We have all heard about the tok tok ghoda gadi. But how many of us have actually heard about a horse tram ? Yup there one in island which is located in one corner of England called the Isle of Man.
Horse trams are found on the capital of this Island called Douglas Port. These horse drawn trams are the world’s oldest surviving horse tram service, dating back to 1876. The trams are fitted with roller bearings to ease the load on the horses bred to pull them. The trams link the 2 miles distance from the Manx Electric Railway to Douglas Promenade Sea Terminal and Port.
The horse has got an open carriage attached to it which can seat about 20 people at a time. The horse rider takes his position in the front and the conductor stands on the side of the carriage.The horses are very friendly and run for a maximum of 1 hr 20 mins a day for 5 days a week and 4 months a year. The rest of the time their stable is the only place for them to be.
As they grow old they are shifted to – Home of Rest for Old Horses which is a famous visitors attractions in Douglas. These old horses love attention and really look forward to visitors meeting them with a bag of feed, carrots or apples.
I spent 2 days in this Island and just loved being with nature.