New short film highlights Santa Special trains at Preston steam railway museum

Posted on - 25th December, 2021 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, History, Preston Docks, Preston News, Riversway, Transport
The Santa Special trains at Ribble Steam Railway and Museum

A local history buff has featured the Santa Special trains at Ribble Steam Railway and Museum in a short YouTube film.


Former Preston teacher Gary Cunliffe was offered the chance to ride on the steam engine footplate, so he agreed and produced the new five-minute film.

Gary visited the workshops to understand how historic engines and locomotives are restored, particularly The Furness Railway Number 20, built in 1863.

It was part of a batch of eight locomotives constructed for the Furness Railway between 1863 and 1866 and is the oldest working standard gauge steam engine in Britain.

Read more: Looking at the history of the Ribble Steam Railway as it reopens for business

Hidden in the heart of Preston’s old industrial docklands, Ribble Steam Railway and Museum is a registered charity that has greeted visitors since 2005.

The three-mile return trip along the line, over the dock swingbridge and alongside the diverted River Ribble, is a heritage railway experience.

You can watch the film below or view on YouTube.

For more information, visit the Ribble Steam website.

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