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.
L&Y Pug 1097/1910 ‘No. 19′ (L&Y Trust)
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/