RAVENGLASS & Eskdale Railway in the Western Lake District will officially launch their exclusive steam rail experiences.

The carriages will be unveiled all three of their brand-new luxury carriages at a special ceremony on Monday, May 16.

The beautiful new carriages, Joan, Ruth, and 1st Class Saloon 140 will allow visitors to make an extra-special journey in first-class comfort across Cumbria’s west coast, as they take in the spectacular views on one of the UK’s most scenic railway routes.

Joan is a stunning Pullman Observation Carriage, made of glass for panoramic views of the dramatic western coastline and mountains, with plush bucket seats and extra headroom.

While Ruth is an elegant Directors Saloon designed to deliver special 1st class experiences for guests with traditional cream teas or Lakeland hampers. Ruth features covered outdoor balcony seating, USB speakers, fold-down tables for wheelchair access, and two private compartments with an engraved glass sliding panel allowing both sides to become one.

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The outstanding craftsmanship of the elegant new carriages are a legacy to Lord Wakefield who founded the Lake District Estates company and saved the Railway in 1960.

Joan and Ruth are named in honour of Wakefield’s eldest and youngest daughters – The Honourable Mrs Joan Raynsford and the late Honourable Mrs Ruth Adorian. Both ladies were former Company Directors for over 50 years and the late Hon. Mrs Ruth Adorian was a strong local campaigner for disability access in public spaces.

All three carriages are available to book exclusively, or visitors can choose to upgrade their seats in Joan or the 1st class saloon on the Railway’s daily services, perfect for making a day out at the beloved Railway even more magical or to celebrate special occasions and events.

Rachel Bell, Head of Marketing, Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway said: “Our new experience carriages are a fun and unique way to relive the golden era of steam travel, with beautiful heritage features and plush seating for extra comfort.

"What better way to make special memories with friends and family whilst discovering Cumbria’s brilliant West Coast!” 

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