Ambitious plans to transform a former Cumbrian train station - complete with its own movie star train - are steaming ahead.

"Excellent progress" is being made on plans to turn Bassenthwaite Lake Station into a cafe, along with its eye-catching counterpart, a full-size replica of a French SNCF steam train.

The train was featured in the 2017 film version of the classic tale Murder on the Orient Express, but will soon enjoy a new life as the home of a brand new cafe.

The project to convert the train and the former station into a cafe is being undertaken by Di and Simon Parums, and had been in the works throughout 2020.

Di explained that it is "likely" the cafe will be opening this summer, after "excellent progress" has been made in getting the ambitious project ready for visitors.

"The station building has its new roof for the first time in decades and is providing the central point for the remainder of the restoration to progress," she said.

The restoration has not been restricted to just the buildings, either.

The project has involved the planting of more than 2,000 new trees, hedges and shrubs, creating new habitats for birds and other wildlife.

"The plan is for a wild-flower meadow, bird hides and feeders everywhere to showcase the wide variety of species found on or near the site," Di said.

She added that the ultimate aim is to "try and create a zero-carbon business, with as little impact on the environment as possible".

With the completion of the project now in sight, Di and Simon are now engaged in sourcing local suppliers for the cafe.

She explained that the owners have "committed to being an employer and destination that showcases local ingredients and suppliers; to a fair and living wage and to encourage innovation and contribution from all employees and associates."