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Great Laxey Wheel stops turning!

Fri, 02 Aug 2019

© Copyright Alan Murray-Rust and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
© Copyright Alan Murray-Rust and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Manx National Heritage has announced the Great Laxey Wheel has been forced to stop.

A recent routine maintenance check of the Wheel has highlighted some structural damage to a connecting timber rod.

To prevent any further damage, an executive decision has been made to stop the Wheel turning whilst further assessment is carried out and the issue is resolved.  

Brandon Ellis, Properties Manager for Manx National Heritage, said; "During today's scheduled weekly maintenance work at the Wheel, our vigilant DoI engineers noticed a structural issue with the large timber rod which connects the Wheel's main crank to the L-Rocker  and Counter-Balance bucket at the front of the wheel.  This has necessitated stopping the wheel to allow further detailed assessment of the damage by structural engineers."

The site remains open to the public.


 

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