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Ribble Steam Railway

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Address: Chain Caul Road | Chain Caul Road, Ashton, Preston, Lancashire, Preston PR2 2PD, England
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+44 1772 728800
10:30 - 17:00
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Sat - Sun 10:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Hidden away in the heart of Preston's old Industrial Docklands, Ribble...

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. Note ALL OUR SEASONAL OPENING TIMES & VARIATIONS ARE CLEARLY SHOWN ON OUR WEBSITE

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Great family outing

The Christmas train is a great fit young kinds, up to 8 I would say, great atmosphere, seems to be run by volunteers , good gift off santa. Think the would not be enough to do... read more

Reviewed 11 December 2016
Preston, United Kingdom
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Preston, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

The Christmas train is a great fit young kinds, up to 8 I would say, great atmosphere, seems to be run by volunteers , good gift off santa. Think the would not be enough to do apart from xmas train unless ur a real train fan

1 Thank mjr1966
Bolton, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Took my 2 1/2 year old boy today for a Santa's steam train ride. Parking is limited so get there with a bit of time. Straight in as we had previously paid tickets, up onto the platform and boarded the train. It runs up and down the line about 3 times I think over 30 minutes or so. We took... More 

1 Thank pmarr81
Southport, England, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

This is a small railway that takes you on a short trip and displays a few interesting items. The staff were lovely with a little girl who was a bit frightened

1 Thank Isobel D
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

I have been visiting this little railway line ever since they got started. I find that every member who works here a very friendly, polite & Happy. It is the only train that travels across water on a swing bridge. I highly recommend you go & visit this railway even though the journey is not a long one it well... More 

Thank peterentwistle1
Preston, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 September 2016

Went on this a couple of years ago with hubby and 3 grandsons. The driver delighted in sounding the whistle and making the kids jump. They loved it, It was a very nice journey through parts of Preston that you wouldn't normally see. The people who work there are very dedicated. There is a lovely gift shop and café. Well... More 

Thank regaljester
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

I took my 2 granddaughters to the Steam Railway in June. We just called in to see what it was like and had so much fun. The Steam Railway is run by volunteers who seem to absolutely love steam trains. They answered all your questions in detail took all the time you needed to explain things and were all very... More 

Thank Jane F
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158 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

I was lucky to spot the Steam Festival whilst staying in a hotel in Preston. How could I resist? There is a wonderful collection of steam and electric engines in the museum itself and you can walk over to the workshops and see the engines that are currently being worked upon. The treat was to watch the steam engines pulling... More 

Thank MalvolioCheshire
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016

I had been debating to visit this place for sometime and did so with my 4 year old boy. The entrance leads into a shop area where you find the counter in which you pay to gain access, this is unhelpful as when you want to pay the entry fee, your child is distracted by all the toys and other... More 

Thank kalelsdad
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32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

Visited for the Friendly Engines Bank Holiday event. Here, there are faces on the engines, and regular short steam rides up and down the line. Ribble Valley makes for excellent value for money, with all-day adult admission at £8 and £5 for children/concessions, with no additional charges. Face painting is available, and the children can enjoy pressing the buttons to... More 

Thank Gezariyah1
Hinckley, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Despite there being no steam trains on a Thursday, the diesel trip proved a great success with our grandson. There was enough for him to see and do in the museum and the fascinating chat in the workshop really helped. Praise too for the chap running the mini railway who coped so cheerfully with youngsters with insatiable appetites for free... More 

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