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  • Year of opening: 1893
  • Length of Line: 17 ½ miles
  • Gauge: 3 feet
  • Number of stations, stops and halts: 71

The Manx Electric Railway takes you on a journey along the East Coast of the Isle of Man. The journey lasts around 1 hour and 15 minutes as you travel from Derby Castle Terminus located in the Islands capital Douglas via Laxey to Ramsey Station in the north.

On your journey you pass through scenic wooded Glens, picturesque villages and along the cliff tops with dramatic coastal scenery.

The Tramway still uses its original Victorian and Edwardian Rolling stock including Tram Car 1 which has been in service since the line opened in 1893!

For a behind the scenes 3D walkthrough please follow the below links:

Derby Castle MER tram work shop

Derby Castle MER tram sheds


Places of interest

  • Derby Castle Terminus for the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway and Gift Shop
  • Derby Castle Yard for The Manx Electric Railway Museum (open each Sunday)
  • Groudle Glen for the Groudle Glen Railway
  • South Cape, Laxey for Laxey Beach
  • Laxey Station for the Snaefell Mountain Railway, Laxey Wheel and Great Laxey Mine Railway
  • Dhoon Glen Halt for Dhoon Glen and Beach
  • Ballaglass Halt for Ballaglass Glen
  • Ballajora for Maughold Village
  • Ramsey Station for Ramsey Town Centre and Shops


Special Events

Make your event extra special - The Manx Electric Railway welcomes private hires 


Conditions of Carriage


Trams depart from the Manx Electric Railway terminus (Derby Castle) at the Onchan end of Douglas Promenade, and can be located by the large ‘ELECTRIC RAILWAY’ sign in the cliffs above. Why not travel across Douglas Promenade on the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway which terminates at Derby Castle. Trams also depart from Laxey Station and Ramsey Station.


Our Manx Electric Railway Volunteers offer a fascinating history of the railway online