Great Laxey Mine Railway

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Great Laxey Mine Railway
Locale Isle of Man
Dates of operation 1870s – Present
Track gauge 1 ft 7 in
Length 14; mile
Headquarters Laxey

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 19 in gauge railway runs from the old mine entrance to the washing floors along a right of way that passes through the Isle of Man's longest and only railway tunnel under the 3 ft (914 mm) gauge Victorian Manx Electric Railway and the main A2 Douglas to Ramsey coast road.

Abandoned in 1929 when the mine closed, the 14 mile Great Laxey Mine Railway re-opened in September 2004. Now the Ant and Bee, replicas of steam locomotives with the same names originally built in 1877, carry passengers along a restored route once traversed by cars loaded with lead ore pulled by ponies.

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Great Laxey Mines Railway

Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Heritage railways in the Isle of Man

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway - Great Laxey Mine Railway - Groudle Glen Railway
Isle of Man Railway - Manx Electric Railway - Port Erin Railway Museum - Snaefell Mountain Railway
Heritage Railways: England - Scotland - Wales - Northern Ireland - Isle of Man - Channel Islands