Hidden away in the heart of Preston’s old Industrial Docklands, Ribble Steam Railway has 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?
Visit the Ribble Steam Railway on any weekend between May and September for steam 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 views of The City of Preston that are unique. Train Rides leave from the museum platform at 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500 and 1600 and your Day Ticket enables you to travel on as many rides as you wish on the day of your visit.
Museum Locomotive Celebrates 150 years
No. 1439 was built by the LNWR at Crewe in 1865. As LNWR No. 3042, it worked for a period in and around Liverpool Docks, being fitted with bell gear and oil fuel apparatus for this purpose.
All LNWR locomotives were painted black from 1873; for many years the goods engines were plain black, but passenger engines were given red, white and blue-grey lining, and most goods engines were similarly lined from the 1890s. Before 1873 locomotives had been green with black lines, and this seems to have been the normal livery from London & Birmingham and Grand Junction times.
New Ribble Pilot Magazine Online
Our latest edition of The Ribble Pilot - Issue 41 has been published (Easter 2015). All RSR Members receive their copies by post (3 per year). Extra copies are available in our museum shop at £2. We also have an online edition. We offer an online library of back editions and other publications...
2015 Brochure - Online & Download
NEW - Our 2015 Brochure is available for you to download or view online.
2015 - It's our 10th Birthday!
It is our 10th Anniversary of being open to the public in 2015 - a full list of our planned operations for the year are listed here. There are several loco birthdays to celebrate this year as well, lots to look forward to...
Friendly Engines Events 2015
The Ribble Steam Railway present our very own Friendly Engines on the line for three events during the year.
There is no need to pre-book for this event - just turn up and enjoy your day!!!
The first is over the May Bank Holiday Weekend, the second in July and then the third is over the August Bank Holiday Weekend.
Weekend Steam Trains (May to September)
Visit the Ribble Steam Railway on any weekend between May and September for steam 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.
Prototype Deltic - Built in Preston
The prototype Deltic arrived at RSR on 9th August 2012 and is on public view in the museum until at least October 2015. She has kindly been loaned by the NRM. The loco was built in 1955 in Preston, only about a mile from where she is now proudly displayed.