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Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway in Cumbria is one of the oldest minimum gauge heritage railways in England. Passengers journey from Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park, to Dalegarth in the scenic valley of Eskdale, on a beautifully scenic, steam-hauled journey through seven miles of beautiful track. 

The original Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway was built with the purpose of hauling ore from local mines and opened on May 24th 1875. After locals expressed a desire for a passenger service through the valley, the line was upgraded and the first passenger train ran in November 1876. The original railway closed in April 1913 due to its poor condition and was rebuilt and reopened in 1915 as the railway we travel on today. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction for visitors to the Lake District, offering fantastic scenic views across verdant fields, undulating hills and the highest mountain range in England.

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Alan Radford
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“This trip is excellent as it combines regional and cultural experiences with trips on both preserved and main line rail travel with the latter used several times which does not seem to occur on other holidays. It also is based out of a hotel right next to Carlisle main line station which is excellent for railway enthusiasts and is also in the city of Carlisle itself which is also a bonus! An altogether good experience and I must mention the hotel staff. Their attention to us was exceptional, the meals excellent and after such a difficult time for the their trade and for their personal lives thanks to the scourge of covid, their upbeat enthusiasm had to be seen to believed. I do hope even more of these holidays are based at the same hotel to help recognise the determination and commitment of the staff. Thank you all. A final thanks to Tom the group leader. His quiet approach but very high level of availability at the key moments during the trip was very encouraging and reassuring. Thanks Tom. A good experience and well recommended. Regards to all, Alan Radford
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