A POPULAR Lake District attraction has reopened after being closed due to a landslide.

Extreme weather at the start of the month caused a landslide caused damaged to the tracks on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.

The landslide caused almost 150 metres of damage along the heritage line.

The team at the L'al Ratty spent several days rebuilding the railway with a man with a digger, a man with a chain saw, new drains, more than 100 tonnes of ballast, new sleepers, new rail, new fixings, new fish plates and lots of human effort.

In a statement on Friday, the team at the ratty said: "After a phenomenal effort by our paid and voluntary staff, we were able to do this today. Drivers Phil and Will with Foreman David have conducted test trains to enable us to reopen tomorrow

"As Peter said when the landslide happened in the classic film The Railway Children. 'that will take a lot of sweeping up'.

"We now know what this means.

"Thank you to everyone who has helped in anyway over the past two weeks to help us restore our services."

The line is one of the oldest and longest narrow-gauge railways in England, and is known affectionately as La’al Ratty.

It was more than 100 years ago, in April, 1913, that the original 3ft line closed and in 1915 the new 15in La’al Ratty was born.

The 'Ratty' is very popular with families and tourists

Heritage steam engines transport passengers from Ravenglass, the only coastal village located in two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Lake District National Park and Frontiers of the Roman Empire Hadrian's Wall, to Dalegarth for Boot some 210ft above sea level.

Public trains will began running again at the weekend with the line now being fully re-open to the public.

Tickets can be purchased from ravenglass-railway.co.uk.