Isle of Man: Steam Railway

Built in 1874, the Isle of Man Steam Railway continues to operate today. Tracks run along the countryside traveling from Port Erin to Douglas. The original carriages and locomotives are also used in daily operations. The railway measures 3 feet (0.91 m) across, making it the longest and narrowest-gauge railway in Britain. The southern route runs a total of 15.5 miles (25 km) throughout the countryside; it was formerly a part of the massive network that connected the entire island. From 1873 to 1885, a total of four separate lines formed an extensive railway covering the whole country. The first railway opened traveled from Douglas to Peel. A second line connecting Douglas and Port Erin opened up in 1874. From 1878-1879, a third line was opened up and connected St John’s to Ramsey. A final line was opened in 1885, providing a means of transportation from St John’s to Foxdale.