Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway August 2015

After a washout on the Sunday, I postponed my visit to the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway until Monday, and I am glad I did, the weather was much warmer, and a good thing too with the open carriages that were on offer. The railway was originally built in 1875 for transport of iron ore from…

Bickington Steam Railway

Trago Mills is a large “discount retailer” with three stores, two in Cornwall and a third located near Newton Abbott in Devon.  Having never visited the Cornish outposts I can have no opinion as such about them, but a visit to the Devon branch has pretty much been an annual occurrence for me.  It is a great place to…

The Power of Lady Wakefield

  After publishing an article on the Mighty River Mite I was determined that my next blog post wouldn’t carry on about how the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is small only in scale, but I could not help myself!

The Mighty River Mite

In the late 1960’s steam power was being obliterated in the UK. The iron king that had powered the industrial revolution and changed the world was at the end of its reign. As steam locomotives were being withdrawn and scrapped, something unusual was happening. A new 2-8-2 steam engine was being built…

La’al Ratty

La’al Ratty in olde Cumbrian dialect means Little Railway and is an affectionate name of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.  It might be a little railway, but it has a very big heart and was the biggest revelation for me on my recent trip to the Lake District.  This 15in gauge railway deserves a lot…

The Lynton and Barnstaple Spell

Being a fan of the old Southern Railway, the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway has always been a line that has caught my attention in books and in the media.  The Southern Railway’s history is largely a progressive one – a tale of early electrification and suburbanisation.  The thought of this company owning and running a…