Ribble Steam Railway

We have a tendency to pander to the Robots interests when we go out nowadays and one thing he really loves is engines. Thomas the Tank style engines so this weekend we took him to The Ribble Steam Railway.

Based in Preston it’s not too far away from us and even though it seems to be in the middle of an industrial estate we found it easily.  We arrived at opening time and bought our tickets, under 3’s are free, adults are £7, so pretty reasonable.  This includes all day rides on the steam train too.

The museum has plenty of things for all the family. Loads of steam engines all lined up, you can even play with some of them.  They also have a ride on electric train to whizz up and down the museum on.  A definite must for the kids!

Blue Steam Engine with Daves Special written on

The steam engine running on our visit was called Dave’s Special which made us smile.  The staff were great and let the Robot and Dave up into the engine to look closer at the fire. Bonus points for them as this made Dave’s Day probably more than the Robots!

Daddy and Robot looking at the fire

The train ride goes along the River Ribble for a few miles and back again.  We always say it’s no fun riding a steam train because you can’t see the engine running. On this trip though you can stick your head out the window and watch the engine move from the front to the back to pull you back to the museum.

Which I caught on video for you…

We spent the next hour or so letting the Robot explore the museum. They had loads to keep him happy, not just the giant engines but a break carriage that he loved to go in and an engine to play with.

His favourite exhibit though was the train set table.  Loads of time was spent here!

Robot playing with a train set

Not only do they have the museum and the train rides they also let the public into their workshop.  This is interesting to have a wander around too because you can see the engines they are working on and see the mechanics inside of them.

We’d packed sandwiches so we had a picnic lunch but they do have a cafe on site which looked reasonable enough.

All in all the Ribble Steam Railway is a fab way for any train enthusiast of any age to spend a few hours.  Have you got any other favourite steam railways that we can add to our list of must go to sites?



  1. Oh Z & T would love it there. They love trains. I don’t think I’ve taken them to a steam railway before. Well we did go to one in minehead but it’s very small. It does sound like a nice way to spend a family day out. My two would also spend a lot of time at toy train set! #familyfun
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  2. That looks like a great day out! The Popple is big on trains, probably because we take the ‘choo-choo’ to nursery four days a week. She’s never been on or seen a stream train though – I wish there was something like this nearby! #FamilyFun

  3. My daughter is SO into trains right now, she would love this. It’s a bit too far for us though sadly. I haven’t been on a full sized steam train for ages. There is one nearish (about an hour) from us – Nene Valley Railway near Peterborough – that I keep wanting to take her too. Perhaps during the summer we’ll head over there! Thanks for sharing – looks like a fun day x #FamilyFunLinky
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  4. We used to visit The Locomotion railway museum in Shildon quite a lot when my son was younger. It’s not very big but they have lots of events on for the kids throughout the year. We always used to go when they had a car rally on as my son was car mad and loved having a look around all the cars and then the trains. It used to be free but I think they ask for a donation now. How great that the they let them get close to the engine to see the fire, that would have made my husband’s day too!
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  5. We did a Thomas and friends day out at a local steam railway a couple of years ago and the little man loved it – now he’s that bit older I think he would love it even more. #FamilyFunLinky

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