As The Railway approaches the 20th anniversary of operating, can you help ensure that it thrives for the next 20 years, and beyond?

Many of our volunteers have gone on to pursue careers in both the Isle of Man Steam Railway, The Manx Electric Railway and further afield. We want to make sure that young people continue to get the same opportunities, as well as preserving the railway as a great attraction in The Isle of Man, for the future generations of tourists and locals alike. To help achieve this,  we are looking to replace all of the track and sleepers along the line over the coming years, but we need your help to do this.

We have therefore launched a Fund-Raising Appeal and you can help us reach our target of £50,000 by making a donation either through PayPal, using the QR code in the photos below or by sending a donation to our bank account, the details of which can be found in the “booklet” below. We are proud of being the only 19ich gauge railway in the world (as far as we know!) and what we have achieved over the past 20 years, and hope that, with your support, we can continue to operate well into the future. Thank you for taking the time to read this post and for any donation you make.


The Railway opens at Easter 2024 and runs every Saturday throughout the summer, 11.00 to 16.30, until the end of September. We look forward to welcoming you.

Check out  our Facebook page for what is going on at the Railway during the close season.                                           

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.

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

Last Updated 30 May 2024