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Ribble Steam Railway & Museum
The railway opened to the public in September 2005. A visit to
the site will not only give you the opportunity to travel along the
1½ mile dock and riverside line, but also access the new museum and workshop. The line itself crosses the entrance to Preston Marina
via a swing bridge, and runs alongside the River
Ribble on the site of the former sprawling docklands.
Passenger trains travel along a mile and a half of track,
from Strand Road up to the headquarters on Chain Caul Road. The museum
building is being constantly updated and improved to give visitors a
truly interactive look into the fascinating industrial railway history
of the North West of England.
Preston Docks has had a railway infrastructure since 1850, and
when the final tar trains ran in 1995, it looked like that tenancy had
come to an end. However, Steamport Southport began negotiations with
Preston Borough Council, and during 1999, the group formerly based at
the old engine shed in Southport moved to their new home on the
dockside at Preston.
For more information about the museum, please visit the Ribble Steam Railway web-site.
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