Due to be launched at 11am on the 10 March 2018 at the Lexicon Bookshop in Douglas Isle of Man is the book 'The Magic Tunnel' by Edith Quaggin


Ant and Bee are the two replica steam engines at the Great Laxey Mine Railway who fool around in their shed one night and end up travelling back in time through the magic tunnel (the present-day tunnel still used by the Railway).  They talk to one another about the miners and going into the mine to transport the lead ore to the washing floors where women and children work outside in dirty conditions.  The story ends when the engines come back to the present-time.  The book is part-fact and part-fiction, has been translated into Manx and this publication has been supported by

ISBN 978-1-911177-38-8,

Publisher – Wellfield Publications, Onchan, Isle of Man, IM3 1LT

Pages, 32, size 210 cm x 210 cm


Located in the village of Laxey, on the eastern coast of the Isle of Man, the restored railway runs along the surface section of the tramway which once carried lead and zinc ores from deep inside the Great Laxey Mine.

The railway's terminus is located at the Valley Gardens which was once the site of the Great Laxey Mine's Washing Floors. Passengers travel in a tiny carriage, hauled by a replica of one of the original steam engines, through the Island's only railway tunnel and along the line which once carried wagons loaded with the metal ores.

At the Mines Yard terminus of the railway, a series of information boards explain the surviving mining features. The Laxey Wheel, the Lady Isabella, is just a short walk away from the terminus. Built in 1854 to pump floodwater from the mine, it is the largest working waterwheel in the world and is the Island's most visited tourist attraction. In 2006, the former Snaefell Mine waterwheel was restored to working order on the Valley Gardens. No other railway can boast of a waterwheel at each end!

Please take a few minutes to look at the various pages of the website which explain the history of the Great Laxey Mine, the mine railway, how it was restored, its rolling stock and operating days and much more. The Links tab also offers you a path to our facebook page with current photographs of work and events being carried out by the volunteers.

The Great Laxey Mine Railway is owned by the Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust, a registered Manx Charity, which was formed in 1997 to promote the rich industrial and natural histories of Laxey Village and Lonan Parish. The railway is operated and maintained entirely by volunteers from the Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust.

We would like to thank those organisations who have supported us over the years and there are many of you. In particular we would like to thank Ace Hire in Douglas who have helped with the equipment we have used for the winter season work. Also to Energy FM for their support with letting the public know of our events.

Latest additions to website under News and an Update on the locomotive fleet. We also have dates for the Duck Race and the Hop tu Naa Ghost Trains for 2018

Website written by Andrew Scarffe and Andy Murdoch. Thanks to Andrew Scarffe, Sue Jones, Peter Geddes, Joseph Rock, Liam Miller, Andy Murdoch, Niamh Murdoch, Paul Marshall and Russell Wear for the use of photographs on the website.


Last Updated 12 March 2018