Trust News & Views...

Covid-19 & Tramway Track Replacement

posted 21 Jun 2020, 02:05 by Douglas Bay Tramway HT   [ updated 21 Jun 2020, 08:44 ]

Due to the present Covid-19 situation and the on-going works on the Douglas Promenades, the horse tramway remains closed. Development and implementation of education and conservation initiatives in support of the horse tramway, its draught horses and historic tramcars are also on hold at the moment. The Trust therefore is not actively fundraising at the present time.

Rest assured, the upkeep and welfare of the tram horses remains fully provided for by the Isle of Man Government.

Crogga Valley Railway Charity Event

posted 8 Apr 2020, 10:20 by Douglas Bay Tramway HT   [ updated 8 Apr 2020, 10:20 ]

We were pleased to be nominated as the benefitting charity for a recently held Crogga Valley Railway photographers' day near Santon on 7 March 2020. The event was well attended by supporters, with additional funds raised on the day with the provision of light refreshments and the sale of raffle tickets.

A total of £526 was raised from the event and donated to the Trust.

New Picturecard Series

posted 20 Feb 2020, 05:22 by Douglas Bay Tramway HT   [ updated 2 Jun 2020, 06:08 ]

The Trust is issuing exclusive A5 colour Picturecards to its qualifying supporters as a thank you gift.

Those in the UK / IoM making a single online donation of £6 or more this year receive four of the Picturecards.

New and renewing Trammer sponsors in 2020 receive four Picturecards, in addition to their Sponsor Card.

A maximum of four different Picturecards are available in 2020. 

For further information and terms, visit the Make a Donation and Sponsor a Trammer pages.    

Trustee Changes

posted 31 Jan 2020, 03:56 by Douglas Bay Tramway HT

Mr Stuart Mullan is stepping down as a Trustee effective 1 February 2020 due to his other commitments, both professional and personal. The Trustees are very grateful to Stuart for his contributions in the establishment of the charity and its development to date.   

Exercise & Training Saddles for Trammers

posted 5 Dec 2019, 08:59 by Douglas Bay Tramway HT   [ updated 5 Dec 2019, 09:00 ]

The Trust is pleased to have recently acquired two secondhand riding saddles for the Tramway staff to use with the large draught horses on local roads, bridleways and green lanes, and on Douglas beach. The saddles make training and maintaining fitness that little bit easier, quicker and more enjoyable .... for the horses and staff!

Maintaining health and fitness for heavy horses requires meaningful exercise throughout the year, whether draughting, long walking or being ridden. The restricted tramway service this season has provided very limited exercise for only a few of the tram horses.

Crogga Valley Railway Charity Day

posted 4 Sep 2019, 09:11 by Douglas Bay Tramway HT

We were very pleased to be nominated as the benefitting charity for a recent Crogga Valley Railway open day near Santon. The event was fully sold out, with additional funds raised on the day from the sale of light refreshments and raffle tickets.

A total of £798.60 was raised for the Trust, a cheque was handed to DBTHT trustee Edward More by the Crogga Valley Railway managers Will Collins and Cade Williamson.    

New Cooler Rugs for Trammers

posted 8 Aug 2019, 02:30 by Douglas Bay Tramway HT

The Trust has recently provided a pair of cooler rugs to be used by Tramway horses when attending agricultural shows and events.

Whilst primarily for welfare purposes after exercising, the rugs are embrodiered to identify the heavy draught horses to the public as 'trammers', and the Trust's continuing support for promoting them as such at agricultural shows and events.  

Charles Guard joins Trust Board

posted 31 Jul 2019, 09:55 by Douglas Bay Tramway HT

We are very pleased to announce Mr Charles Guard has joined our charity as a trustee.

Charles is an author, broadcaster, film-maker, public speaker, talented musician and heritage conservationist. He was the chief officer of the Manx Heritage Foundation (now known as Culture Vannin) until his retirement in 2016.

Charles continues his passion for promoting the heritage, landscape and people of the Isle of Man, work for which he received a lifetime achievement award in 2018. He is a trustee of the Milntown Estate near Ramsey and a non-executive director of Manx Radio.

Tramway Visitor & Journey Guide

posted 4 Apr 2019, 08:51 by Douglas Bay Tramway HT   [ updated 20 Feb 2020, 05:25 ]

The Trust has published a Visitor & Journey Guide leaflet introducing briefly the history and heritage of the Tramway, the unique experience of riding original Victorian & Edwardian horse-drawn tramcars in an urban street environment, visiting the historic stables, and the renaissance the Tramway is currently undergoing since ownership and operation transferred in 2016 to the Isle of Man Government.

The leaflet also promotes a number of buildings of historical and architectual significance and other points of interest to been seen or explored during a journey around Douglas Bay.

The leaflet will be available from the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal, railway / tramway stations, visitor attractions and other sites across the Island.    

Sponsor-a-Trammer Scheme

posted 8 Feb 2019, 03:38 by Douglas Bay Tramway HT   [ updated 11 Feb 2019, 08:56 ]

The Trust has launched an online £12 sponsorship scheme to help support the upkeep, welfare and promotion of the Tramway's large team of Clydesdale and Shire draught horses. Sponsors receive an A5 colour 'Sponsor Card' for their sponsored Trammer which includes its photo and current profile information.

Sponsorship donations may assist with procuring a wide range of supplies and services for the Tram Horses including:
  • Fresh Vegetables, Feed & Dietary Supplements
  • Salt & Mineral Licks
  • Bedding
  • Grooming & Conditioning Products
  • Medicines, Veterinary & Dentistry Services
  • Education & Promotion Materials
  • Rugs, Harness, Collars & Tack
  • Shoes, Nails & Farrier Services
  • Transportation
Donations may also be used to support the continued participation of Trammers in traditional draught horse activities like attending Summer agricultural shows and Winter ploughing events.

For details, visit our Sponsor a Trammer page.  

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