This narrow gauge train will be hauled up the seven-mile track to Dalegarth by both Ravenglass and Eskdale’s resident loco, River Mite, and guest visitor from the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, Hercules. The same engines will then drive the 14.30pm train from Dalegarth to Ravenglass.
This will be one of the last opportunities to see both Hercules and another visiting engine from the Bure Valley Railway - Wroxham Broad. This celebration of a summer of steam will be a fitting way to bid farewell to the two visiting engines and wish them well on their journey home.
During the autumn, Ravenglass and Eskdale’s own engines, River Irt, Northern Rock, River Mite, Douglas Ferreira and Lady Wakefield will be the powerhouses at work on the line, ensuring that visitors have fabulous steam excursions right through to the conclusion of the Santa trains in December.
The double-header service on August 23 will be quite something to behold and passengers on other services will be able to see it as their train passes the 12.50pm and 14.30pm services from Ravenglass and Dalegarth. Those at Ravenglass and Dalegarth stations will naturally have a tremendous opportunity to see the double header and take photos of the two engines.
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway’s marketing manager, Rachel Bell, says: "We shall be sad to see Hercules and Wroxham Broad leave, but will have great memories of their time with us. August 23 will be the last chance to say goodbye, so we hope families and train enthusiasts will come along and make it a real celebration."
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