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Muncaster Castle - Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway La'al Ratty RAVENGLASS AND ESKDALE RAILWAY


La'al RattyThe Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is situated in Ravenglass close to Muncaster Castle on the west coast of the Lake District with the line celebrating hundred and twenty five [125] years in operation with the history being depicted in the Ravenglass Station.

The journey along its seven [7] mile track will take you through one [1] of the most picturesque valleys within the Lake District close to Scafell Pike the highest mountain in England.

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is also known as "La'al Ratty" and was opened in 1875 to bring iron ore to the Furness Railway and the following year began carrying passengers with the railway having a rather unsettled background. When the iron ore trade went into decline and with the line having financial problems the granite quarries were opened in the area to provide traffic for the line.

In Steam La'al RattyThe 3 foot (914mm) gauge track was closed during 1913, and was rescued and reopened by the famous model-maker, Mr. Bassett-Lowke in 1915 on the even narrower gauge of 15 inches (381mm).

The trains were kept busy with the granite quarries, goods and passengers until 1935 when it closed once again.

It was sold in 1960 at Auction. Today a private company operates the railway, supported by volunteers from the independent Preservation Society.

The Ravenglass is now one of the top tourist attractions in the Lake District with the line being greatly improved with the journey time of 40 minutes from Ravenglass to Eskdale. You will find the trains are hauled by either steam or diesel engines.

Visit the Ratty Arms Public House the railway's own pub and enjoy a meal on the terrace or next to the log fire on cooler days.

RAVENGLASS & ESKDALE RAILWAY by W.J.K. Davies New for 2000, and published to coincide with La'l Ratty's 125th anniversary, this enthralling 160 page history is packed with highly enjoyable detail. Lavishly illustrated with over 120 archive and contemporary photographs, charts and tables, Davies guarantees a delightful read for the dedicated enthusiast and all who crave the nostalgia of steam, past and present. Modestly priced at £12.95, to include UK postage and packing, copies are readily available for speedy dispatch. E-mail or telephone 01229 717171. All major credit and debit cards accepted.


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Location - Ravenglass

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