Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway 2017 app. 85 mins • Blue Ray

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Given that he has done four previous films on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, I did wonder how much more Graham Whistler could get from its 7 miles, but this really is a very nice film, helped by developments on the railway.

These include tree cutting which has opened up new vistas, the use of aerial drone footage, the arrival of a new engine from Spain, and shots of the Santa Special operations. There is also a cab ride on ‘River Mite’ which celebrates its 50th year in service in 2017.

Plus there is a good chunk on the ‘Train from Spain’, a Krauss Pacific built in 1929 which only saw a short period of service in Spain before being mothballed, and which arrived in Ravenglass in 2016; it should enter service during 2017, be named ‘Whillan Beck’ and painted in Caledonian Railway blue. It is seen being inspected and loaded in Spain for its journey to the UK, during preliminary restoration and on trial during December 2016.

A superb, interesting and enjoyable film shot against the background of the Cumbrian Fells.

Also available on DVD