Memories in Motion

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway offers private hire options to suit all special and corporate occasions. Did you know that you can hire a carriage or even charter an entire narrow gauge steam train? Whether you are searching for a unique wedding reception venue in the Lake District, or wish to book a VIP travel experience to impress a corporate group, we would be delighted to help.

Our private train charters are the perfect option for milestone celebrations. We can charter for group sizes of up to 200 and even provide personalised train headboards on request. Bespoke catering options are available in our fully licenced cafés.

To find out more about our private hire options, call us on 01229 717171.


Let us make your special day even more memorable with a private wedding train charter experience. Hire your own carriage or whole narrow gauge steam engine to transport you and your wedding party into marital life in style through the stunning Lake District scenery! 

From footplate photo opportunities to our fantastic catering options, we would be delighted to play a part in your big day. Private carriages can be decorated to match your wedding theme.

If you’re looking to organise a trip on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway in the run-up to your wedding or would like to continue the celebrations post-wedding, we offer excellent group rates and wedding breakfast options. 

The stunning backdrop of the Western Lake District mountains behind steam engine Whillan Beck


The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is the perfect celebration venue in Cumbria for parties and events. Whatever you’re celebrating, we’d love to be a part of it! 

Hiring a steam train is a truly unique way to mark a special event, whether that’s a birthday, a wedding anniversary, a retirement party, a christening, a baby shower, or anything else.

The exclusive 'Ruth' Director's Saloon at the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Corporate hospitality

We understand the integral role that corporate hospitality plays in developing beneficial business relationships with clients and staff. Our aim is to help you achieve and surpass your company aspirations with a heritage steam experience. 

The lower floor of Fellbites at Dalegarth, The Ratty Arms at Ravenglass or upper floor of the Turntable Café at Ravenglass are available to hire and suitable for meetings, conferences, ice breakers or luncheons. Each area can seat up to 60 people. There is a selection of bespoke menu options available with the flexibility to eat before or after your travel as part of your day tour if you require activity. 

Heritage steam engine River Esk arriving at Dalegarth station in the heart of the Eskdale Valley

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