When the Isle of Man had a booming tourist industry, both the steam and electric railways were commissioned in the late 1800s and provided a gateway for visitors to hop aboard and see the Isle of Man in all its glory.
Today, both the steam and electric railways celebrate significant birthdays and this new set of stamps takes us back to a time when the Island was swarming with holiday makers. The stamps feature modern Isle of Man Railways posters showcasing the impressive Victorian steam and electric tram service the Island is home to.
This year is the 140th anniversary of the Isle of Man Steam Railway and the 120th anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway from Douglas to Groudle, while 2014 marks the 120th anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway to Laxey.
Today, the railways play an important role in Island life with many residents using them as a relaxed journey into work in the summer months and visitors enjoy the journey the experience from a bygone time and seeing first-hand the Island’s romantic and rugged scenery.