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Ravenglass Railway Museum

The re-developed museum chronicles the history of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway from its inception in the 1870s to the present day with preserved locomotives and rolling stock as well as archive objects and images and interactive features for the whole family. Old Signal Box open periodically in summer. The museum tells the story of the historic Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway in Cumbria. Through artefacts from the line's history as well as brand-new displays the visitor is taken on a journey through the 'Ratty's 1875 opening as a 3ft gauge iron ore-carrying railway, its closure and subsequent resurrection in 1915 by the Bassett-Lowke model company who regauged the seven mile route to its current 15 inch. Its growing popularity as 'the smallest railway in the world', carrying tourists as well as granite from a local quarry, its sale by auction in 1960 and salvation through the efforts of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Preservation Society and the present operating company. Visitors can sit in the cab of Synolda - a 112 year old Bassett-Lowke steam engine, marvel at Katie which worked on 'La'al Ratty' after WW1, imagine driving Bunny, the railway's first petrol locomotive and holder of the line's speed record, and inspect the ungainly Quarryman, bastion of the railway's stone traffic and literally a tractor on rail-wheels. You can also dress up in period costume and pose in one of our century-old coaches, find out what your ideal railway job would be, and even learn how to drive a steam engine with a genuine sectioned locomotive boiler.


Opening Times : Daily 16 Feb-Oct & winter running days 1000-1700.
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
CA18 1SW

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01229 717 171

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