Your Railway Experience
Our museum houses one of the largest collections in the country under one roof. Many locomotives and vehicles that have been restored by our dedicated volunteers on site. We’ll show the different types of locomotives and we’ll tell your their unique story’s. With interesting facts about their past lives, to where they were built and the industries that they worked in.
Moving around the museum, you can travel through history from 1865, to early 2000’s and get up close to our real life and huge locomotives. Witness the size of the tiny footplate, imagine this was shared by the driver, firemen and cleaner, all working on board many long shifts up to 12 hours!
Explore our museum permanent and temporary displays like the History of Preston Dock, Railway Signalling and Mail in the NW in our bright red Travelling Post Office carriage.
Many of our displays can easily be added to School Trips as part of the studies seeEducational Visits
The Train Ride
The three mile return trip along our line, over the dock swingbridge and alongside the diverted River Ribble is the culmination of our work on the Heritage Railway. Often the locomotive on the day will have been restored in our own workshop by volunteers.
The coaches are examples from the 1960’s and have been repainted and refurbished on site.
The train ride, albeit a fairly short one, is the culmination of hours of hard work and we hope you enjoy this part of your visit.
Please sure your arrive at your allotted entry time to fully enjoy your Ribble Experience and catch your train.
Many of the locomotives that will see in our museum have been restored on site. Our team of volunteers loving rebuild, repair and replace locomotive parts, from huge water boilers, to smoke boxes, wheels and bogeys and chassis . Our workshop facilities enable us to make new locomotive parts and restore them to their former glory.
Locomotives can be assessed to determine whether they can be returned to working order or whether they are to be made available for display in our museum building. We have exceptional facilities on site to repair and conserve our own and guest locomotives.
At the current time, due to Covid-19 restrictions we are unable let you visit our workshop. We hope to have some video soon and please speak to our volunteers on site who will be delighted to share their stories and “loco adventures”!
Our volunteer come from all different backgrounds and get trained up and shown how to use traditional crafts and specialist heritage skills. To find out more go to our volunteering page.
Mrs Ribble’s Tearoom
Mrs Ribble’s Tearoom is not open at the moment. You can get light refreshment in our shop, before and after your journey.
You can bring your own food to eat on the train or playground. Please follow our Covid-19 guidelines and take your rubbish home with you.