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Santa Trains 2015 - 6 trains per day (5,6,12,13,19,20,21 December)
Ticket Prices - £9 Adult / £5 Infant (6 months old to 23 months old) / £9.50 Child (aged 2+) 
Booking is essential for this event.

LATEST NEWS UPDATE (@26th November) 

The Santa Trains are now nearly fully booked. 



Bookings are now open via our new Ticketing Agents. 

Please Note: We do not do Telephone Bookings.
You can now view and download our 2015 Santa Trains leaflet




Create your warm magical memory with a SANTA STEAM SPECIAL experience. A perfect family get together, sprinkled with some festive fun.
Let Ribble Steam Railways Santa Specials bring extra pleasure and entertainment to your seasonal celebrations.
Join us, relax and have some fun with our friendly helpers. 
Chug-along on Santa's steam train. 
Enjoy light seasonal refreshments, snuggled up warm in your steam-heated carriage. Watch their eyes light up, young and old, as Father Christmas visits you in your seat to hand you your personal Christmas present.
Tickets include access to our festively trimmed museum. Enjoy a look around our Engines on display in the museum. 
Little ones and grown ups, can climb aboard our indoor miniature railway to enjoy a full "hoots and whistles” run along its own little line within the museum.
Visit the Whistle Stop café and treat yourselves to warming hot chocolate and some extra mouthwatering mince pies. 
Need some last minute Christmas shopping? Take a peak into our gift shop, packed with delightfully different Christmas gifts and ideas for all the family. Look out for our popular purchases like the Thomas the Tank Engine range, designed to bring a smile to all their faces.
If you need to know anything during your visit just ask a member of staff who will be only too pleased to help you have a great day.

Pre-booking your train is essential; the more popular dates tend to be the ones closest to Christmas. Please book earlyto plan your journey, and secure your seat on Santa’s Special Steam Train.
Details of each day's trains will be regularly updated via Santa's own Steam Specials Facebook page - visit now and add the page to your favourites to get the latest news included in your news feed.





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Note: When you follow the online booking link above, a new page has been added to our Santa booking system to help you understand the Santa Seating arrangements and to aid you when booking and choosing your seats together.

Please arrive around 20 - 30 minutes before the departure time of your booked train. 
If you miss your train time it will be near on impossible to move you onto another train as they are all individually booked. 
The museum and train ride are all under cover except for the platform.

There are no toilets on the actual train ride of which you are on for around 40 minutes. (Toilets are situated next to shop in the museum building) 
Prams can be left inside the museum near the platform, there is no room for prams on the train.

Should you require wheelchair access please contact us prior to making your booking.




Happy Christmas from all the volunteers on the railway.
Ribble Steam Railway - Chain Caul Rd, Preston, Lancashire PR2 2PD



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.

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