The expanded Ravenglass Railway Museum has been officially opened by Paul Atterbury, a regular expert on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow and author of numerous railway history books.
A nine-month redevelopment has doubled the previous footprint of the Lake District museum and created interactive exhibitions, allowing visitors to see how the heritage steam locomotives work.
Visitors can also travel along the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, known as ‘La’al Ratty’, from Ravenglass to Boot in the Eskdale Valley.
The museum owns more than 6,000 objects, ranging from 15-inch gauge locomotives and rolling stock through to uniforms, photographs and historic engineering items.
Peter Hensman, museum trustees chairman, said: “Over the last two years we have worked hard with professionals, volunteers and supporters to extend the museum, restore our heritage stock and create the dynamic museum we are now delighted to reveal.
“None of this would have been possible without the support and encouragement we have received from Heritage Lottery Fund and our other funders.”
A star attraction is the steam locomotive Katie (pictured) which ran at Ravenglass in 1916 and has been restored to working condition for the first time since the 1920s.
The museum will be open whenever the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is running, which is every day in the summer season.