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Put on your walking boots to celebrate La’al Ratty centenary

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

[J]oin the Museum’s Curator, Peter van Zeller, on Sunday 15 July to discover fascinating stories from the history of the railway and enjoy a guided walk along the long-since closed section of the track from Dalegarth up to Boot Village.

The last train ran along this section in the summer of 1918 and the walk will take in the remains of the station and old iron ore workings, and a look at the developments taking place at Eskdale Mill, recently given large HLF grant.

The experience will include a return train journey from Ravenglass to Dalegarth with two different steam engines, Katie and River Irt, who are the only two surviving engines to have worked trains to Boot village.

The train will depart from Ravenglass at 10.45am, with plenty of opportunities for photos with stops at Irton Road and Fisherground water tank on the way. The walk is a return route of approximately 2 kilometres along the trackbed of the disused line, make sure you wear sensible footwear as the path may be uneven and wet in places, and enjoy a rare chance to walk in the footsteps of history.

David Rounce, Manager of the Museum, says: “I’m excited about celebrating the centenary with this special walk. It is a rare opportunity to go along part of the line that is no longer in use and to discover how this this amazing small railway contributed to the life of work of Britain and the local community for over 100 years. The Museum is dedicated to bringing to life the stories of the Railway to inspire visitors of all ages.”

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