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Ravensglass and Ecksdale revisited

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Ravensglass and Ecksdale revisited
Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 3:59 AM

A friend of Steve Sattler sent this recent photograph:

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 9:42 AM

What a neat picture!  I wouldn't mind having a set-up like that in my back yard!

Of course, it could only go about 25 feet and then have to back up.

"Ravensglass and Eckdale."  Sounds like places in a Harry Potter novel.  But of course, steam is magical anywhere you find it!

 

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Posted by ORNHOO on Thursday, July 8, 2021 3:42 PM

I rode on the I rode on the Ravenglass and Eskdale back in 1980. I am glad to see the "La'al Ratty" ( as the locals call it ) is still running. IIRC the turntable is at Dalegarth near Boot. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravenglass_and_Eskdale_Railway

I hope Steve's friend had time while in Cumbria to also visit the Lakeside and Haverthwaite.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakeside_and_Haverthwaite_Railway

 

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Posted by 54light15 on Thursday, July 8, 2021 5:13 PM

Next time in the U.K. try this one:

https://www.rhdr.org.uk/ 

I did it a few years ago and there is an old rail car used for a coastal defense battery during the last big show. It's a serious railway and school children still use it to get to school. Fascinating as Mr. Spock would say. 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Monday, November 22, 2021 6:22 AM

Three pictures of 'Laal Ratty'.

 

'Northern Rock'  at Ravenglass Station.

 

 

'River Mite' passing at Irton Road

 

 

'Northern Rock'  on the turntable at Dalegarth Station.

 

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, November 25, 2021 2:00 AM

Thanks.  Wondweful photos.  May there always be an England!

Glad I rode it in 1962.  Also, Romney Heith (Sp) and Dimchurch

Latter not quite as  scenic.

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Posted by NorthBrit on Thursday, November 25, 2021 7:38 AM

Daveklepper.     Your picture is either 'River Irt'  or 'River Esk'.

I have travelled on the R&ER  whenever I can.   'An affair'  I started early  1960s.

The scenery is breathtaking.  imo.

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, December 2, 2021 4:11 AM

Thanks.  Then you must know that Lady Genny (or Jenny?) Greton, widow of Lord John Greton, who owned great Weatern 4-6-0 Pendennis Castle (where is it now?), managed the line for a time.

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Posted by M636C on Thursday, December 2, 2021 4:37 AM

Pendennis Castle is currently preserved at Didcot in the hands of the Great Western Society. It has been restored to working order but will be confined to Heritage Railways. It hasn't worked since returning from Australia in 1999.

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Posted by NorthBrit on Thursday, December 2, 2021 11:01 AM

Yes.  As M636C says  'Pendennis Castle' is at Didcot.

 

https://didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk/article.php/67/4079-pendennis-castle

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Saturday, December 4, 2021 1:04 PM

Thanks!

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, December 6, 2021 9:57 AM

Why is Pendennis Castle restricted to heritage-line operation only?

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Monday, December 6, 2021 10:34 AM

NorthBrit

Yes.  As M636C says  'Pendennis Castle' is at Didcot.

 

https://didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk/article.php/67/4079-pendennis-castle

 

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That's one muscular-looking Ten Wheeler!

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Posted by NorthBrit on Monday, December 6, 2021 10:57 AM

[quote user="Flintlock76" 

That's one muscular-looking Ten Wheeler!  [/quote]

 

The Great Western Railway 'Castle Class'  was (and still is)  a  powerful class of locomotives.

And that is from someone who doesn't like the GWR.  Whistling  Big Smile

 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Monday, December 6, 2021 12:26 PM

NorthBrit
And that is from someone who doesn't like the GWR.      

Very understandable.

There's plenty of American admirers of the Pennsylvania, the New York Central, the Santa Fe and the Union Pacific who'll admit grudging admiration of the magnificent steam locomotives produced by the Norfolk & Western!  Laugh

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