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The Mighty Wheel of Man

By Linda Tancs

Sometimes called The Lady Isabella, the Isle of Man’s Laxey Wheel is a feat of Victorian engineering. It’s the world’s largest working waterwheel and pumped floodwater out of the Laxey mines for 70 years. Today it produces enviable views across the Laxey valley. The wheel is just a short walk away from the terminus of the mine railway, a restored railway running along the surface section of the tramway which once carried lead and zinc ores from deep inside the mine. Both sites are open seasonally but for different periods; coordinate your visit so you get the best of both worlds.

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