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  years in operation
with the history being depicted in the Ravenglass Station.
The journey along its seven  mile track will take
you through one  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.
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
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.
& 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.
It is advisable to
contact Ravenglass Railway prior to your visit if there
is something specific you wish to see or any alterations
have been made to the Opening times and the attraction
Further information and details on opening
times, costs and facilities please contact or
visit web site.