WE ARE NEXT OPEN ON - Half Term Railbus Service - Thu Feb 18 @10:30 to 1700
Visit the Ribble Steam Railway for heritage train rides along our line. 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.
Admission Charges (Normal Operating Day) 2016 - Day Ticket - includes entry to the Museum, Workshop and Unlimited Train Rides (Pay on the day of your visit)
Adults £7.00 / Children £4.50 Children under 3: Free / Concessions £4.50 / Family £20.00 2 Adults plus 2 Children
* Disabled visitors and their carers are charged at Concession rate
* We do not do advance bookings (except Santa Specials) - you just turn up and pay on the day
* (an additional charge may be made for certain Special Events)
2016 Gala prices / Special Events
Adults £8 - Child £5 (under 3's free) - Family £23 (2+2) - Seniors / Disabled / Carers £5
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
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Steam Gala Events - 2016
Two Steam Gala events are planned for the 2016 season when the volunteers run up to 4 steam locomotives each day. Every year the railway tries its best to present something a little bit different and these two weekends will be an opportunity for you to ride behind the railway's Industrial Steam locomotives on passenger trains and a Special Timetable is run to maximise the use of all the locomotives. There are great photographic opportunities throughout the day.
Diesel Gala Events - 2016
Two Diesel events are planned for the 2016 season when the volunteers roll out the diesel shunter fleet. Every year the railway tries its best to present something a little bit different and these two weekends will be an opportunity for you to ride behind the railway's diesel shunters on passenger trains or take a trip on a 1950's Railbus. There are great photographic opportunities throughout the day and a Special Timetable is run to maximise the use of all the locomotives.
Weekend Steam Trains (May to September)
Visit the Ribble Steam Railway on any weekend from May until the end of September 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.
Teddy Bears Special - Spring Bank Holiday Fun
Get your Teddy Bears spruced up and ready to Party!
Lots of Teddy Bears, big and small will be making their way to our Annual Special Event, held over the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend...
Are you planning to come to Preston, Lancashire in 2016. Why not include a visit to our Steam Railway and Museum. Have a train ride and look around the largest collection of industrial locomotives in the country. Learn more about what was, at one time, the biggest inland dock in England. Also a chance to see behind the scenes and see restoration work underway on both steam and diesel locomotives. Learn about how Industry used its railways to keep the wheels turning with supplies and transporting the finished goods for distribution far and wide.
Easter Weekend Specials
The Ribble Steam Railway, situated on Preston Dock are running four days of Steam Train rides over the Easter Weekend with fun for all the family.
Doors to the Museum open at 1030. Our shop, cafe and Museum will be open on your visit.
Friendly Engines - Twice A Year
The Ribble Steam Railway present our very own Friendly Engines on the line for two major events every year.
The first is over the May Bank Holiday Weekend and the second is over the August Bank Holiday Weekend with a grand Gala Party.