A team of volunteers help 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 at special events and are active in helping to promote the Tramway. 

During the winter season when the Tramway is closed, volunteers may be invited to help with the restoration or refurbishment of the vintage horse-drawn tramcars at the Derby Castle MER Maintenance Depot.