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The Ribble Steam Railway, situated on Preston Dock are running three days of Steam & Diesel Train rides over the May Bank Holiday Weekend with fun for all the family.

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. 

Friendly Engines Fun to be had for all the youngsters, Miniature Train Rides, Free Face Painting, Faces on our Museum Engines

Day Ticket - includes entry to the Museum, Workshop and Unlimited Train Rides (& Free Parking on site)
Adults £8.00 
Children £5.00 Children under 3: Free
Concessions £5.00 
Family £23.00 (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 (Runs all three days - Saturday / Sunday / Bank Holiday Monday) - all services top and tailed Friendly Steam loco & Grumpy Diesel loco
Dept Museum Platform at 1100 / 1145 / 1230 / 1315 / 1400 / 1445 / 1530 / 1615

Disabled Access throughout the site and on train.

Cafe & Souvenir Shop.

Buffet Car / Real Ales Bar open on all trains.

A great day out whatever the weather!


















Delivered new to the Liverpool Corporation in 1928, the loco was later transferred to Lancaster Power Station in 1966, until moving to it's final place of work, Heysham Power station in 1971. The availability of high pressure steam meant that the fireless locomotive was a very efficient method of traction.

The locomotive spent a number of years on display at Southport after being delivered on long term loan in 1993, before moving with the collection to Riversway, arriving on 1st April 1999.

The loco completed a full cosmetic restoration in 2006, and is currently exhibited in the museum building. Heysham No.2 is similar to the locomotive "Duke" - which used to work at Preston Docks.

The power station sidings in Lancaster were on either side of the Lancaster Canal embankment and connected via a line under an aqueduct. Barclay 0-4-0F 1950/1928 ‘Bluebottle’ worked here (together with Barclay 0-6-0F Lancaster 1572/1917) from 1966 until closure in 1981 and then shunted flask wagons at Heysham nuclear power station until replaced by a battery electric locomotive.

John Rennie’s Lune Aqueduct carries the Lancaster Canal across the River Lune on five arches, each spanning 70' and at least 50' above the river. This significant engineering achievement cost £48,000 in 1797, almost three times its original estimate, and is still open for canal traffic having outlived the railway.
Although the Lune Aqueduct of the Lancaster Canal was built more than 40 years before the railway one of its five arches was able to accommodate the double track Wennington line. Later, Lancaster Power Station was built there and a third line under the arch served coal sidings operated by fireless locomotives until closure in 1981.

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