Passengers travel in a tiny carriage, hauled by a replica of one of the original steam engines, through the Island's only railway tunnel and along the line which once carried wagons loaded with the metal ores. Their two 4×6in inside cylinders had Bagnall-Price valve gear and a geared drive to the rear axle, but coupling rods between the axles. At the upper terminus, linking the railway to the Laxey Wheel, once operated the Laxey Browside Tramway but this has long since vanished, replaced with a car park. The Volunteers’ Week is a celebration, which takes place annually, of the contribution of hundreds, if not thousands, of volunteers make across the Isle of Man. 362 talking about this. The railway is operated and maintained entirely by volunteers from the Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust. The railway is operated and maintained entirely by volunteers from the Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust. In 1827 a pit pony was purchased to haul the wagons, and the number of ponies grew as the mines expanded. half a mile from the village of Laxey and shadowed by the great wheel, the mine lies in a steep sided glen astride the River Mooar in an almost intact condition. 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. 20 talking about this. Although the line runs past the mine entrance, the spur into the underground section has not been restored.[3]. Laxey Woollen Mills. You hop on the tram at the Valley Garden Terminus where there is also a small souvenir shop. Search, Background & Tips: Download Page. Our thoughts are with his wife Jackie at this sad time. Official page of the Great Laxey Mine Railway. The Great Laxey Mine Railway was originally constructed to serve the Isle of Man's Great Laxey Mine, a lead mine located in Laxey. The Laxey Wheel, the Lady Isabella, is just a short walk away from the terminus. The steam locomotive is an original and the little train takes one close to the Laxey Wheel so it is worth the small fee if you want to avoid a longer walk. The railway is operated and maintained entirely by volunteers from the Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust. The photographs is this gallery are in descending order with the most recent images shown first. In the late 1990s momentum began to grow for the restoration of the railway's above-ground section, and in 2000 restoration work commenced. Replica engine. The railway, a quarter of a mile in length, runs up the valley from the former Washing Floors, now the Valley Gardens, to the main site entrance where there is a picnic site, footpath and information boards explaining the mining features. The railway was originally hand-operated, with miners pushing small wagons. The Great Laxey Mine Railway. 4-wheel tipping ore truck (not serviceable), static exhibit at Valley Gardens station. Replicas of both locomotives were constructed for the re-opening of the line as a tourist attraction. This restored railway runs on a surface section of tramway which once carried ores from the mine and passes through the Island's only railway tunnel. The railway's freight wagons were originally constructed locally, and took the form of high-sided four-wheeled open ore wagons. Tribute to the men of Laxey who fell during the Great War. We would like to thank those organisations who have supported us over the years and there are many of you. The restored railway was re-opened in 2004. 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. Great Laxey Mines Railway (Official website), Douglas Head Marine Drive and Electric Tramway, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Great_Laxey_Mine_Railway&oldid=986391109, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. In service. Carriage 1, built by Alan Keef Ltd in 2004. The uppermost level of mine workings, known as the adit, was a series of tunnels extending to a mile and a half, which entered the hillside at ground level, and connected the heads of all the working mine shafts. 18th March 2018 'News' The Great Laxey Mine Railway – Volunteers Week ‘The Big Event’ 2018. Copper ore was mined at Bradda Head as far back as the 13th century, Harald, King of Mann (1237–1248) having granted a charter under which the monks of Furness Abbey obtained working rights for this mine. The former Great Laxey Mine Railway - a mineral railway rebuilt as a tourist line for the 21st Century. Six original ore wagons, now preserved in museum locations on the island. The Great Laxey Mine Railway, Laxey: See 50 reviews, articles, and 62 photos of The Great Laxey Mine Railway, ranked No.4 on Tripadvisor among 12 attractions in Laxey. About The Great Laxey Mine Railway Heritage Railway - The railway which used to service the Great Laxey Mine comes back to life with steam engines Ant and Bee and Wasp our electric locomotive. It was discovered that parts of the underground section of the railway were still intact, and in one tunnel an entire train (consisting of six open ore wagons) was found, abandoned underground when work in the mine had finished. Six replica ore wagons, built at the Laxey Blacksmith in 2000, in regular service on the restored railway. At the bridge over the valley, walk down the footpath on the right to the Valley Gardens from the junction of the main Laxey to Ramsey Road and Captains Hill. 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