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Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway – 10th July 1979 (Part 1).

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    The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway opened on May 24th 1875, its main purpose being to ferry iron ore from workings near Boot to the coast at Ravenglass. Built to a gauge of 3 feet, problems soon arose relating to the iron ore and the line was declared bankrupt as early as 1877, however passenger traffic continued until the line finally closed in 1913. Unused for two years, in 1915 the miniature railway engineer WJ Bassett-Lowke acquired the line as a base for testing his little locomotives and by 1917 the track throughout was re-gauged track to 15 inches and the passenger service recommenced. Quarrying also recommenced on the line near Beckfoot and granite blocks were transported to Murthwaite, where they were crushed for use mainly as road stone and railway ballast until this ceased in 1953. The line again closed completely in 1960. The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Preservation Society. formed by enthusiasts, bought the line at auction in September 1960.

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