In addition to full time and seasonal paid staff, there are a number of volunteers helping Isle of Man Transport with the operation of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, the oldest remaining horse-drawn passenger tramway in the World having opened in 1876.

The Tramway runs on the busy seafront promenades of Douglas, capital of the Isle of Man, with a fleet of its original tramcars dating from 1883 through to 1913.

During the operating season (typically late March to early November), volunteers lead guided tours of the Tramway Stables at the bottom of Summer Hill which date from 1877, offering an unique opportunity to go ‘behind the scenes’ of the World’s last remaining original Victorian horse-drawn tramway.


The guided tours allow visitors to meet, feed and find out about the Tramway's large team of Clydesdale and Shire ‘Trammers’ (heavy draught horses) and the work of the stables staff in caring for them.

Volunteers also assist with special events and are active in helping to promote the Tramway and the Trammers online and with printed materials on Island.  There are volunteer roles for tour guides, storytellers, researchers, photographers, media creators, event coordinators ....

If you would like to find out more about the work of the volunteers or perhaps join the team, then please get in touch by emailing enquiries@horsetram.im.   

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway is owned by the Isle of Man Government and operated as a subsidised heritage transport service and visitor attraction by Isle of Man Transport, part of the Department of Infrastructure.  As volunteer work may take place on Isle of Man Government property, individuals are required to register / re-register with and be accepted as approved heritage railway volunteers by Isle of Man Transport.


Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Volunteers

Isle of Man Transport
Tel: 01624 662525