Ravenglass Railway Museum

This June the Ravenglass Railway Museum in the Lake District will re-open to the public after a two year re-development programme.

The new museum will be double its original size and offer a brand new experience for visitors. An official opening date will be announced soon.

What’s new?

One of the highlights of the attraction will be the steam locomotive ‘Katie’ which ran at Ravenglass in 1916 and has been restored to working condition for the first time since the 1920s.

The newly designed displays will engage groups of all ages, and exhibits will include a wide collection of locomotives spanning from the railway line’s opening in 1875 to present day.

The museum owns more than 6,000 objects such as uniforms, photographs and historic engineering artefacts. 

The new development will see these artefacts brought to life with interactive displays and exhibitions, allowing visitors to watch how the heritage steam locomotives work.

Visitors can also see models and objects which will depict the story of Eskdale Steam Railway’s (also known as ‘La’al Ratty’s) industrial past as well as the daily lives of railway workers.

Groups can also engage themselves in the museum’s games to determine whether they would have had what it takes to work at the railway.

There will also be a ‘Big Saloon’ coach which dates back to 1875. Visitors will be able to hop in the coach and imagine taking a trip during the 1870s.

More about the museum

Ravenglass Station is home to Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway, which is a seven mile railway that travels through the Eskdale Valley.

Groups travel organiser looking for a full day’s itinerary can combine a visit to the Ravenglass Railway Museum with a ride on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway (it runs every day throughout the summer season). 

For more information, visit www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk