Redundant Douglas Horse Trams auctioned

SIX Douglas Bay Horse Tramway trams were sold by auction on August 27 for a combined total of £9,200, reports Cliff Thomas.

Pictured inside Strathallan Depot on July 29 are two of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway vehicles currently out of use (nearest camera is 1896-built Bulkhead Toast Rack No. 34) sold at auction on August 27. CLIFF THOMAS
Pictured inside Strathallan Depot on July 29 are two of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway vehicles currently out of use (nearest camera is 1896-built Bulkhead Toast Rack No. 34) sold at auction on August 27. CLIFF THOMAS

The sale was announced, at short notice, by Douglas Borough Council, with removal from Strathallan Depot by purchasers required by September 30. The trams, not currently in use and all needing restoration, were built by George Milnes and comprise Winter Saloon No. 28 (built 1892), 1896-built Bulkhead Toast Rack’s Nos. 33, 34 and 37, and 1902-built Open Toast Rack’s Nos. 39 and 40.

Neither the vehicles, nor the Queens Promenade stables site, were included in the transfer of operational trams to Isle of Man Transport (see p101).

Read more in September’s issue of The RM

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