News & Events

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. 

Todd Taylor

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. 

 

Annual Quiz night!

 A huge thank you to all who attended the annual quiz night at the Laxey Working Men's Institute. A good time was had by all who attended raising much needed funds for the trust. 

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. 

Hop tu Naa Ghost Trains

A huge thank you to every one who has helped out with our Hop tu Naa Ghost Trains this year. We would especially like to thanks ACE hire who once again have gone above and beyond to supply our generator and compressor along with a port a loo free of charge.

Our friends from the Donut Factory supplied Manx Mini Donuts along with tea, coffee, soft drinks, hot dogs and soup, which was most welcome. 

We had great support from the Radio Stations on the Isle of Man, Manx Radio, 3FM and Energy FM which we are very grateful for. 

The Laxey Commissioners for their support and the loan of the fairy lights yet again, thank you. 

J&J Ribbons stayed open during the event to support us, thank you.

Manx Tails published one of our posters along with a write up for the event so thank you to them.

The Special FX Skeleton Crew did a superb job of setting up and keeping running all the effects along the line so thank you to all of them. The laser show that occurred after darkness fell was excellent, thank you again.  

We look forward to seeing the results of the footage from all the photographs and videos that were taken along with the footage from the drone that was seen hovering over head. 

And to all the public that turned out to ride on the trains, we hope you all had fun and will join us again next year when we will do it all again where we hope to have at least one new special effect. 

 

Here is a link to the Hop tu Naa Ghost trains in action from 2015.

MTTV Hop tu Naa Ghost trains

Tesco Bags of Help initiative

Thank you to everyone who voted for the Laxey and Lonan Heritage trust in the recent Tesco Bags of Help initiative. The trust came third in the initiative which resulted in a reward of £8000. This will go towards the maintenance and painting of the Lady Evelyn Water Wheel in the Valley Gardens in Laxey, just beneath the railway's station, engine and carriage sheds. 

Old News

Amberley Team visit GLMR

A team from the Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre in Sussex have recently brought over to the Isle of Man their locomotive 'Polar Bear' for the 120 Anniversary of the Groudle Glen Railway where Polar Bear was one of the original locomotives. 

Some ot the team paid the Great Laxey Mine Railway a visit on Saturday 6 August and two of the team recounted their visit in 2005 when they drove Ant and Bee. 

The team were able to ride on the railway today and enjoy a sampler of what it is like to drive Ant.

The Amberley Team during their visit to GLMR 6 August 2016

 

Polar Bear at Sea Lion Rocks on the Groudle Glen Railway 24 July 2016

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!

Passed Driver

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. 

Duck Race - Sunday 8 May 2016

We would like to thank every one who came down and supported the duck race on the 8th May. The postponement for one week proved to be fortuitous with a hot sunny day ideal for duck racing as opposed to the previous weeks wet and very windy weather. 

All proceeds from the Duck Race will go towards the cost of repainting the former Snaefell waterwheel, the Lady Evelyn, at the Valley Gardens. A "Heritage Day" is to be held during August to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the restoration of the waterwheel.

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.

Laxey Flooding

Flooding - Salmon Centre

 

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