The Upper Douglas Cable Tramway was a tram line serving Upper Douglas. It opened on 15 August 1896 and closed on 19 August 1929.[1]


Douglas Corporation persuaded the Isle of Man Tramways & Electric Power Company to build a line surving the hilly area of Upper Douglas in return for an extended franchise to operate the horse tramway. The line was built to 3 feet (Template:Rnd/+ mm) gauge. Douglas Corporation acquired the tramway in 1902 after the collapse of Dumbell's Bank and the section south of the depot in York Road was closed as it was felt that the gradient made it too dangerous to operate.[2] The service was downgraded to seasonal in 1922.[1][3] After the line closed, the tracks remained in place until they were lifted in 1932.[2] In January 2000, work in connection with the IRIS scheme unearthed the terminal cable pit at Broadway.[4]


Both termini were on Douglas Promenade, at the Clock Tower and Broadway. The line followed a U shaped route serving Victoria Street, Prospect Hill, Buck's Road, Woodbourne Road, York Road, Ballaquayle Road, and Broadway.[1][3] There was a set of points connecting with the horse tramway at the Clock Tower. A proposed link the the horse tramway at Broadway was not built.[2]

Rolling stockEdit

There were fifteen trams on the system.[5]

  • 67 Built 1911 by Milnes Voss. Crossbench car.
  • 68 Built 1909 by Milnes Voss. Crossbench car.
  • 69 - 70 Built 1907 by United Electric. Crossbench cars.
  • 71 - 78 Built 1896 by G. F. Milnes. Crossbench cars. No 77 rebuilt as saloon in 1903, No. 78 rebuilt as saloon in 1904.
  • 79 - 81 Built 1911 by G. F. Milnes. Saloon cars.

After the closure of the line, two of the cars, No. 72 and No. 73 were turned into a bungalow at Jurby. Both vehicles retained their bogies.[6] They had been built by G. F. Milnes in 1896. In 1976, these two vehicles were rescued by the Douglas Cable Car Group, and a restoration carried out using the best of both cars. The tram now bears the number 72 on one end and 73 on the other, it has been converted to work by battery power and is sometimes seen running on the horse tramway.[1]


The Upper Douglas Cable Tramway featured on a 13p stamp issued by the Isle of Man Post Office in 1988.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Cable Car guy
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hendry, Robert (1993). Rails in the Isle of Man, p57. ISBN 1 85780 009 5. 
  4. Manx Electric Railway Society
  5. IOM tramways
  6. Hendry, Robert (1993). Rails in the Isle of Man, p60. ISBN 1 85780 009 5. 

Historic town tramway systems in the United Kingdom (v/t)


Alford and Sutton - Barnsley and District - Birmingham Corporation - Blackpool - Brill - Bristol - Chesterfield - City of Birmingham - Dearne District - Derby - Doncaster - Grimsby & Immingham - Grimsby District - Heaton Park - Hull - Ilkeston - Liverpool - London County Council - London United - Maidstone Corporation - Mansfield & District - Matlock - Mexborough & Swinton - Nottingham Corporation - Nottingham & District - Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire - Rotherham - Scarborough funiculars - Sheffield - Southampton - Volks Electric - Warrington - Wisbech and Upwell - Wolverton and Stony Stratford


Great Orme - Swansea and Mumbles Railway - Pwllheli and Llanbedrog


Glasgow - Scottish Tramway and Transport Society

Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway Tramway

Isle of Man

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway - Douglas Southern Electric Tramway - Manx Electric Railway - Snaefell Mountain Railway - Upper Douglas Cable Tramway


Maley & Taunton