Posted 17th August 2017

Oktoberfest Rail Extravaganza To Be 'Wunderbar' For Groups

Group tour operators and coach professionals are being prompted to take a look at a brand new ‘Oktoberfest’ event from Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, which will tick the box of any narrow gauge rail enthusiast or club.


The event that promises to be absolutely ‘wunderbar’ is taking over the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway between October 21 and 29, and will comprise a feast of German locos, food and even musical entertainment at the weekends.


The Lake District railway has secured the visit of two German Krauss-built steam engines, Tazzelwurm from the Killesberg Railway in Stuttgart and Steam Engine no 1, from The Prater Liliputbahn, Vienna.


Tazzelwurm takes its name from a serpentine creature in Alpine folklore and arrived on the scene in 1950, to help replace two locos sent to Leipzig during World War 2.  Steam Engine No 1 was built in the late 1920s, as a park ‘garden train’, which were all the rage at amusement parks at the time.


Other narrow gauge locos of Germanic origin heading to Ravenglass are the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch engine The Bug.


The R&ER will also be displaying some of its own narrow gauge museum engines in the NEW Railway Museum – Synolda, Count Louis and Katie. One some days there will be mini rides with double header The Bug and Count Louis to Muncaster Mill.

“The Oktoberfest event is sure to be a huge draw not only for narrow gauge enthusiasts but ootehrs who want to enjoy a packed day out at the railway ”, says R&ER marketing manager, Lisa Braithwaite. “We shall be announcing other parts of the programme over the coming months, but already have some amazing German locos visiting us for our German extravaganza.  This gives group tour operators and coach companies something exciting and new to include within an itinerary, or run as a day trip.

“Added to this, enthusiasts will be able to see the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Preservation Society-owned ‘Train From Spain’, now called Whillan Beck, which we know has been the source of much interest within the steam world fraternity for the last few years, as the loco has undergone restoration.”

Anyone wishing to book a group into the railway for the Oktoberfest event, either for travel only, or travel plus morning coffee, snacks, hot food or afternoon tea, should contact the railway on  General information is also available at  Groups of up to 60 can be seated at either station (Ravenglass or Dalegarth) and guides and drivers are entitled to free travel or food. Group discounts apply.


Please note, although all visiting engines have been confirmed for the event, this may well change due to unforeseen circumstances.

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