Visit the Ribble Steam Railway for steam train rides along our line. (Subject to availabilty) The three mile return trip includes crossing the dock swing bridge (a unique feature on our line) and then along the bank of the River Ribble, giving interesting views of the City of Preston. Train Rides leave from the museum platform on the hour at 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500 and 1600 - Your Day Ticket enables you to travel on as many rides as you wish on the day of your visit.
Hidden away in the heart of Preston’s old Industrial Docklands, Ribble Steam Railway has itself been greeting visitors since 2005. Whatever the weather, you can expect a warm and friendly welcome from Ribble Steam’s team of committed volunteers. Whether you are a keen steam enthusiast, or just simply looking for a fun and relaxed day out, Ribble Steam offers a memorable experience of Lancashire’s world famous Industrial heritage. Visit the museum discover the history of Preston docks and the story of the first electrical trains. Did you know Preston once had a key role in designing and building trains, close to docks, that were then exported all over the World?
*** During 2016, the Ribble Steam Railway will be marking the 170th Anniversary of Preston Dock Branch. The branch to Preston Docks was initially opened by the North Union in 1846 to serve Victoria Quay, later being extended to reach the rest of Preston Docks.
The railway was extended to serve the docks, yards and warehouses, and at the time of greatest activity there were one and a half miles of quays, and 28 miles of railway track.
Ribble Steam Railway knows just what keeps young minds entertained. Remember to grab your Thomas the Tank flag, before hopping aboard your steam train* for the day. Enjoy unlimited daily train rides along the 1 and a ½ mile dock and riverside line. Watch the twinkle grow in their eyes, both young and the old, as they experience the sheer delight of travelling by steam. Take time out to enjoy the journey, moving past a normally unseen part of Preston’s docklands. Travel across the Preston Marina and swing bridge. Surround yourself with the naturally relaxing landscape. Discover the wildlife and fauna that live & grow along the riverside railway.
Waiting for your next train? Take a break, at the popular Whistle Stop Café.
There is always much to explore in the “hands on” museum, complete with a fabulous indoor miniature railway for young hearts. You may be curious about the “engineering goings on” in the workshops. Watch treasured industrial engines and locomotives lovingly being restored, behind the scenes. Remember to check out the RSR shop to find that special visit memento, present, specialist publication or popular railway character memorabilia. Look out for art activities, special events and exhibitions, Friendly Engines and Season Santa Specials.
There is FREE car parking adjacent to the Railway Centre entrance. The site is on one level and is accessible for prams, pushchairs and wheelchairs including boarding the train. Ribble Steam is a fully sensory experience with sights, smells and noises to stimulate, and invigorate the senses.
* The 1950’s Diesel Railbus Service runs in the summer months and gives a panoramic view of the dock and riverside line. The unit is also available to hire for Group or School visits.
Ribble Steam Railway is a registered charity, which is steadily growing driven by the tireless effort and energy of their committed team of volunteers. For more information about visiting call 01772 728 800 – Visit http://www.facebook.com/Ribblesteam @ribblesteam
Parking (free) is available Toilets are available Disabled access is available Snacks are available Cafe is available Pushchair access is available Groups catered for Schools catered for
Ribble Steam Railway has full disabled facilities with easy access to all areas. Ramped access is available to our specially adapted coach for wheelchair users and their carers. Disabled visitors and their carers are charged at Concessionary Rates. There is ample free car parking adjacent to the entrance, including disabled parking spaces right outside the doors.
All group sizes are welcome by prior arrangement. There is a group discount of 10% available for parties of 12 - 24 people. For larger groups please enquire.
Pet dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on a short lead and supervised by the owner at all times. Please note: they are not allowed in our cafe area / Buffet Car on the train or on train seats.
Please note the following...
The railway is a working environment, so please ensure children are supervised at all times during your visit.
The company accepts no liability for any inaccuracy in the information contained on this website.
Timetable information is subject to alteration without notice.
On occasion, operational reasons may require that a diesel locomotive is used to replace the steam locomotive service.