway and 130th anniversary of The Manx Electric Railway.
  • Sunday 10th September 2023 - A special commemorative day to mark 130 years of the unique Manx Electric Railway which first opened from Derby Castle to Groudle Glen on 7th September 1893.

Full event details for 2023 will follow in due course. We have some very exciting events planned for this occasion. Latest updates for the event will be published on this page and our Facebook page /IoMTransport

Historical pictures and documents

Isle of Man Railway first published timetable, July 1873

Isle of Man Railway opening day 1st July 1873. No.1 'Sutherland' preparing for departure to Peel

Manx Electric Railway Car No.3 and Trailer No.16 completing test runs to Groudle Glen in August 1893