In the old goods shed of Port Erin Station, the museum may not look very large from the outside but contains a lot of information and pictures and it is easy to spend several hours if you read everything.
In pride of place are the two steam locomotives, Peveril and Mannin. Peveril is particularly popular with the chidren as they are able to go on the footplate and relive every small boys dream of being an engine driver. There is the Governor’s saloon as well as the Royal Coach used by Queen Elizabeth II when she visited the island and a goods van.
There are ticket offices and the station master’s office, as well as display boards with old tickets. There is a reconstructed workshop and examples of permanent way equipment.
The drive a diesel simulator experience is popular with all ages. There is chance to drive the train from Port St Mary to Port Erin and shunt coaches at Douglas.
There is a lot of information and pictures about all the railway lines that once run on the island from the Port Erin Breakwater Railway to the opening of the railways to Peel and Port Erin. There is information about the Manx Northern Railway from St John’s to Ramsey and the short lived Foxdale Railway.
There is a small entry charge. There is a small shop and the museum is definitely worth at least one visit!
There is a lot more information and pictures about heritage transport on the Isle of Man