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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
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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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Lovely family activity

This is a very friendly activity and run by great people. The children can ask all sorts of questions and who can resist a ride on a steam train. It was a great afternoon out and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
John T
Shanghai, China
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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very friendly activity and run by great people. The children can ask all sorts of questions and who can resist a ride on a steam train. It was a great afternoon out and good value for money.

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Took our granddaughter for the Santa special and we all had a fabulous experience. The parking was easy and as we boarded we were shown to our reserved seats. Of course we had the Christmas treats like mince pies and short bread - juice for the young ones and sherry for the older ones! We joined in the carols expertly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We visited at the beginning of December 2016 for the Santa Special, we arranged the visit to coincide with meeting my husbands grandparents who live in Blackburn so they could see our 18 month old as they wouldn't see him over Christmas. We travelled down from Kendal, Cumbria and were not disappointed. There were 7 of us all together (myself,... More 

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

I took my 2 grandchildren aged 3 and 20 months for "Santa's special steam train ride.we had chance to look around the museum where there is little activities for the children. A mini steam to ride on and cafe.There is plenty of car parking. When we got on the train we had been doubled booked but this was quickly resolved... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Southport, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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