More to see on the La’al Ratty

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© Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Yesterday, the Ravenglass Railway Museum officially re-opened after a major refurbishment. Built on the site of Ravenglass Station, in the West of Cumbria, the new train-shed extension will double the previous museum’s size enabling more of the 6,000 objects plus objects that that the museum holds to be put on display.

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is one of the more unusual heritage railways in England because it is not a standard width gauge railway but one much smaller. At just 15 inches wide, you cannot go to and find off the shelf components. They have to be hand-made, restored or painstakingly located.

Included in the museum you can see locomotives and rolling stock through to uniforms, photographs and historic engineering. Much if this was available before the extension but now you have the opportunity to see these artefacts come to life with interactive exhibitions allowing visitors to not only see the heritage steam locomotives, but to watch how they work and sit in the driving seat too.

Like most heritage railways, the museum relies entirely on volunteers and over the last year they have worked extensively to restore the stock, much of which is over 100 years old, to make sure it is in working order and in exhibition condition.’

A star attraction will be the steam locomotive ‘Katie’ which ran at Ravenglass in 1916 and has just been restored to working condition for the first time since the 1920s.

Known locally as “La’al Ratty”, the seven mile tourist attraction takes forty minutes as it travels through the Eskdale Valley, in the Lake District. Passengers can use the mainline service between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness, getting off at Ravenglass where the heritage railway is adjacent to the mainline. If you do travel by train to get there buy a combined ticket and that will save you £4

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