Ribble Steam Railway & Museum

Ribble Steam Railway & Museum Preston’s old Industrial Docklands and has been greeting visitors since 2005. Hidden away in the heart of Preston’s old Industrial Docklands, Ribble Steam Railway has itself been greeting visitors since 2005.
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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 electric 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. There is always much to explore in the “hands on” museum, complete with a fabulous indoor miniature railway for young hearts. You may be curious about the “engineering goings on” in the workshops. Watch treasured industrial engines and locomotives lovingly being restored, behind the scenes. Remember to check out the RSR shop to find that special visit memento, present, specialist publication or popular railway character memorabilia. Look out for art activities, special events, such as Steam or Diesel Galas, and exhibitions, Friendly Engines, Family Fun on our Teddy Bears Specials, Classic Car Day on Father's Day, Model Tramways weekend and our Fabulous Santa Specials.

Operating as usual

#VirtualSteamGalaPictured here is Hunslet WD194 / 1953 ‘Cumbria’ in 2015.
06/09/2020

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Pictured here is Hunslet WD194 / 1953 ‘Cumbria’ in 2015.

#VirtualSteamGalaHere we see the Bagnall 2682/192 ‘Princess’ in the museum platform back in 2015.
06/09/2020

#VirtualSteamGala

Here we see the Bagnall 2682/192 ‘Princess’ in the museum platform back in 2015.

#VirtualSteamGalaBuilt for the Ministry of Supply in 1941, Peckett 'Yorktown' class 0-4-0ST No. 2012 is one of the small...
06/09/2020

#VirtualSteamGala

Built for the Ministry of Supply in 1941, Peckett 'Yorktown' class 0-4-0ST No. 2012 is one of the smallest standard gauge steam locomotives ever built. It was named 'Teddy' after it's famous former owner Reverend E R 'Teddy' Boston. Here it is at our Steam Gala back in 2016.

#VirtualSteamGalaHere we see ex Manchester ship canal Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T - No. 32 "Gothenburg" from ELR as the Steam...
06/09/2020

#VirtualSteamGala

Here we see ex Manchester ship canal Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T - No. 32 "Gothenburg" from ELR as the Steam Gala guest in March 2018.

#VirtualSteamGalaHudswell Clarke built an 0-6-0ST, was built in 1916 used for war work at the Ministry of Munitions at G...
06/09/2020

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Hudswell Clarke built an 0-6-0ST, was built in 1916 used for war work at the Ministry of Munitions at Gretna Green. Over the next couple of decades, this engine was named ‘Mitchell’ and renamed ‘Illingworth’. In 1940, Illingworth once again carried out war duties, this time at Swynnerton and Ruddington, taking the name ‘Swynnerton’. It was consigned to scrap in 1957, however the engine survived intact spending half its life as a rusting hulk, passing through several owners but never on public display. Illingworth finally steamed again during May 2017, making its preservation debut at the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.

#VirtualSteamGalaWe're kicking off Part 2 with some of our favourite guest locomotives over the years. Here is Furness R...
06/09/2020

#VirtualSteamGala

We're kicking off Part 2 with some of our favourite guest locomotives over the years. Here is Furness Railway's No.20 in steam at our 2018 Teddy Bear Picnic special.

#VirtualSteamGalaJoin us tomorrow when we take a look at past guest Steam locomotives from Steamport to Ribble Steam.
05/09/2020

#VirtualSteamGala

Join us tomorrow when we take a look at past guest Steam locomotives from Steamport to Ribble Steam.

#VirtualSteamGalaOur passengers 'blowing off steam' taking in the views across Preston Dock and Marina. ( Historical pho...
05/09/2020

#VirtualSteamGala

Our passengers 'blowing off steam' taking in the views across Preston Dock and Marina. ( Historical photo - happy memories until we can open again)

#VirtualSteamGalaOur brilliant and reliable Linda hauling a passenger service. Which of our Steam Engines is your favour...
05/09/2020

#VirtualSteamGala

Our brilliant and reliable Linda hauling a passenger service. Which of our Steam Engines is your favourite?

#VirtualSteamGala Here we see Courageous chugging along the Preston Dock Swing Bridge. Did you know we're the only Herit...
05/09/2020

#VirtualSteamGala

Here we see Courageous chugging along the Preston Dock Swing Bridge. Did you know we're the only Heritage Railway with a swing bridge on our line?

