Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Behind the Scenes
Published by Isle of Man Transport and written by local author, photographer and historian Barry Edwards, this new book goes ‘behind the scenes’ and takes a look at the lives of the tram horses while operating the trams and while relaxing in the fields.
Horse trams have operated along Douglas Promenade for the best part of 150 years, at one time carrying over a million passengers a year. Today the tramway has a fleet of 13 trams. Arguably the most important ingredient of the tramway is the horses. A selection of Shire, Clydesdale and Cob horses are in the stud, looked after by a dedicated team of people. The horses welfare is of the upmost importance and considerable effort goes into ensuring that they remain happy and healthy. This book goes behind the scenes, looking at the life of the horses while operating the trams and relaxing in the many fields available for them. Details about the daily upkeep of the trams is also included.