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Ribble Steam Railway

Preston Category Museums & Galleries, For the Family
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The Ribble Steam Railway on Chain Caul Road, Riversway Docklands, Preston, 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 our 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 3 mile round trip. Our 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 'top and tail' service is in operation) includes a run-round by the locomotive of the day at Odeon Sidings.
The Ribble Steam Railway is run entirely by volunteers and you can visit the workshops to see behind the scene and find out about our latest projects.

Our 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.

Light refreshments are available in our tea room, Our gift shop carries a wide range of merchandise and there is ample free car parking adjacent to the entrance, including disabled parking spaces right outside the doors.

Ribble Steam has full disabled facilities with easy access to all areas. Ramped access is available to our specially adapted coach for wheelchair users and their carers.

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