...and we're off! This is our regular locomotive Courageous with a 'Sunshine Express' headboard back in 2016's Steam Gal...
05/09/2020

...and we're off!

This is our regular locomotive Courageous with a 'Sunshine Express' headboard back in 2016's Steam Gala.

#FootplateBreakfast Because our #Volunteer #SteamCrew get to work so early, it isn't unusual to see them frying up some ...
05/09/2020

#FootplateBreakfast

Because our #Volunteer #SteamCrew get to work so early, it isn't unusual to see them frying up some bacon for a scrumptious bacon butty - straight from the shovel!

It's always an early start for our #volunteer #SteamCrew. Did you know, we often start 'warming up' our steam engines th...
05/09/2020

It's always an early start for our #volunteer #SteamCrew.

Did you know, we often start 'warming up' our steam engines the day before we open? We gradually warm up the engines in preparation for a hard weekend's work!

Virtual Steam Gala!We're missing the sound of our steam engines chugging along our line so we thought - let's bring it o...
03/09/2020

Virtual Steam Gala!

We're missing the sound of our steam engines chugging along our line so we thought - let's bring it online!

Keep an eye out this Saturday to have a look at the highlight's of our past Autumn Steam Gala's.

We can't believe it's September already! Who can remember this brilliant photograph taken by the talented Ian Southerin?...
01/09/2020

We can't believe it's September already!

Who can remember this brilliant photograph taken by the talented Ian Southerin? It captures our fab #volunteer #steamcrew operating Grant Richie at our 2019 Autumn Steam Gala.

Did you know? When #Courageous was being overhauled, the decision was made to finish the locomotive in the guise of one ...
12/08/2020

Did you know?

When #Courageous was being overhauled, the decision was made to finish the locomotive in the guise of one of the 6 lost #Preston Bagnalls. Because of this steam-heat equipment was fitted. A boon to heritage passenger operation, steam heating apparatus was originally employed on the locomotives to heat #Geest banana vans to assist with the ripening process after the crop had been unloaded at the #dock.

#EyeSpy 👀Can you spot the #Steam #locomotive? Bonus points if you can tell us which locomotive it is in the comments!Thi...
07/08/2020

#EyeSpy 👀

Can you spot the #Steam #locomotive?

Bonus points if you can tell us which locomotive it is in the comments!

This fabulous photograph was provided by our resident #photographer and director Gary Severn.

Hello,We are planning to apply for heritage funding to better develop, and invest in our railway for our volunteers, sta...
04/08/2020
Visitor Survey - Ribble Steam Railway Covid-19

Hello,

We are planning to apply for heritage funding to better develop, and invest in our railway for our volunteers, staff, and visitors.
We aim to make the Ribble Steam Railway an even better and more relaxing, safe and fun experience indoors and outdoors.
At the same time supporting local businesses and providing a safe, enjoyable community for us all as we navigate our new world!

Together, let's preserve our fabulous industrial heritage and Lancashire stories, now and into the future.
To do this we need your help!

Could you take a few minutes to tell us what you think, so we understand what you need from us so you can visit us. And please share with your friends and family.
Thank you
Dave Watkins (Chairman RSR)

https://forms.gle/H7hauRMSxFZJrX4Q9

#FBF to last year's 'On The Buses' to celebrate Ribble 100. We held this event with Preston Museums Group and Ribble Veh...
10/07/2020

#FBF to last year's 'On The Buses' to celebrate Ribble 100.

We held this event with Preston Museums Group and Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust.

Did you have a ride on the bus around Preston's Dock or visit one of the other museums on the route?

Photographs by Cliff Ball.

09/07/2020

We hope you enjoyed our #VirtualRailwayDay yesterday!

What would you be interested in seeing next?

#VirtualRailwayDayAfter the last service, the carriages are shunted back into the workshop running shed and the locomoti...
08/07/2020

#VirtualRailwayDay

After the last service, the carriages are shunted back into the workshop running shed and the locomotive comes to rest till next time.

Photo by Gary Severn

#VirtualRailwayDay Before the trains depart, Station Master Dave and train Guard Martin discuss the order of business.Ph...
08/07/2020

#VirtualRailwayDay

Before the trains depart, Station Master Dave and train Guard Martin discuss the order of business.

Photo by Gary Severn.

