News & Events
After the electrical and mechanical overhaul of WASP during the winter of 2015/16, she is now being given a new coat of paint. As part of the Manx Heritage Transport Festival we have decided to paint WASP Brunswick Green which is a departure from the lined black livery she has been in since her arrival at Great Laxey Mine Railway in 2009.
Claytons locomotives usually carry a bright yellow livery but as Ant and Bee have been been in Lined Black as they were originally, WASP was delivered in the same black livery.
IOM Transport Go Cards
As of the start of the 2017 season, the Great Laxey Mine Railway will be accepting the IOM Transport Go cards for travel on the railway.
This has not been available to passengers in the past and so it is hoped this change will encourage more people to stop off at Laxey and join us for a trip along our line.
It is with regret that we announce the death of Tod Taylor on 31 December last year.
Tod had been a volunteer at the Great Laxey Mine Railway from it's earliest days and had been a valued member of the team. He was a regular volunteer often seen guarding trains until he retired from the railway just over a year ago.
Tod will be greatly missed by all those who knew him. Our thoughts are with his wife Jackie at this sad time.
Laxey Fire Service Event
WASP was deputising for Ant and Bee (who were both undergoing their annual boiler tests) to support our friends at the Laxey Fire Brigade's event on Sunday 20 November 2016. Once again the event was successful and a good time was had by all.
Thank you to everyone who helped out with the event and for those who traveled on the train.
Polar Express with J&J Ribbons
Great Laxey Mine Railway supported J&J Ribbons on 7 December from 7pm till 9pm with their Polar Express event.
This proved to be a great success and much fun and excitement was had by all. Santa appeared on the train much to the joy of all the young (and not so young) people who attended. It was reported that there was even some snow during the evening.
Thank you to all who attended.
Tesco Bags of Help initiative
Duke of Edinburgh Gold Candidate
The 6 August 2016 marked the start of a visit by James Blyth, a 16 year old lad from Hertfordshire who asked if he could volunteer at the railway as part of work towards his Duke of Edinburgh Gold award. This is the residential part of his award.
James carried out a variety of tasks today starting at 7:30 am helping to steam Ant and open the railway up for the days work.
James continued his volunteering on Sunday 7 August and then during the week on projects including our Tuesday volunteering and Wednesday helping with the restoration of Tram 14 of the Manx Electric Railway.
James has been a real asset to the GLMR and we are only sad that James will be returning to the UK and not staying on to voluteer in the future. We wish James well with his Award and hope that he can complete this successfully.
Laxey Fair - 25 June 2016
Laxey Fair proved to be a great success with the weather being kind to us and the crowds turning out for the fair as well as the railway.
Thank you to everyone who turned out and especially to the local constabulary who seemed to have acquired a new traffic vehicle!
On Saturday 18th June 2016 the Great Laxey Mine Railway passed out its latest driver of Ant and Bee.
James Aitchison was passed as a driver by Joseph Rock after a day of testing. Well done to James and welcome on board as our latest steam driver.
James was trained by one of our senior drivers who survived the experience!
We already have another trainee driver waiting to start their duties towards getting their credentials to drive Ant and Bee.
Once again, Congratulations to James on passing out as our latest Steam driver.
Storm Damage 3rd December 2015
A new bridge has been constructed on the site of the bridge which was severely damaged in the storms of December 2015. This new bridge has now opened to traffic but still needs some work to complete the final touches.
The Corn Mill and Salmon Centre have fully reopened for business after a full refurbishment.
Here is a link from MTTV showing some of the devastation from the floods in December of 2015.