Isle of Man Steam Railway Supporters’  Association

About The Association

The Isle of Man Steam Railway Supporters’ Association was formed as the Manx Steam Railway Society in 1966, the year that the Isle of Man Railway closed for essential track maintenance work.  We are the leading charity for railway preservation on the Isle of Man. We actively promote awareness and interest in the railway and undertake Manx steam railway heritage conservation projects alongside the day-to-day operation of the railway by the Isle of Man Government.  Find out more:-

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About The Railway

Dating back to 1874 and running 15⅜ miles southwest from Douglas, the Isle of Man Railways 3’ 0gauge line to Port Erin is one of the oldest and longest narrow gauge passenger railways in regular operation anywhere in the world. The railway still uses its original vintage locomotives and rolling stock to provide passengers with a truly authentic Victorian and Edwardian travel experience through the glorious Manx countryside.  You can find out more in the following sections of this website:-

Locos Stock Stations

150th Anniversary : The Douglas To Peel Line : 1873-2023

Join us in July 2023 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Isle of Man Railway’s first line from Douglas to Peel. A number of special events are being hosted by Isle of Man Railways, both on Saturday 1st July 2023 (the anniversary day itself) and during an extended Summer Transport Festival from Sunday 23rd to Sunday 30th July 2023, full details of which can be found by following the links below:-

Cosmetically Restoring No.5 Mona

1874-built No.5 Mona is currently being cosmetically restored to public display condition after nearly fifty years in storage and partial dismantlement. Our fundraising target for the cosmetic restoration is £12,000. Please help us with a donation of any amount. The aim is to complete the work in time for the 150th anniversary of the Railway in July 2023.

Cosmetically Restoring No.9 Douglas

We are currently restoring 1896-built No.9 Douglas to public display condition after over sixty years in storage and partially dismantled. Our fundraising target for the cosmetic restoration is again £12,000. Please help us with a donation of any amount. The aim is to have the locomotive capable of being displayed later in the year if enough progress is made.

Our Official Social Media

Check out all the latest news, event details, photographs, views and archival images from our official Facebook Page which is updated on a daily basis:-

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No.4 Loch

F.49 / F.48 / F.47F.46 / F.18 

 No.11 Maitland

F.45 / F.9 / F.62 / F.63 / F.54

The 2023 Timetable

Manx Steam Railway News

Established in the earliest days in 1966, the quarterly-published official journal of the Supporters Association, which incorporates all news, views and recent events on the railway as well as historical articles of interest and a selection of colour and black and white photography from various eras. 

No.190 DUE LATE JUNE 2023

Volunteering With Us

We are looking for more volunteers to help us with our ongoing projects and initiatives, hands-on practical tasks and administrative roles.  Interested in helping?

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Becoming A Member

If you are interested in the Isle of Man Railway, its current operations and past history, and conserving its heritage, then you should join the Association as a supporting member and receive a range of benefits.

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Making A Donation

Please support our work in helping to promote and conserve Manx railway heritage by making a charity donation to us. You can visit our Fundraising Page for information on the ways you can donate.

Upcoming Railway  Events


Saturday 1st July


Saturday 29th July


Sunday 23rd - Sunday 30th July