A SOUTH Cumbrian miniature railway is gearing up for its last open weekend of the summer so we are taking a look behind the scenes at how the line was developed with the help of Mail archive pictures from 20 years ago.

The privately-owned Millerbeck Light Railway is only opened to the public on a few days each year and  you can take a ride between 11am and 5pm on Sunday and Monday, August 25 and 26.

Steam,diesel and electric locomotives run on rail lines set seven-and-a-quarter inches apart which snake for a mile through meadows, woodland and across a stream in the grounds of Millerbeck House, Staveley-in-Cartmel, close to Newby Bridge.

Construction on the railway was started in 1985 by then owner Arthur Bailey and a group of friends, from 2001 the owners have been Arnold and Judith Gorse.

Locomotives regularly seen on the railway include Poppy, based on a First World War Barclay Austerity engine, Laura, Joanie and Ailsa - a replica of a 1923 Andrew Barclay well tank engine.

The railway also has Halloween spooky fun days on the weekend of November 2 to 3and Father Christmas special trips - which need advance booking - on November 29 to 30 and on December 1.

Visit millerbeck.org.uk