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Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Ravenglass, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)|ravenglass-railway.co.uk|
First opened in 1875, this 7-mile line from Ravenglass to Dalegarth chugs along a scenic valley, and was originally built to ferry iron ore from the mines out to the coast.
Affectionately known as La’al Ratty, the miniature trains puff up to the high point at Miterdale for spectacular views of the Scafell range.
Some of the trains are steam-powered, but others have diesel engines – so check the timetable if you’re particularly keen on steam.
Getting there & doing it
The trains travel the 7-mile route between Ravenglass and Dalesgarth. You can join from either station – follow the brown road signs. The journey takes 40 minutes each way.
When to do it
Trains runs daily March to December, and weekends in January and February. Departures are hourly from Ravenglass and Dalesgarth stations.
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