museums and attractions

Railways / Heritage Railways

Ribble Steam Railway 2020

Unlimited train rides are included on your visit
Unlimited train rides are included on your visit
Running alongside the Riverbank
Running alongside the Riverbank
Crossing the swingbridge
Crossing the swingbridge

One of the largest collections of industrial locomotives and rolling stock in the country housed in purpose built workshop and museum, complete with a running line that gives a scenic three mile return trip across the docklands and alongside the River Ribble.


  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access


Chain Caul Road Riversway Docklands Preston Lancashire PR2 2PD

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Open days

19 Feb. Sun & BHol 22 Mar-14 Jun. Sat-Sun 28 Jun-Sep. Also 28 Mar. Halloween 31 Oct-1 Nov. Santas in Dec.


By Bus: 75

By Rail: Preston / 2 miles

The railway is a family day out in the heart of Lancashire. The railway has been open to the public since September 2005. A visit to the site will not only give you the opportunity to travel along our 1½ mile dock and riverside line, but also access the newly built museum and workshop.

The line itself crosses the Preston Marina entrance via a swing bridge, and runs alongside the diverted River Ribble on the site of the former sprawling docklands.

Trains leave on the hour from the museum Platform (Preston Riverside) for the three mile round trip.
The first train of the day is at 11am and the last at 4pm, total journey time around 35 minutes.
The end of the line is adjacent to Strand Road Crossing where Ribble Rail is connected to the national network. The journey (unless a push-pull service is in operation) includes a run-round by the locomotive of the day at Odeon Sidings.

The railway is run entirely by volunteers and you can visit the workshops to see out latest projects, learn about the History of Preston Dock and follow the Mr Ribble Trail around the museum building whilst learning about Engines & Railways.
The museum building is continually being updated and improved to give visitors a truly interactive look into the fascinating industrial railway history of the North West of England.

There is ample free car parking adjacent to the Railway Centre entrance, including disabled parking spaces right outside the doors.
As always the Price includes admission to the main museum, the workshops and unlimited train rides on the day of purchase.

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