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 The Ribble Steam Railway, situated on Preston Dock, are open for train rides every weekend from May to September.

There is no need to book and your day ticket allows you to travel as often as you like on the three mile scenic return trip across the dock and alongside the banks of the River Ribble. 

Enjoy a close up look at our Museum Engines and visit our Workshops to see Restoration underway.

Day Ticket - includes entry to the Museum, Workshop and Unlimited Train Rides (& Free Parking on site)


Adults £7.00 
Children £4.50 Children under 3: Free
Concessions £4.50
Family £20.00 (2 Adults plus 2 Children)
* Disabled visitors and their carers are charged at Concession rate
* We do not do advance bookings - you just turn up and pay on the day

A 3 mile return trip over the dock swing bridge and alongside the River Ribble.
Timetable (Saturday / Sunday) Dept Museum Platform at 1100 / 1200 / 1300 / 1400 / 1500 / 1600

Disabled Access throughout the site and on train.

Cafe & Souvenir Shop / Buffet Car - Real Ales Bar on certain services


A great day out whatever the weather!




This small diesel mechanical shunting locomotive was built by John Fowler of Leeds in 1952. Works No. 4160001, she was the prototype of her class and is powered by a McLaren diesel engine with mechanical transmission to four outside coupled wheels.

"Persil" worked at the soap works of Joseph Crosfield & Sons at Warrington until 1971, when they presented it to Steamport. It was the first exhibit for the Southport museum, and was delivered onto track adjacent to the museum premises on 12th January 1972, before the opening of the museum.

After seeing some work in those early days, Persil fell out of use and was replaced by locomotives which were easier to manage & maintain. Various long term problems, including the condition of the locomotives tyres have restricted any attempts to bring Persil back into use. The Fowler was brought to Preston, and arrived on 20th February 1999. The locomotive has undergone a refresh of it's paintwork, being restored into its original blue livery and displayed within the museum as a good example of an early diesel shunter design.


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