Manx Electric Railway
Manx Electric Railway
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  • Susan J
    Kendal, United Kingdom125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A real gem
    Took the Manx electric railway from Ramsey to Laxey. We sat in open carriage, so had fantastic views of the coast. Very convenient for the Snaefell Mountain railway. The engine and carriages are beautifully maintained.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 27, 2023
  • Peter C
    Sheffield, United Kingdom51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A REAL TREAT!
    I have a disability and use a mobility scooter to get around and we have just returned from our first visit to the Isle of Man. We just wanted to say a massive thank you to all the team at the Manx Electric Railway. ALL of them were so very helpful in making my trip on the railway possible and thoroughly enjoyable. We looked at the railway on the internet and discovered that they had a specially modified carriage, No56 which is adapted for disabled access. Right from our very first phone call with Jackie in the booking office the superior level of service shone through. We arrived at the allotted date and time and sure enough No56 was there and Bob and the rest of the team went over and above to make it happen for me. Bob is a real star! Before I knew it I was on the train and on my way from Douglas to Ramsay on my return trip with my wife in “56”. I didn’t catch the name of the driver but he too was fantastic with a “can do” attitude which helped make the trip so enjoyable. The train itself is in keeping with its age and is full of character and to see the island from this unique vantage was a real treat. Thanks to all involved and I commend the railway to all. It’s a great experience and such a great day out, one which I was able to do due to the friendly and totally helpful staff! WELL DONE TO ALL!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Esther C
    Lisburn, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rail travel as it used to be
    Travel back in time with this type of railway !! As it was summer season ,an open tram carriage was available. This was lovely on a hot day , but on cooler days a coat /jacket would be advisable as it can be chilly . A beautifully maintained and very clean carriages , though be prepared for a “ bumpy “ journey , though for us it added to the whole experience !! Scenery was breathtaking in places, especially the coastal views and the descent from Snaefell back to Laxey . Unfortunately although the weather was bright sunny and warm in Laxey as we headed towards Snaefell , it became very misty , so that when we reached the top it was very windy ,cold and no visibility …..bring a suitable outdoor coat even in summer !!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Ian T
    Liverpool, United Kingdom68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peep Peeep
    This is one of the best views, best transport and best experience of history I have had. The trams are pristine, very old and very much loved by all in their care. The view from Laxey to Douglas will rival anything in the world. Overall this is just as good as transport anywhere gets.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Snowdrop777
    Cambridge, United Kingdom55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    a must do on the Island
    last went on this railway as a little kid. 50 years later it was great to do it again. The views on the way up Snaefell are beautiful. We had to queue to get on. July is the start of tourist season, but there is a small cafe to get a drink while you wait.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Kevin M
    34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A thrill for transportation geeks.
    A functioning electric tram going through beautiful Manx countryside. It's a hard day to beat. The rolling stock is the original issue, the thing most frequently found in museums. This is an almost unique opportunity to experience riding the equipment, rather than walking through it while staying behind velvet ropes.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 6, 2023
  • nessief
    Worcester, United Kingdom1,071 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the money!
    We always make the effort to ride on this railway when visiting the Isle of Man. Always nice and clean with polite staff. The only slight criticism today was that our trial from Ramsey had only open carriages. We got very cold and it was hard to climb up onto these carriages beingshort legged and partially disabled
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Jowedah
    Ireland14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to spend afternoon
    A fantastic way to see the Isle of Man, we went to Snefell peak, beautiful day and views. Ticket is good value- explorer ticket lets you use train,tram , bus. Lovely experience, sit on open air section to Laxey.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Leslie W
    175 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fun ride, but it sure is noisy!
    I have to admit, I expected an electric train to be quiet. But it still has metal wheels that have to roll along a metal track. And cars that shift and jostle. It's a pretty loud ride. But the windows open for fresh air, and the train goes to interesting villages and woods. The train runs on a regular schedule from Douglas north to Laxey and ends up at Ramsay. There are other stops along the way, and you can get off and back on at any of them going in either direction. Note that some stops are served only if you flag the conductor down as the train approaches. Do yourself a favor and buy a multi-day transport pass. It's good on all the buses and trains.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 12, 2023
  • RosenTony
    Blackburn, United Kingdom352 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Douglas to Laxey and return
    Tickets are purchased at the office in Douglas adjacent The Terminus Tavern and cost £13 return to Laxey but there are other ticket options if you were there for a few days which would be better value. The weather was drizzly but it didn't deter us from sitting in the open carriage. I was surprised there wasn't any safety chains on but am aware its probably the original carriages and staff do advise to keep all arms and legs within the carriage. The journey takes around 30mins and the views are beautiful. The tram was noisier than I expected and does go at speed. There is a little cafe in Laxey which we grabbed a quick coffee and toilet break before catching the return tram back. There is the option to go walking to the wheel approx 15mins from Laxey or to get the onward train to Ramey.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 16, 2023
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stillmoovin
Elviria, Spain17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
A lovely way to explore the North of the island ... imagining the elegant tourists in Victorian times sitting on the same seats and thrilling at "speeding" through the countryside. We went as far as Ramsey but high points were Laxey Wheel and the side trip up Snaefell on the mountain railway. Using the Go Explore card was ideal ... we took the 3 day option and really felt that we got value for money
Written April 11, 2023
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HUNTINGPARTY
Sevenoaks, UK549 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Took the electric railway to Laxey and then on up to the top of Snaefell. Sat in an outside coach on the way out but opted for inside on the way back to Douglas - inside seats are padded!