#VirtualRailwayDayHawthorn Leslie No.21 'Linda' approaches Riverside station with a returning service during 2019.Photo ...
08/07/2020

#VirtualRailwayDay

Hawthorn Leslie No.21 'Linda' approaches Riverside station with a returning service during 2019.

Photo by Gary Severn.

#VirtualRailwayDayThrowback to last Summer!  With a crowded platform and the Guards whistle blown our train departs Rive...
08/07/2020

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Throwback to last Summer! With a crowded platform and the Guards whistle blown our train departs Riverside station.

Photo by Gary Severn.

#VirtualRailwayDayWe can't believe this was our last open day in 2020! The lure of steam can't be denied as the entrance...
08/07/2020

#VirtualRailwayDay

We can't believe this was our last open day in 2020!

The lure of steam can't be denied as the entrance doors are opened at the Ribble Steam Railway. ( 19th Feb 2020 )

Photo by Gary Severn.

#VirtualRailwayDayWith 'Courageous' ready, it's time to shunt the carriages from the running shed around to the platform...
08/07/2020

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With 'Courageous' ready, it's time to shunt the carriages from the running shed around to the platform.

Photo by Gary Severn.

#VirtualRailwayDayKeeping the carriages clean inside and out is another task undertaken by our dedicated volunteers and ...
08/07/2020

#VirtualRailwayDay

Keeping the carriages clean inside and out is another task undertaken by our dedicated volunteers and here we see Andy and Ben doing battle with the accumulated grime which attaches itself to our vintage MK1 Carriages.

Photo by Gary Severn

#VirtualRailwayDayMeanwhile 'Stanlow No.4' undertakes a spot of shunting so that 'Courageous' will be able to access the...
08/07/2020

#VirtualRailwayDay

Meanwhile 'Stanlow No.4' undertakes a spot of shunting so that 'Courageous' will be able to access the carriages for today's train.

Photo by Gary Severn.

#VirtualRailwayDayThe Workshop running shed is always bustling on an open day. On this occasion we see Dave oiling aroun...
08/07/2020

#VirtualRailwayDay

The Workshop running shed is always bustling on an open day. On this occasion we see Dave oiling around 'Courageous' making sure no lubrication point is overlooked.

Photo by Gary Severn.

#VirtualRailwayDayThere is a constant list of tasks to be undertaken to keep Ribble looking clean, fresh and safe for ou...
08/07/2020

#VirtualRailwayDay

There is a constant list of tasks to be undertaken to keep Ribble looking clean, fresh and safe for our visitors. These tasks are often done by our army of dedicated volunteers who normally come down to the railway day in day out to lend a hand and this gentleman will no doubt be a familiar face to many.

Dave is usually seen in his finery as our resident Station Master, but he's caught here swapping his watch and chain for a paintbrush as he adds a final coat to the litter bins in Mr Ribbles Playground last year.

Photo by Gary Severn.

#VirtualRailwayDayAfter the discharged bitumen tanks have left the docks for their return journey to the Lindsey refiner...
08/07/2020

#VirtualRailwayDay

After the discharged bitumen tanks have left the docks for their return journey to the Lindsey refinery, the Ribble Rail team get busy with positioning the loaded tankers ready for discharge.

The bitumen is kept heated in the specialist tankers to assist with the easy flow of the product during loading and unloading and we see 'Enterprise' propelling the full tankers into position.

Photo by Gary Severn

#VirtualRailwayDayNow it's time for the Colas Rail class 56's, 56302 and 56087, to depart Preston with the returning '6E...
08/07/2020

#VirtualRailwayDay

Now it's time for the Colas Rail class 56's, 56302 and 56087, to depart Preston with the returning '6E32' discharged bitumen tanks to Lindsey. This journey begins with the train crossing Strand Road and heading up the steeply inclined Ribble Branch to the West Coast mainline just to the south of Preston station.

Photo by Gary Severn.

#VirtualRailwayDayOf the 3 Sentinel locomotives delivered new to Preston's docks in 1968, 'Progress' and 'Enterprise' ar...
08/07/2020

#VirtualRailwayDay

Of the 3 Sentinel locomotives delivered new to Preston's docks in 1968, 'Progress' and 'Enterprise' are now in their 52nd year of service. However 'Energy' is a replacement for the 1968 locomotive which was previously sold by Preston Corporation before it could be purchased by Ribble Rail for continued used on the docks.

