Britain's one remaining horse tramway, founded in 1876, is ready to cope with the tourists who like to muse on the quiet good old days in sunny Douglas, capital of the Isle of Man, lying off the West coast in the Irish Sea.
TV Douglas I.O.M.
LV Horse drawn tram on promenade
LV Horses being groomed
SCU Horse "Winston" drinks at trough
CU "Winston" winks at camera
SV Smithy at work
SCU Finished shoes
SV Horse being shoed
SV Horse led to change with horse on tram
LV Horses being changed over.
SV Tramx pulls away
CU Conductor and passengers
Travel shot on journey
CU T-ravel shot of horses' head.
Travel shot... driver and horse.
" Passengers seated
" Passing another tram
LV Tram about to pull up at stage
CU Driver's' hand on brake
LV Modern bus on roadway
LV Horse drawn trams passing
SV Entrance to horses home
LV Horses in field
SV Horses feeding
GV Horses in field
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Background: Britain's one remaining horse tramway, founded in 1876, is ready to cope with the tourists who like to muse on the quiet good old days in sunny Douglas, capital of the Isle of Man, lying off the West coast in the Irish Sea.
Douglas's population increases fourfold for the holidays. Foreign visitors drawn by the international motor racing events sent hundreds of letters to protest against a project to do away with the horse-drawn trams. Letters from Britons and a strong Press campaign too bulked the project.
In summer the 75 horses in service carry more than a million and a half visitors. In season one tramcar leaves every one and a half minutes for service along the promenade. And every three hours, the horses on duty are replaced.
At the end of their working life, these horses live on a farm in retirement. Some forty of them are there now.