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Small station inside the Lake District National Park on the scenic Cumbrian Coast Line from Carlisle to Lancaster via Barrow. The village is about 90 minutes south of Carlisle and 50 minutes north of Barrow. There is an adjacent interchange with the 15" gauge historic Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, which travels for 7 miles up the valleys of Miterdale and Eskdale to the hamlet of Boot at the foot of the Scafells, England's highest mountains. The station has two platforms (one northbound and one southbound) and these are staggered, the southbound one being to the north of the other one. The southbound can be reached from the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway car park whilst the northbound one is conveniently next to The Ratty Arms pub across the way.
There is a footbridge to the south of both platforms leading from the main part of the village across to the playing field and the miniature railway, next to the obsolete mainline signal box, which is often opened up in high summer by R&ER volunteers. The footbridge is possibly the best vantage point and you can see for almost a mile to the north, well beyond the level crossing at Saltcoats.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger services by Northern Rail are run by 156s (9 trains per weekday and 3 with a 153), 153s (3 trains per weekday and 3 with a 156) and 142s (2 trains per weekday).
Freight services are usually run by DRS 20s, 37s and occasionally 66s.
These include 6C51/6C52, the weekly Sellafield-Heysham P.S. return nuclear flask working on Thursdays, which goes south at 12:45 and north at 19:40.
6C53 (Crewe-Sellafield) runs from Tuesday-Saturday, passing north at about 09:20 during the week and at 08:50 on Saturday.
6K73 (Sellafield-Crewe) runs on Monday-Thursday and then again on Saturday, southbound at about 15:45 during the week and at 09:20 on Saturday.
The village itself is small and quiet and has a friendly atmosphere. A good deal of residents are involved with the small railway in one way or another and so any enthusiasts are welcomed. The countryside is breaktaking and a short walk can take you out onto the sands of the estuary of the Rivers Irt, Esk and Mite, each with a viaduct on the Cumbrian Coast Line, the one over the Mite being right next to the station. Eskmeals viaduct is a half hour walk over fields to the south.
From the M6, Junction 36:
Head westbound onto the A590 until you reach Greenodd. Then take the A5092 to Broughton and finally the A595 north to Ravenglass, which is at a T-junction just after passing Muncaster Castle. The village and miniature railway are well signposted from the road.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Ravenglass map co-ordinates
There is a large car park offering free parking all day (although if you plan to come on a busy weekend or Bank Holiday then arrive early!). Alternatively, the car park at the R&ER is £2 for two hours or £3 for all day. Both of these are safe places for your car to be left.
Trains serve the station frequently throughout the day from Carlisle and Barrow. Some trains come from Lancaster and Preston, but you will usually have to change at Barrow after a TransPennine Express service from Manchester.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
Ravenglass village has a lot to offer, with several pubs serving food and drink, a cafe on the "La'al Ratty" station and public toilets nearby.
There are a few Bed and Breakfasts and caravan/camp sites nearby, within five minutes walk of the station.
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From the platforms or the bridge you can get good photos of trains running in either direction with good lighting for most of the time.
Good angles are really either at the north end of the southbound platform (furthest from the ramp up from the car park) or on the signal box side of the footbridge. You can also have access to the steps of the signal box and occasionally it is opened up for viewing.
General views - All photographs © Eliot Andersen unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
From the footbridge, the 156 is in the northbound platform.
Fig 2 - Looking south
From the steps of the former BR Signal box.
Fig 3 - Looking south
From the foot bridge, with the old BR signal box in view.
Fig 4 - Looking north
From the south bound platform.
Fig 5 - Looking south
From the south bound platform to the north bound platform.
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