News & Events
Hop tu Naa Ghost Trains 2018
A date for your diaries. The 2018 Hop tu Naa Ghost Trains will be running on the following dates. Sunday 21 October, Saturday 27 October and Sunday 28 October. The times will be 1 pm until 7 pm each day and as the clocks go back during the early morning of Sunday 28 October, we will be running in the dark. Weather permitting we would hope to have our laser show on this last night.
Duck Race 2018
The date for the 2018 Duck Race has been announced. It will be on Sunday 13 May and will be the same format as 2017, starting at the bridge by the Salmon Centre and finishing by the wier by the Woollen Mills.
When tickets are available we will announce where they can be obtained from and for how much along with what the prizes are.
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.
The Load tester has proved that all the batteries are OK but that all twenty four are beginning to get a bit tired (they are eight years old) So we are now looking for sponsorship for a replacement set of batteries. Any offers? we have had quotes but it would be good if we could get a local company to help us out with this project.
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.