About the Trust...

Douglas Bay Tramway Heritage Trust is a fundraising charity established in the Isle of Man to help promote and support the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, its draught horses and its historic tramcars, with a focus on advancing education through heritage conservation.

Queens Promenade, Douglas, c.1910

Our aims and objectives...
By providing financial and other assistance, the principle aims of Douglas Bay Tramway Heritage Trust are:
  • to increase public interest in and knowledge about the Horse Tramway and the historical use of horses as working animals in transport, industry and agriculture;
  • to help develop and maintain a secure and sustainable future for the Horse Tramway as a heritage transport service and visitor attraction;
  • to conserve tramcars, equipment, uniform, records, ephemera and other items connected with the Horse Tramway that are of historical and other defined values for sharing with the public.
Lower (original) Washyard - 
Summer Hill Tramway Stables (2017)
Examples of where the Trust may provide that assistance include: 
  • feed, supplements, bedding and harness for the horses;
  • educational signage and displays; promotional materials;
  • restoration or refurbishment of historic tramcars;
  • transportation of Tram Horses to ploughing matches and agricultural shows, and the provision of necessary equipment;
  • interpretation and public display of Tramway heritage items;
  • veterinary treatment and medicines for the horses.
'Toastrack' Tramcar No.12 with Mark at Derby Castle (2016) 

If you support our aims and would like to help us with a donation, please visit our Make a Donation page for information on how to donate - online, by post or into one of our collection boxes. The Trust is registered as a charity in the Isle of Man (No.1238).

Help Support the Tram Horses...

The Trust is raising money to help support the upkeep, welfare and promotion of the Tramway's large team of magnificent Clydesdale and Shire horses, as well as their continued participation in traditional draught horse activities like agricultural shows and vintage ploughing events.

There are a wide range of supplies and services required to maintain the Tram Horses, including:
  • Fresh Vegetables, Feed & Dietary Supplements
  • Salt & Mineral Licks
  • Bedding
  • Grooming & Conditioning Products
  • Medicines, Veterinary & Dentistry Services
  • Information Panels
  • Rugs, Harness, Collars & Tack
  • Shoes, Nails & Farrier Services
  • Transportation
Please help us to provide assistance by making a kind donation to our Tram Horses Support Fund. Thank you.

'Toastrack' Tramcar No.42 undergoing restoration
'Trammers' participating in heritage ploughing events