La'al Ratty Railway Museum to re-open in Lake District

Ravenglass & Eskdale 'La'al Ratty' Railway Credit: ITV Border

The Ravenglass Railway museum will official be opened to the public on Saturday, 24 June, following nine months of re-development.

The museum has been upgraded with an "interactive museum experience", allowing visitors to see over 6,000 items on display, including 15-inch gauge locomotives and historic photographs.

Visitors can also learn how heritage steam locomotives operate, taking a turn in the driver's seat.

The steam locomotive 'Katie', which ran at Ravenglass in 1916 has been restored to working conditions, for the first time since the 1920s. Museum operators say it is set to be their star attraction.

Exhibitions will include items reflecting the life of the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, also known as the La'al Ratty, line's opening from 1875 till the present day.

Stories on the La'al Ratty's industrial past, including the daily life of its workers, will also be told.

The La'al Ratty Railway was converted in 1915 Credit: ITV Border
The La'al Ratty Railway was saved in 1960 Credit: ITV Border

The museum and the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway line will be open everyday over the summer season.

Watch Matthew Taylor's report below: