News & Events
JJ Ribbons Christmas Extraveganza and Santa Trains.
Once again JJ Ribbons has organised a very special event to take place on Wednesday 6 December at 6 pm at the shop in Laxey at the Junction of New Road, Captains Hill and Dumbells Terrace on Mines Road.
The Great Laxey Mine Railway will be running with a very special Guest on the train.
Come and join in the festive fun, we look forward to seeing you.
Let’s get together again and celebrate Christmas.
Come down and enjoy some festive treats and handcrafted gifts made by our local artisans.
Plus The Great Laxey Christmas Railway 🚂 with the big man himself Father Christmas 🎅🏻🎄🎅🏻🎄
Update on Locomotive fleet.
Bee has returned from Alan Keefs after a wheel came loose on the front axle. Other work completed including the coupling rod drive pins which were not equidistance on both driving wheels. Both issues would seem to have been down to the original manufacture of the loco back in 2004.
Since returning and before reassembly the fusible plug on Bee broke when being removed and due to the yacht type boiler the rremains have proved to be very difficult to remove. However we hope to have good news on this front in the next month or so.
Ant has given good service this season ably assisted when needed by WASP.
Both Ant and Bee are due to have their annual boiler inspection which it is hoped will be carried out once Bee's fusible plug issue has been resolved so that both loco's can be tested at the same time. This is hoped to be in December.
WASP has been sluggish over the last year or so and we now believe the casue of this is one of the twenty four batteries may have failed. We are now waiting for a load tester for the two volt batteries to identify the faulty unit so that it can be replaced. Until then the engine is soldiering on and giving good service.
Laxey & Lonan Heritage Trust Quiz Night
The annual Quiz night and supper was a great success with a lot of fun and good cheer had by all present.
The winning team was the 'Wheel tappers and shunters', one of the railway teams with a total of 79/100 points.
The quiz master did an excellent job in keeping everyone in order and supplying some difficult and challenging questions.
A huge thank you to the team who organised the event and the food (Lasagne) which was wonderful. Also to all who attended and bought raffle tickets raising funds for the Trust.
Hop tu Naa Ghost Trains 2017
A huge thank you to all who supported us this year by ridding on the Ghost trains. The weather may have put a few off on the first Sunday but the next two days were busy. Unfortunately Bee was still not available and so WASP deputised and proved she can do an excellent job.
Thank you also to all the businesses who supported us, ACE Hire, Manx Mini Donuts, JJ Ribbons, The Laxey Commissioners, the three Manx radio Stations for advertising the event along with the Newspapers, Sue Jones for the photography, The Special FX Team, the actors at Mines Yard and all the volunteers who helped make it happen.
We hope to make a few more changes for next year so make a note in your diaries for next year, the two weekends before Hop Tu Naa 2018!
Commonwealth Games Queens Baton relay visits GLMR
On Saturday 2 September 2017, the Commonwealth Games Baton relay visited and travelled on the Great Laxey Mine Railway. Arriving in the early afternoon in bright sunshine, the baton tavelled on Carriage 2 hauled by ANT and driven by Ian Smith.
Tribute to the men of Laxey who fell during the Great War.
A dedication to the men of the parish who lost their lives in the Great war has been placed on the sdies of our carriage as a mark of respect.
Island at War
The Isle of Man had its annual Island at War event during August and the GLMR entered into the spirit of the occasion with our gun battery carefully hidden in the gardens alongside our tunnel entrance to protect it from attack, some say from wayward seagulls!
Lloyds staff volunteer again
On Saturday 29 July, volunteers from Lloyds bank visited us again and generously gave of their time to help paint various items such as the engine shed and carriage shed doors as well as the station building. The gardens were also given a welcome tidy up. We would like to say a big thank you to these volunteers for their ongoing support, it is greatly appreciated.
The lady in the hat is one of our regular volunteers.
The annual Isle of Man Parish Walk took place on Saturday 17 June 2017. For those who are not familiar with this event, it entails walking to every one of the 17 parish churches on the Isle of Man, a distance of 85 miles over a twenty four hour period. Competitors often use the walk to raise money for various charities and they set their own targets as to how far they walk.
Two of the volunteers at Great Laxey Mile Railway took part in the event this year and we congratulate them both as the weather was not the best fro walking as it turned out very hot on the day.
Nick Warner, one of our more recent volunteers walked to Peel, a distance of 30.5 miles in a time of 8 hours, 32 minutes and 12 seconds. Once past Rushen the route involves going up 'the Sloc' which is about two miles of a gruelling uphill slog and this is after you have been walking for over 22 miles at an average pace of about four miles an hour or more. Well done to Nick on this wonderful achievement.
Our other volunteer was Niamh Murdoch who at 18 is one of our younger volunteers. She was raising funds for Age Concern Isle of Man as her chosen charity as part of her fund raising for the Miss Isle of Man Community Challenge of which she is one of the twelve finalists. Niamh had gathered a team of three other friends who planned to walk to Rushen Church (19.5 miles) which is on the outskirts of Port Erin in the South of the Isle of Man. All four achieved this objective within the time limit of 5 hours and 35 minutes.
Well done to everyone who took part in this community event which raises so much money for so many charities.
Duck Race 2017
A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the day a great success. 1500 ducks made their way down the Laxey river to the weir just above the Woolen Mill. Due to the dry spell of weather the Isle of Man has experienced recently, the water level in the river was low and therefore the progress of the ducks was slow. As the ducks approached the finish line there was an added hazard of an inshore breeze blowing the ducks back up the river! All good fun especially for all thsoe who went into the river.
The winners of the Duck Race
Congratulations to all the winners.
A great big thank you to Laxey firefighters without whose help we couldn't run this event.
Thank you everyone who bought a ticket, we hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather we organized.