This doughty little Caledonian blue Tank Engine by all accounts fancied an Easter vacation in the Lakes and a breath of mountain air!
A request the team at La’al Ratty were more than happy to help with…Certainly the engines at Ravenglass are all really excited to have her in the shed with them, but she’s not going to have the rest she imagined…because as ever there are heaps of fun activities lined up at La’al Ratty this Easter.
Ratty’s Easter guest is just a little bit special; No1 ‘Wroxham Road’ is named after the capital of the Norfolk Broads, but she has a bit of a secret past…she wasn’t always a steam engine and she didn’t always have the name she has now.
In fact she used to be called ‘Tracey Jo’ and she wasn’t even a steam engine…She was originally built as a 2-6-2 by Guest Engineering in 1964, with an internal diesel engine. It wasn’t until 1992 that she was transformed and rebuilt as a steam engine and converted to a 2-6-4T by Winson Engineering.
As visitors to the railway explore the beautiful surroundings of the coastal village of Ravenglass and the stunning Eskdale Valley and they can hunt for clues along a specially created HARIBO Discovery Trail, ‘Wroxham Broad’ will be kept busy ferrying passengers up and down the line, especially as there are lots of tasty HARIBO treats up for grabs.
So you can see Ratty’s guest is going to be kept very busy on her working holiday! I wonder if she knew what she was letting herself in for when she requested a spot of mountain air this Easter?! I’m sure she will have a wonderful time though as she discovers for herself what makes the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway so special.
The staff and engines at the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway love seeing lots of smiling faces and families in the great outdoors; it’s one of their favourite things about Easter. So this Easter Weekend you and your family are invited to share their passion and excitement for the Easter holidays at their all new fun-filled Easter Events and meet No1 ‘Wroxham Broad’.