Island at War 2019

posted 9 Sep 2019, 07:23 by Douglas Bay Tramway HT   [ updated 9 Sep 2019, 09:25 ]
Torrin
and Blae visited Douglas Railway Station over the weekend of 17th & 18th August to take part in the annual Island at War event. The pair were beautifully presented by the stables staff. 

Throughout the weekend the Trammers wore purple poppies in remembrance of the eleven million horses, mules and donkeys that were killed during World War I and World War II. 

The Tramway played an important role as part of the war effort during World War I by providing transport for the Munitions Girls who were employed at Derby Castle. At least 80 horses were also requisitioned from the Tramway by the British Government at the outbreak of war in 1914, leaving the remaining horses to provide a skeleton service until 1918. 

The Tramway was closed for the duration of World War II. The Promenade hotels were used as internment camps for enemy aliens and barbed wire fences were put up along the centre of the road to keep the internees in, blocking the Tramway.