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Ribble Steam Railway

Chain Caul Road | Chain Caul Road, Ashton, Preston, Lancashire, Preston PR2 2PD, England
+44 1772 728800
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A must see

At only £7 for an adult this Steam Railway is excellent value. The infrastructure is fantastic... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Steve U
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Swadlincote, United Kingdom
Enjoyed my visit to this great little railway - hidden gem

10/10 for everything, price of a fare, food, locomotives, staff, welcome, sitting & location. Would... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
oliverbromley
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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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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Chain Caul Road | Chain Caul Road, Ashton, Preston, Lancashire, Preston PR2 2PD, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At only £7 for an adult this Steam Railway is excellent value. The infrastructure is fantastic (large car park, large buildings) and the exhibits of industrial locos second to none. Yes you may argue the ride is only 3 miles long, but taken as a...More

1  Thank Steve U
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

10/10 for everything, price of a fare, food, locomotives, staff, welcome, sitting & location. Would love to come back here again and again. Great price even for short ride in a unique setting around old docks, marina's and industrial estate. Loved the mix of level...More

1  Thank oliverbromley
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had decided to visit Preston and stopped off here before heading into town. There was ample free parking and we knew the train was running because we checked the timetable enclosed in the advertising leaflet. We enjoyed looking around the museum and whiled away...More

Thank PWH2013
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

Visited on 4th June. Cafe was closed due to shortage of volunteers. Steam engine broke down in platform leading to cancellation of rides. Replacement Diesel engine also failed. You have to appreciate that this place is run by volunteers & the grounds, exhibits & platform...More

Thank KevReeves
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

Took my 3 years old son to the teddy bears picnic event. It was brilliant. He loved every moment. The train ride was just long enough for a little one. Staff were lovely too. I think it's very cheap for all you can get out...More

1  Thank Alison2468o
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Visited on a Saturday ( bank holiday). Nice welcome from the staff, we made our way to the platform and boarded the train. Lovely coaches from the great days of British railways. The train goes along the side of the river Ribble, passing the boat...More

2  Thank Allen W
Reviewed 26 May 2017

I'm old (young!) enough to remember Steamport in Southport, and this was my first visit to the new place in Preston. (I was shocked when I realised how long it had been open!). We loved the train ride, and being in the guards van (two...More

1  Thank AndreaJ70
Reviewed 1 May 2017

A very pleasant trip. While the rail journey is not as long as many heritage rail lines, probably 25 mins round trip, it's the perfect length for families with younger children. The museum however was a very pleasant find with an excellent array of engines,...More

1  Thank Malcolm P
quizmaster1957, Marketing Director at Ribble Steam Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Thankyou for your pleasant review. We note your comment regarding a need for more people around to answer questions, we are run entirely by volunteers and rely on their attendance to fill many roles. Details of Membership and Volunteering are on our website and we...More

Reviewed 16 April 2017

A great 1st train ride for my middle grandson who is nearly 3 and his 6 month old brother (not that he will remember it) the clouds coming out of the engine was a delightful comment. I enjoyed seeing all the exhibits and history they...More

1  Thank BalooPenwortham
Reviewed 2 April 2017

It was a gala weekend, not wholly sure what that meant, except the fact that it cost extra for the entrance ticket. Tickets costed £8.00 each, the train journey was shorter than expected - less than 15 mins each way, very disappointing! The museum was...More

Thank louisa d
quizmaster1957, Marketing Director at Ribble Steam Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Gala weekend means we have something special to offer the visitors. The 'extra' you mention to the cost is because on a Gala we run at least 4 locomotives to a special timetable instead of the usual one. The Steam & Diesel Galas nearly always...More

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philw81
26 May 2017|
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Response from quizmaster1957 | Property representative |
There is no charge for visitors under three years of age, thankyou for asking. All the details are of course on our website including open times, directions and much more.
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Traycie9
29 January 2016|
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Response from neilwatson54 | Reviewed this property |
Just Saturday & Sunday as during the week the line is used for the Lindsay to Preston Oil trains
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Derek T
22 September 2015|
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Response from quizmaster1957 | Property representative |
The train ride takes approximately 35 to 40 minutes. If we have one locomotive in steam, it runs around the train in the sidings to pull the train on the return. This is an hourly service starting at 11am. If we are running... More
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