Preston railway prepares to welcome Britain’s oldest working locomotive

Posted on - 7th February, 2012 - 9:30am | Author - | Posted in - History, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
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The FR20 will be available to ride later this month and then every Sunday in April

Britain’s oldest working locomotive will be pulling into Preston later this month for a special gala.


Ribble Steam Railways will be taking delivery of the Furness Railway Number 20 on February 9th before it makes its debut at a special event.

The Steam Gala Weekend on 18th and 19th February will give train enthusiasts a chance to ride the FR20 which was built in 1863.

The steam railway, on Preston’s docks, will be holding a number of special events during Guild year including a visit from Tornado – one of the youngest steam engines.

The railway are also involved in staging an exhibition looking at Preston’s past industry – Made in Preston.

They are currently looking for people who worked or have photos or stories from the English Electric Works on Strand Road.

Anyone who can help with the Made in Preston project should contact Jane Waring on 01254 601641 or email

More details about the Ribble Steam Railway including running times can be found on their website.

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