Weather was poor so unfortunately couldn't always see the views the commentary was telling us about, but that is not the fault of the railway!
Staff were friendly and helpful. Train only runs on certain days so be sure to check the timetable.
Written August 2, 2021
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EzzyP
Dorset, UK77 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Started our journey from port Erin on steam train at no point did anyone say the horse drawn trams weren't working which was extremely disappointing but also cost us valuable time that although an all day explorer pass was purchased that due to the timetable you actually can't explore all day and that due to this reduced timetable you'll actually queue for every tram/train meaning you can't complete your journey resulting in a £35 taxi back to our car after £44 tickets!! Rode on two trams for that! An expensive day that not only didn't feel value for money particularly in this current climate but we also experienced rude indifferent staff. This is a main tourist destination learn to be polite and patient with your customers!! Unfortunately this marred our experience. Seemed organised chaos when boarding and queuing also at snaefell asked if we could stay on to return straight down told no onky to see people doing exactly that! Meaning we stood for half an hour in the cold on the summit waiting again! I think the timetable needs revisited due to the numbers queueing. Can't imagine what the busy summer seasonals like! You're trying to attract staycationers like us to spend money try at least be civil and helpful if would go a long way!
Written September 13, 2023
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David T
Doncaster, UK116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Having a spare day, I decided to go on the Electric railway. This time went all the way from Douglas to Ramsey. Could not get on the 1st train as booked up by coach holiday. Sat in the enclosed carriage on outward journey and open air carriage on return journey. Takes 1 1/4 hours at a rattling steady speed. The views are marvellous on a fine day, Sit on the Right going north and left on return to take photo's.
Best parts (views) are after Laxey but you need to get off at Laxey if you are going up the mountain.
Went on a Sunday and Ramsey was like a ghost town. Local I met said it is always like this. So unless you want to chill out don't stop in Ramsey too long.
Many walkers/ramblers seem to use this railway as there are many stops to drop you off which I am informed are close to walking paths. I am not a walker so don't know if this is true.
A must along with Steam Train and Horse Trams (use this as council trying to stop/reduce Horse trams) on a visit to Isle of Man. Tickets available to cover all 3 plus buses.
Will use again.
Written September 24, 2021
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@ LoveTravel789951
Cheshire, UK95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Every visit to the island we use the MER trams wherever we can. Such an unusual experience and so unique as they have remained traditional throughout the years. They are always prompt with request stops along the way to either Douglas or Ramsey. We always sit outside, to get the best views, albeit it can get chilly but we just wrap up ready for the trip. Well done to all those that work on behalf of MER.
Written October 17, 2021
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RosenTony
Blackburn, UK352 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Tickets are purchased at the office in Douglas adjacent The Terminus Tavern and cost £13 return to Laxey but there are other ticket options if you were there for a few days which would be better value. The weather was drizzly but it didn't deter us from sitting in the open carriage. I was surprised there wasn't any safety chains on but am aware its probably the original carriages and staff do advise to keep all arms and legs within the carriage. The journey takes around 30mins and the views are beautiful. The tram was noisier than I expected and does go at speed. There is a little cafe in Laxey which we grabbed a quick coffee and toilet break before catching the return tram back. There is the option to go walking to the wheel approx 15mins from Laxey or to get the onward train to Ramey.
Written August 16, 2023
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GRAHAM C
Dunton Green, UK860 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
From the end of the promenade in Douglas to the centre of Ramsey, this is a must for anyone visiting the Island whether you have a car or not. Its like a taxi service, with many stops in rural and urban settings. The views are fabulous both of the coast and the countryside in general. You pass some spectacular houses, lovely open farmland and hills and if you are lucky wild goats will cross your line. Many trains run daily, normally in sets of two ( one open - best for photos, one closed best for comfort ) Top tip - weather permitting if travelling from Ramsey sit on the left , from Douglas sit on the right of the open carriage for the best views and photo opportunities. Brilliant . Thoroughly recommended.
Written October 1, 2021
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William G L Corlett
Liverpool, UK190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Fine example of a Victorian Electric Railway and I'm sure one of the best examples in the British Isles.
Railways like these sets the Isle of Man apart.
So much tradition and character to the vehicles as you pass through some of the best Glens and coastal scenery on the Island.
The Mountain Railway is another trip all together as you pass through steep valleys to the highest point on the Island.
These tram ways never need modernizing.
Keep fine things the way they are, just maintain and look after them.
Written October 4, 2020
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Snowdrop777
Cambridge, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
last went on this railway as a little kid. 50 years later it was great to do it again. The views on the way up Snaefell are beautiful. We had to queue to get on. July is the start of tourist season, but there is a small cafe to get a drink while you wait.
Written July 18, 2023
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Nessa S
Seaford, UK105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
From purchasing a ticket from the Tramway ticket office and boarding the tram, I was impressed with the kindness and professionalism of the tram staff. The carriage was spacious enough, although a bit of a squeeze for three or four people, but it was pleasant. No windows meant that care had to be taken with arms and legs, but it was fine. I enjoyed three journeys during my stay in Douglas, to Laxey, Laxey for the Snaefell Mountain Railway, and to Ramsey. Very interesting history of the Manx Electric Railway and still maintained in the original way that these trams have been operating since the Victorian times. It's a great way to visit the area between Douglas and Ramsey.
Written July 16, 2022
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