One of the UK’s best-known heritage railway lines has welcomed passengers back today.
The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, known affectionately by locals as the La’al Ratty, reopened for the first time in more than four months today.
The attraction’s phased return will see a new private ‘events’ carriage named Ruth being added in the coming weeks.
Passengers can also extend their experience with two newly transformed ‘camping coaches’ being unveiled as quirky self-catering accommodation at Ravenglass station from mid-May.
The railway takes a seven-mile journey from Ravenglass to Dalegarth in the Eskdale Valley.
Passengers can now also order click and collect picnic boxes to enjoy en route using a newly launched app for both The Turntable at Ravenglass and Fellbites at Dalegarth.
“We are thrilled that passengers can jump onboard the railway once again,” said Rachel Bell, head of marketing and development at Lake District Estates.
“Giving people back their sense of freedom and helping them to reconnect with nature is such an important part of what the railway can offer to people as we look forward to a more positive summer.
“Of course, things may look a little bit different, but we’ve introduced plenty of added safety measures to ensure that all passengers have to worry about is enjoying the view and exploring some much-missed destinations.”
All seats are pre-bookable only and face coverings must be worn on board.