Photo by Gary Severn

#VirtualRailwayDayOnce the loaded bitumen tankers arrive at Preston docks exchange sidings on the '6M32' from Lindsey,  ...
08/07/2020

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Once the loaded bitumen tankers arrive at Preston docks exchange sidings on the '6M32' from Lindsey, Ribble Rail and its fleet of Sentinel locomotives haul the loaded tankers to the Total refinery.

Here we see Ribble Rail's Sentinel locomotive 'Progress' which was delivered new to Preston's docks in 1968 along with two sister locomotives 'Enterprise' and 'Energy'.
Photo by Gary Severn.

To kick off our #VirtualRailwayDay we'll be looking at the different aspects of Ribble Steam Railway with lots of #behin...
08/07/2020

To kick off our #VirtualRailwayDay we'll be looking at the different aspects of Ribble Steam Railway with lots of #behindthescenes that makes the railway unique in railway preservation.

Here we see 56302 and 56087 preparing to depart the exchange sidings at Preston with the '6E32' discharged tanks to Lindsey. Motive power is usually a pair of Colas Rail class 56's which were built in the UK in the late 1970's early 1980s at either Doncaster or Crewe works.
Photo by Gary Severn.

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CHAIN CAUL ROAD
Preston
PR2 2PD

ORBITAL BUS 88A/88C NETWORK RAIL VIA PRESTON STATION

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This was my first visit to Ribble Steam Railway. It is a wonderful railway. December 2014.
Photos sent to me by a fiend in NZ which were taken in 1979 at Steamport with a tram, buses and possibly a trolly bus [703] also maybe an ex Pier Railway carriage.
Found within my Grandads photography boxes, he work on Strand Road in the 1940s on the metal lathes then designing blueprints
'Courageous' on shed at the Ribble Steam Railway Preston . December 2019. Photo by Gary Severn.
A selection of footage from the Ribble from 2007 to 2018 (plus other preserved lines around the North West)
Please celebrate safely and remember those who serve their country both now and in the past.
A permanent vacancy for a foreman has arisen in our operations team. The role is to lead our small team which is responsible for moving oil trains arriving from and departing to the national rail network within the dock site. Ideally, you will have been a successful leader of a team and have operational railway experience along with a highly professional attitude and a proactive and diligent approach to your work. You will report to the Operations Director. Experience of planning and delivering permanent way maintenance and renewals would be an advantage. This role involves weekend working. A full and valid UK driving licence is required, as there is a requirement to drive company road vehicles. ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE VIA THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE WEBSITE. https://ribblesteam.org.uk/vacancies/ (closing date Thursday 15th May 2020).
Yesterday Myself David Hector, Jack Auckland and Michael Cox all volunteers from Middleton Railway, Leeds, visited your Railway. We would like to send our appreciation to your members who made us so welcome and were very helpfull and informative. Best wishes to you all for the future.
So what a week for our family...from having a car crash...having both our children Ellenore and George in hospital with chest problems...we really can’t wait for the Christmas break 💖🎄🚂 Ellenore is back to hospital now 🤞 we get to come home soon 💖 Our children got to go on our planned yearly visit on the Santa steam train that was planned for yesterday but the lovely people at Ribble railway planned for us to go today in our own carriage 💖🥰🎄 we were still able to carry on our yearly Christmas Harper family traditions 💖 there was a Christmas miracle today 🥰💕 We want to say a big Thankyou from our family to all the staff🎄happy Christmas we will be back in 2020🎄
THERE ARE ONLY 3 TICKETS LEFT!! Start of your Festive Season on one of our Santa Specials! Parents get a baileys & mince pie whilst the children get juice and a sweet treat. Our musicians are back again to get you ready for Santa and his helpers singing some Christmas carols! To book head to: www.ribblesteamtickets.co.uk
For those visiting our September Gala, we have four locos in steam each day, with the following timetable in operation : 10:45 Courageous and 272 Top & Tail 11:30 Courageous out, Brookes return. 12:15 Courageous out, 272 and Brookes double head return. 13:00 Brookes No.1 and 272 double head out, 272 and Brookes double head return. 14:00 Courageous out, Linda return. 14:45 Courageous and Brookes No.1 double head out, Linda return. 15:30 Courageous and Brookes No.1 double head out, Courageous and Linda double head return. 16:15 Brookes No. and Linda Top & Tail For those interested, all locomotives are facing Westward, except Courageous