Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway issue Letter of Support

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Peter Mills, Operations Officer Education and Training



The biggest threat to heritage railways is the sustainability of skills in the medium to long term. The Downs Light Railway initiative offers such exciting possibilities to promote Youth Involvement in the heritage railway movement through competency based skilled learning. It has the potential to become a centre for excellence in the heritage railway movement though promoting workshops, residential learning.

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The Downs Light Railway Trust is delighted to receive support from the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway and endorsement to its Centenary Development Programme.

We were delighted to welcome both Peter Mills and Steve Wood to the DLR earlier in 2020 in their capacity with the Heritage Railway Association. Both are heavily involved in the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, a delightful and picturesque 15-inch gauge railway in the Lake District. We are really pleased that the Ratty is the first of the heritage railway members to support us. We look forward to others following in due course.

Editor Notes

  1. The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is one of the oldest and longest narrow-gauge railways in England. It is known affectionately as La’al Ratty meaning “little railway“ in olde Cumbrian dialect.
  2. The railway was established in 1915 to the track gauge of 15in, transporting passengers through he Lake District National Park to Dalegarth.
  3. Peter Mills is the Operations Officer for Training and Education at the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.
  4. The Downs Light Railway Trust is a charitable trust, registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. Registration number is 513882.
  5. The Downs Light Railway Trust's Centenary Development Programme aims to increase youth engagement in heritage railways, provide greater practical learning opportunities and strengthened community involvement. The programme hopes to realise these aims from 2025 when the Downs Light Railway is 100 years old.
  6. The Downs Light Railway was started by The Downs School (Colwall), now The Downs Malvern, in the early 1920s and was formally established in 1925. At over 96 years old, it stands to be the oldest private miniature railway worldwide.
  7. The Downs Light Railway educates on average 15 children on each session. These children are aged between 7 and 18 years old. Dedicated sessions are provided to local educational establishments. General youth activities are open to all children.

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