Ravenglass railway station

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Ravenglass National Rail
Ravenglass for Eskdale
Ravenglass Railway Station.jpg
Place Ravenglass
Local authority Copeland
Coordinates 54°21′22″N 3°24′32″W / 54.356°N 3.409°W / 54.356; -3.409Coordinates: 54°21′22″N 3°24′32″W / 54.356°N 3.409°W / 54.356; -3.409
Grid reference SD085964
Station code RAV
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   16,644
2005/06 Increase 19,346
2006/07 Decrease 16,068
2007/08 Increase 27,894
2008/09 Increase 28,698
2009/10 Increase 31,760
2010/11 Increase 37,194
2011/12 Decrease 36,376
2012/13 Decrease 33,546
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Ravenglass from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Ravenglass railway station serves the village of Ravenglass in Cumbria, England. It is a stop on the scenic Cumbrian Coast Line and the terminus of the Ravenglass and Eskdale heritage railway. The two parts of the station are separated by the station's car park. Its National Rail station is operated by Northern Rail, who provide all passenger train services, whilst the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway run its own platforms and services. The mainline station was originally known as Ravenglass before being lengthened to Ravenglass for Eskdale. It was then renamed to Ravenglass on 6 May 1974.[1] When First North Western operated the station during the early part of the 21st century, it reverted to its name of Ravenglass for Eskdale until Northern Rail rebranded the station signage in 2007, losing the for Eskdale suffix once more.

National Rail station[edit]

The southbound National Rail platform

This station has two platforms, one serving trains travelling towards Barrow-in-Furness and one for trains travelling towards Carlisle. All former station buildings on the National Rail site, which is now unstaffed, are currently owned by the Eskdale Railway company, the main building being a pub, The Ratty Arms, the old southbound shelter a museum (leaving only small shelters for mainline travellers) and the goods shed an engineering workshop. Eleven trains per weekday in each direction call at the station (roughly every hour, albeit with longer gaps in the afternoon), although one northbound train terminates at Sellafield rather than running through to Carlisle. There are no passenger services at this part of the station during the evening or on Sundays. Through tickets from trains on the Cumbria Coast Line are available to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.

Ravenglass and Eskdale railway station[edit]

The La'al Ratty platforms

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, also known as La'al Ratty from Cumbrian dialect, is a heritage railway, providing journeys on a narrow-gauge railway up the scenic Eskdale valley. Ravenglass station is the line's primary station and is the base of operations, with fully equipped workshops, motive power depot, carriage shed, paint shop and signal box. For passengers, there is a museum, café, gift shop and ticket office. The station has a turntable and three platforms, however only platforms 1 and 3 see regular use.

The station opened in 1875 and has closed and reopened to passengers as the companies have. It has had many changes in layout and design, and is currently at its largest size that it has ever been


  1. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (July 1974). "Notes and News: Stations renamed by LMR". Railway Magazine (London: IPC Transport Press Ltd) 120 (879): 363. ISSN 0033-8923. 

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Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
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Heritage Railways  Heritage railways
Terminus   Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway   Muncaster Mill
Historical railways
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Furness Railway
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