Locomotive Work

at Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway

Locomotive CleaningDuring the operating season there is a requirement for up to four steam engines to operate the service. These engines take a lot of preparing to keep them to the high standard of cleanliness that passengers have come to expect. Whilst a lot of the responsibility for this falls upon the individual driver (on the Ratty a policy of drivers having their “own” engine is maintained where possible), help in this department is welcomed. Not only is there the cleaning of engines plus coaling them at the end of the day but also the shed environment has to be kept tidy, including the ash pits and shed floor. Wood for lighting up in the morning periodically needs to be stacked up to dry out. Whilst working in the shed maybe out of the public gaze it is nonetheless another essential part of helping to run the railway.