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.
Diesel Shunters Weekend
October 4th & 5th - Its the one weekend of the year when the steam engines on Preston's Ribble Steam Railway get a break and the volunteers roll out the diesel shunter fleet.
Every year the railway tries its best to present something a little bit different and this particular weekend will be an opportunity for you to ride behind the railway's diesel shunters including Ribble Rail's Sentinels on passenger trains or take a trip on a 1950's Railbus.
The Sentinel locomotives are normally only used on the Ribble Rail commercial operation hauling the bitumen tankers along the line.
The locomotives in operation this weekend will be working a special timetable which will give you a chance to travel behind each one and gives great photo opportunities on each day.
Santa Specials 2014 - Book Now!
Santa Steam Specials - BOOKINGS NOW OPEN - PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL - NO INCREASE ON PRICES THIS YEAR
Ticket Prices are £8-50 ADULT / £5 INFANT (6 months old to 23 months old) / £9 CHILD (aged 2+)
You will need to book via the Preston Visitors Office who will allocate seat numbers and train time.
All bookings are being handled by Preston Visitor Information Centre situated in the Guild Hall in Preston City Centre.
Phone 01772 253731 or pop in to book. Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 5:30pm
Book on our Santa Specials - Don't miss the train - Bookings now open.
Big, Blue and 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.
Halloween Steam Trains - Nov 1st & 2nd - Spooky goings on in the museum and all manner of ghouls and ghosties will make this a great event for all the family. Witches, Wizards, Elves & Goblins are all welcome.
There is no need to book for this event, just turn up and purchase your tickets on the day.
Railway Is Awarded Certificate of Excellence
The Ribble Steam Railway today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.
2014 Brochure Online
Download our 2014 Brochure - All the dates and directions you need for the year
Full Calendar of Operating Days
Full Events Listings
Ribble Steam Railway houses a collection of treasures, including many priceless people. Due to year on year growth, this popular Preston attraction is now looking for people with new skills to join their enthusiastic volunteer team.