Secretary / Journal Editor : Grant L. Taylor
Grant has been involved with the Supporters’ Association for over thirty years, initially as a volunteer on the Groudle Glen Railway with his first involvement on the railway being several spells of work experience whilst at high school; his first job upon leaving school was to run the gift shop at Douglas Station for two seasons and he became a board member in 1994 at the time when involved with the first cosmetic restoration of No.6 Peveril. He later became assistant secretary to the late Tony Beard and for several years was the Association membership secretary before first taking editorship of the official journal Manx Steam Railway News in 2001, a position he held until 2014 when other commitments meant he had to step down; happily he later returned to providing the railway notes for each edition and returned as editor in 2019.
Grant became the Company Secretary of the Association in 2007 and remained in post until 2014; in 2023 he returned to the role of Company Secretary though not a member of the board of directors. Aside from his activities for the Association which include website administration, social media content administration and editor, he has been an employee of the railway for many years and can often be found at Castletown Station where he is the secretary of the voluntary Friends Of... group there. He is also one of the active volunteers for the Association in his time off work, being a key figure in the cosmetic restoration of No.5 Mona and the works at The Level, Ballabeg, Four Roads, Ballasalla and Port St. Mary. He also updates and keeps the historical displays refreshed for some exhibits in the museum.
Away from the railway he is a keen musician and has played the tuba with Onchan Silver Band for many years as well as a number of administration roles within the group including the roles of secretary, librarian and deputy conductor; he has competed with the band at national level representing the island on a number of occasions; he has also been involved with several other musical groups on the island including the Isle of Man Wind Orchestra with whom he has toured Europe, and Sheean Prash (Manx for Brass Sounds), a brass quintet which represented the island at the annual Le Tour festival of music in the south of France.
Mr. Grant L. Taylor
26 Victoria Road
Isle Of Man, IM9 2EF
Tel.: +44 (0) 7624 480461