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.
English Electric Weekend - 8th & 9th August
In 1897 Dick, Kerr & Company bought a disused factory in Preston and commenced the manufacture of trams and electric locomotives and in June 1905 this works became known as the United Electric Car Company Ltd.
The English Electric Company Limited was a British industrial manufacturer formed after the armistice at the end of 1918. It was created to make one of Britain's three principal electrical manufacturing concerns by amalgamating five businesses which, during the war, had been making munitions armaments and aeroplanes including Dick, Kerr & Company.
It initially specialised in industrial electric motors and transformers, railway locomotives and traction equipment, diesel motors and steam turbines. In the end its activities expanded to include consumer electronics, guided missiles, military aircraft and mainframe computers.
At the Ribble Steam Railway we are celebrating some of those engineering achievements over the weekend of 8th and 9th August.
The Restoration Projects Now Arriving
July 2015 has been a busy month at the Ribble Steam Railway with some of our locomotives going out on hire to other lines around the country.
Meanwhile two restoration projects have arrived on site.
One of the new arrivals previously worked only a few miles from our railway.
Ribble Steam Railway and Preston Docks
During the development of Preston into a major manufacturing Lancashire town a small dock was built on the east bank of the River Ribble together with a warehouse for the import and export of goods. In 1845 with the coming of the North Union Railway a branch line was built from the west side of Preston station down a steep curving gradient with a short tunnel to cross what is now Strand Road to serve the dock warehouse and its associated, and later other, businesses.
2015 - Our 10th Birthday Year
It is our 10th Anniversary of being open to the public in 2015 - here is a full list of our forthcoming operations for the year (subject to availability).
Weekend Steam Trains (May to September)
Visit the Ribble Steam Railway on any weekend until the end of 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.
2015 Brochure - Online & Download
Our 2015 Brochure is available for you to download or view online.
The Diesel Railbus will be operating train rides on Thursdays during Summer Holidays 2015. The unit is also available for private hire and school visits.
E79960 was built in Germany in 1958 by Waggon und Masshienenbau for British Railways and is currently in BR green livery with speed whiskers.
Please note - dates of operation are subject to change as per operational requirements. Check before travelling.