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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.

 
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 electric 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.
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
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 Santa Specials.
 

 
Admission Charges (Normal Operating Day) 2017
 

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


Working in busy dock and harbour environments necessitated small locomotives with short wheelbases, and at the turn of the last Century, the Lancashire & Yorkshire railway at Horwich designed and built a class of locomotives affectionately known as ‘Pugs’, specifically designed to work in the dockland areas of Goole, Fleetwood, Liverpool & Salford.

No.19 is one of several Pugs sold by the LMS in the 1930's. Purchased by contractors John Mowlem in 1931 and named ‘Basset’. It was used on a contract to extend the Southampton docks, and was then re-sold to the United Glass Bottle Manufacturers in 1935, where it was renamed ‘Prince’. During it’s time working here, it worked alongside fellow RSR resident, Borrows Well Tank “The King”.
Of the many constructed, only two remain, both in the custody of the L & Y Trust. Whilst sister engine ‘No.68' (51218) has been frequently seen on various photographic exhibitions around the country, No.19 has been cosmetically overhauled for display in our museum building at Riversway. Former owners Mowlem organised a feasibility study in the mid 1990's, but the costs associated with bringing No.19 back to live steam are too excessive.

The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Trust was established in 1988 by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Preservation Society and in 1991 became a Registered Charity (registration number 1002627 in England). The Trust owns a unique collection of steam locomotives and carriages previously owned by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway.

Find out more at http://www.lyrtrust.org.uk/

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