Posted 4th April 2019
The biggest train gala of the year celebrates 478 years of birthdays at award-winning Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway in the heart of the Western Lake District from Saturday 4- Monday 6 May. With a fantastic series of special events visitors will have the chance to experience the full fleet of dinky trains, go on a short tour of the Murthwaite Crushing Plant, celebrate the centenary of Katie leaving the Railway and get on the footplate with Driver for a Fiver.
Highlights of the gala events include;
There will be six steam locomotives in operation from the home fleet (River Irt, River Esk, River Mite, Northern Rock, Whillan Beck and Katie), plus one visiting locomotive (The Bug) and two diesels (Douglas Ferreira and Lady Wakefield) and Cyril will be in action as the shunting locomotive. The two diesel locomotives celebrating significant birthdays; Perkins and Shelagh of Eskdale, are undergoing restoration so will not take part in the proceedings.
Certain specific trains will only run on particular days, as outlined below. There will be a 16mm gauge model railway on display in the Railway Museum at Ravenglass Station, and museum locos Synolda and Little Giant will be on display at the workshop entrance.
This series of events will give visitors of all ages as well has train enthusiasts plenty to get excited about and photo opportunities a plenty. Come and celebrate the timeless magic of steam and locomotion in one of the stunning landscapes in Britain.
Martin Cookman, General Manager says, ‘This is the most exciting event in the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway calendar a real treat for all ages and rail enthusiasts alike. We are delighted to have the prestigious visiting engine The Bug on loan from Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway and excited about Katie going out on her grand tour around England.’