OH…VISITING WOULD BE A DREAM COME TRUE—WITH A RIDE ON THE FOOTPLATE!
There were several trips on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway because we used the stations as the starting point or end point of our walks. The hiking was the most important thing and the railway rides were secondary (honestly 🙂 ).
For those who aren’t familiar with the railway, it was originally opened as a 3 foot gauge line in 1875 to transport iron ore from the hills around Boot to the mainline station at Ravenglass. The railway struggled to make a profit and closed in 1913. It was purchased by model engineers WJ Bassett-Lowke and R Proctor-Mitchell, regauged to 15 inch (381 mm) gauge and opened as a tourist line in 1915. The railway…
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