Today, the village is the home of the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, 'La'al Ratty' as it's affectionately called. I should point out here that the 'La'al' in 'La'al Ratty' isn't a nickname as many people think; we do actually talk like that, it is a word which most people around here use every single day. 'La'al' is simply our local word for small.
The narrow gauge railroad was built in 1875 by the Whitehaven Iron Mines to carry ore from Nab Gill, seven miles away, to the Furness Railroad at Ravenglass. Passenger fares helped keep the trains rolling when the mines failed in 1882. Sadly, the railroad stopped running in 1913, but it was reopened two years later as a 15-inch gauge, carrying both passengers and granite from Beckfoot quarry. In 1960 the Preservation Society purchased the railroad that now provides a scenic ride for travellers and locals alike, using either steam or diesel engines. Again harking back to childhood; this was a popular destination for our school trips, at least it was for the infants and junior age groups.