The Isle of Man remains largely a backwater for railway enthusiasts from both GB and Ireland, with both sets of enthusiasts more likely to visit each others' countries rather than a diminutive, forgotten rock in the Irish Sea. I'm doing my best to to put that right and drum up a bit more interest in visiting the Island, as well as giving myself an excuse to visit it more often too. The season is nearing its end now and the Horse Trams are already finished but the Manx Electric trams, steam trains and 2ft Groudle Glen Railway operate over the Christmas period. Realistically, it is time to plan a visit for next year.
The very popular 'Driver Experience' courses on the MER and the Steam Railway were available during 2011 and, no doubt, will run again next year. There's plenty to do for the rest of the family and the compact nature of the Island means that everything is within easy reach - a car is not needed - and the best way to get around is by tram/train/bus or on foot!
Have a look in at my embryonic blog here: http://manxland.wordpress.com/
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