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“Visit with grandson in mind”

Ribble Steam Railway
Ranked #7 of 69 things to do in Preston
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 15 July 2014

It is a great place for children. My grandson,like all little boys, loves trains. We had a ride on the train and a brew when we got back. Not too big to lose children in. Will be taking Morgan there soon.

Thank Moongirl1954
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

First impressions disappoint, it appears to be a warehouse on an industrial estate on the outskirts of Preston. I wasn't expecting much. The Entrance is the gift shop, selling the usual array of toys, badges, jigsaws and souvenirs. Pleasant helpful staff will take your entry fee here.

The way in is via an unassuming red door in the corner. Its a bit like the railwayana version of the wardrobe into Narnia. You find yourself in a warehouse crammed with restored locos ranging from the huge Deltic Diesel to rare small locos, even a steam loco with no boiler. Each has an information sheet.

Outside this shed there is a station platform where you can (included in the ticket price) take a trip on a steam train down a mile or so of track which takes you into the old Preston Dock area and back again. In fact you can do this as many times as you wish included in the ticket price.

Across the car park is the workshop where more engines and carriages are being restored by enthusiasts.

It may not have a lot of track, but the Ribble Steam Railway has many more engines than your usual "Heritage Railway"

One thing I really liked was, the locos are not all made up with "Thomas the Tank Engine" faces which disfigure many a Heritage Railway.

4  Thank Chris L
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Although the train trip is only 30 minutes long the 5 children and three adults in our party had a lovely time - the café is pleasant and the service is friendly.
I'd like to be able to click three boxes (what sort of visit was this) we had 2 teens 3 young children and three foster parents in our group so it was also business (of a sort) contact!

Thank DavidKing151
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

We attended this with work, accompanying adults with learning difficulties to ride on the steam train. The member of staff selling the tickets was extremely helpful and took the time to talk to the clients not just the staff.

The price is reasonable, I can't remember how much but that would signify that it wasn't expensive enough to make my wallet shout.

The museum has some fantastic full size engines in that you can walk around and stand on. There's information available and (because I'm not) you really don't need to be a train spotter to enjoy them, they're just really interesting to look at and read over.

The journey itself isn't long, approximately half an hour in total going down one way and then back but the carriages are fun to sit on and having never sat on a steam train before it was something quite relaxingly enjoyable to do.

You won't spend all day here, probably no more than an hour and a half, but if you've never had a ride on a steam train, it's a really lovely way to spend a couple of hours for not much money.

Thank AndyH435
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

The ribble steam railway is a perfect day out for the entire family with something to offer for the young and old alike. The steam rail ride itself offers a unique insight into the railways of old and the museum is a fascinating place to explore. There is also a shop, cafe and small play area for toddlers to keep themselves amused whilst waiting for the train. I live locally and have never got bored of visiting the railway time and time again. A must for anyone visiting Preston!

Thank Lillie S
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