Douglas Horse Trams

pugwash

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Ha! The overseas contingent has signed too (although I had a problem with the boats photo) :rolleyes:
 
mcbearuk

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Signed
 
trammayo

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#24
Ditto
 
Miamigo259

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One of the local MP's (or rather MHK's) has tabled an Emergency motion about the closure which is supposed to be debated by Tynwald sometime today.
Something may happen, but I doubt it.
 
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Maybe those members who use social media would be willing to spread word of the petition on there too.
 
dunnyrail

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Thanks to all you guys n gals that are signing the petition, if they get enough signatures perhaps things may change. We can but hope and sign sign sign!
JonD
 
trammayo

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Just received an email from Friends of...

The horse tramway will feature in an episode of Countryfile (BBC 1, 7.00pm, Sunday 26th February). The email promises some very interesting news!
 
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playmofire

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Thanks for mentioning that, Mick. It led me to visit my webmail page and find that, as usual, it had gone to spam!

I wonder what the exciting news is? I know that there had been plans to end the tramway part way along the Promenade, but the was rejected by The Tynwald, although only a single track would be maintained beyond a certain point, and I'd be surprised if the announcement were for it to be double track all he way.

The other possibility is news about the stables which were up for sale I believe.
 
Northsider

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Spoiler alert: don't read on if you want to see the surprise news on the telly!

But my hunch is...

I have just returned from a few days on the Island, which included an evening with a well-informed local enthusiast. The rumour is that the horse trams will be double track from Derby Castle down to the Villa Marina, and single from there to the Sea Terminal. There also seem to be plans to install overhead electrics and run the MER down to the Villa Marina. The stable building is not in a good state though.
 
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Spoiler alert: don't read on if you want to see the surprise news on the telly!

But my hunch is...

I have just returned from a few days on the Island, which included an evening with a well-informed local enthusiast. The rumour is that the horse trams will be double track from Derby Castle down to the Villa Marina, and single from there to the Sea Terminal. There also seem to be plans to install overhead electrics and run the MER down to the Villa Marina. The stable building is not in a good state though.
A summary of what has been agreed at the latest meeting on 17th January of The Tynwald can be found here:

http://www.friendsofdbht.org/home/news/tynwaldvotestoretainfull-lengthtramway

Presumably, what is to be announced is something additional to this.
 
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royale

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Signed.
 
No72

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But more to the point has anyone been able to articulate a G scale horse to look like its pulling a G scale Horse tram?
 
Gavin Sowry

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But more to the point has anyone been able to articulate a G scale horse to look like its pulling a G scale Horse tram?
Yes. Just have to find the photo, but a guy called Kerry Willard had one running at Rail-Ex 2017 in NZ,

Edit. Can't find/didn't save the pic, but take my word for it. Legs didn't move very much, but the horse was motorised.
 
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playmofire

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Sooooo this would mean that Our Aussie Granite Island horse tramway is probably the last in continuous service. We also have the only Purrey Steam tram in the world too.... We colonials are looking up.
/http://horsedrawntram.com.au/
https://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/videos/purrey-steam-tram/18385/
The Douglas Horse Tramway has just published it's summer timetable and here's a link to the Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway. Certainly not closing and so still the oldest in the world I think.

http://www.friendsofdbht.org/home/news