Ribble Steam Railway, Preston

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  • This is a nice short railway just outside of Preston. There is a small museum with old rolling stock and you can go round the works. There is also a small cafe. The train goes along the side of the ri...  more »
  • At only £7 for an adult this Steam Railway is excellent value. The infrastructure is fantastic (large car park, large buildings) and the exhibits of industrial locos second to none. Yes you may argue ...  more »
  • 10/10 for everything, price of a fare, food, locomotives, staff, welcome, sitting & location. Would love to come back here again and again. Great price even for short ride in a unique setting around o...  more »
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  • A fun and friendly Father's day with an interesting array of vehicles an enjoyable train ride an interesting museum of railway memorabilia and an appreciation of the work being undertaken.I wish the society well and hope they are able to continue the good work
  • If you love steam trains or children that do then this place is a must see. Highlight is a ride on a real steam train!
  • 'The Santa Express' - below par Booked this some time ago for out 5 yr old twins thinking it would be a magical trip for them after seeing many good reviews - however, I cant honestly say that it met up to expectations. We dont have unrealistic expectations, and just ask that what we get is a fair reflection for the cost. The trip was to take around 40 mins, with entertainment on board and a mince pie & port for the adults, and cookie and juice for the little ones. The main event is of course Father Christmas coming around and giving a gift the the children. Once on the train the atmosphere was already good with the children all around in great spirits in anticipation of seeing the man himself, and for the first 10 minutes this continued to be the case, with a 2 man band playing Christmas songs and all singing along. Once they finished, Father Christmas came up, and the smiles of delight on the kids faces were brilliant! So that was the first 15 minutes. After this, there was still plenty of festive feeling, for a few minutes at least, but this is where it lost its spark sadly. The train had been rumbling along at no great pace up to then but then just stopped, we were next to a busy road junction, with a retail outlet over the road.....and there we stayed........minutes past.......and then we started to crawl backwards slowly until.........we stopped.....some more road traffic views........and then crawled forwards again..........then back...then stopped.... so it went on, to the point we thought we had broken down. it should be said that since the departure of the band, there was no music over any speakers, no toots of the stream engines whistle, no.....anything really. Our children and most of those around us had long since lost interest and were frankly bored, running up and down and annoying their parents by saying 'we're bored'! We could have been sat anywhere really doing just this, there was no particular Wow! we're on a steam train feeling, but perhaps I'm affected by the crowded commute to work and back I do each day! We were just static with no great scenery to take in, unless you have a penchant for the contemporary retail park. To be clear - the entertainment when it was there was great, father Christmas was brilliant, and the staff were lovely, this is more a case of stopping and starting and not particularly going anywhere, with kids getting bored - as they do - because there was nothing going on. For a fraction of the cost we could have gone to any number of Christmas parties within a couple of miles of home where there was much more to entertain the little ones. I think this is what was lacking after that first 10-15 minutes. So, would I recommend? Sadly for this particular experience at the price required, I wouldn't go again. I'm sure at other times of the year, they have other rides that may provide more of a steam experience. I love steam trains, as do the kids, but I would want to find one that does actually give a better sense of being on one. I understand this track is around 3 miles long so I'm not expecting The Mallard to pull in for a full run, but I'm not convinced as to how much of those 3 miles we actually saw on the day we went. Sorry I cant be more positive.
  • Great fun for the kids and family. Staff friendly
  • Very short train ride out and back with no view to speak of. The museum was good though.

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