Ribble Branch (North Union Railway and Preston Corporation Joint)






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

Over the top. DBS 60024 and 13 loaded bitumen tankers take the steep descent towards Preston Docks on 14 March. This view is from the south end ...
Mark Bartlett 14/03/2014
Breasting the top of the 1:29 incline of the Preston Dock branch 66182 emerges opposite the platforms of Preston station on 20 July 2011. The ...
Mark Bartlett 20/07/2011

66127 accelerates the 14 bitumen empties away from Strand Road level crossing towards the 1:29 incline to the main line. The thrice weekly train from ...
Mark Bartlett 11/06/2012
66167 emerges from Fishergate Tunnel straight onto the 1:29 climb back to the main line with fourteen empty bitumen tanks from Preston Dock to Lindsey ...
Mark Bartlett 16/03/2012
Looking every inch a rural branch line this is Fishergate Hill tunnel in the heart of Preston on the branch to the dock estate. Beyond the 145yd ...
Mark Bartlett 16/08/2008

After a long and circuitous run from Eastleigh, with several changes of motive power (DRS 37, 88 and 68 also used on the day), the Pathfinder Tours ...
Mark Bartlett 10/02/2018
The morning commuter traffic is briefly halted on 27 August as DBS 60010 sets off across Strand Road in Preston with the bitumen empties returning to ...
Mark Bartlett 27/08/2014
Another quality restoration from the Ribble Steam workshop. Bagnall 2680/1942 made its preservation debut at the 2014 spring gala. The loco was ...
Mark Bartlett 16/02/2014
Newly repaired at the Ribble Steam workshops and back in traffic, L&YR 'A' Class 0-6-0 No. 1300 (BR 52322) was the star of the 2012 Autumn Steam Gala. ...
Mark Bartlett 15/09/2012


56078 and 56113 wait for departure time at Strand Road on 10th April 2019, with the empty bitumen tanks for Lindsey near Immingham. ...
Mark Bartlett 10/04/2019
Discussion time at Strand Road on 5 November as 60040 The Territorial Army Centenary, newly arrived from Lindsey, is uncoupled from the loaded ...
Mark Bartlett 05/11/2014
Catch them while you can. DBS recently lost the contract for the Lindsey to Preston Dock bitumen service and so the red Super 60s that have ...
Mark Bartlett 21/11/2014
A shiny Colas Rail Class 60 waits for departure time with the bitumen empties at Strand Road sidings on 5th May 2015. The train normally runs MWF only ...
Mark Bartlett 05/05/2015

Guest Star of the 2017 Ribble Steam Autumn Diesel Gala was DRS 37424, running of course as 37558 Avro Vulcan XH558. The Type 3 operated on both ...
Mark Bartlett 30/09/2017
The Ashton Swing Bridge at Preston Dock usually just sees the industrial locos of the Ribble Steam fleet. However, DRS 37424 Avro Vulcan XH558 ...
Mark Bartlett 30/09/2017
The very distinctive control tower at Preston Dock, with a bitumen train hauled by Sentinel 4wDM Progress passing on 12th September 2016. The ...
Mark Bartlett 12/09/2016
Most sections of the Ribble Branch have open sleepers and ballast but this short length near the swing bridge is more like one would expect an ...
Mark Bartlett 12/07/2016

An operational railfreight terminal. This is the bitumen unloading siding at Preston Dock, viewed from a passing Ribble Steam Railway train. Out of ...
Mark Bartlett 06/02/2010

Grant Ritchie 272 of 1894, an 0-4-0ST once resident in the Fife coalfield, now restored from scrapyard condition to full working order by Ribble Steam ...
Bill Roberton 22/05/2017
Furness Railway 0-4-0 No.20 was withdrawn from service during 2018 but there is no period of static display for the old timer. It went straight into ...
Mark Bartlett 19/08/2018
A recent arrival at the RSR awaits its turn in the workshops. Glenfield is a 5-ton capacity Andrew Barclay (880/1902) crane tank that spent ...
Mark Bartlett 17/04/2016
During the Ribble Steam 2016 Autumn diesel gala the resident self-propelled crane performed a couple of demonstration lifts of railway axles from a ...
Mark Bartlett 01/10/2016

As part of the RSR marking the 50th Anniversary of the arrival of the Preston Dock Sentinels, resident 'Enterprise' has been repainted in original ...
Mark Bartlett 19/08/2018
The Ribble Steam Railway have marked the 50th Anniversary of the arrival of the three Rolls-Royce Sentinels on Preston Docks by repainting ...
Mark Bartlett 19/08/2018
2017 was the 60th anniversary of the closure of the Whittingham Hospital Railway in 1957. To mark the occasion the Ribble Steam Railway Museum had a ...
Mark Bartlett 10/12/2017
One of the interactive exhibits for younger visitors to the Ribble Steam Railway museum. This is The Right Signal game. The four different aspects of ...
Mark Bartlett 19/08/2018

Hunslet 0-6-0DM, D2595, one of only four surviving Class 05 shunters, is stabled opposite the Ribble Steam platform awaiting its rostered turn during ...
Mark Bartlett 07/10/2018
A bit of Christmas decoration adorns 0-6-0ST 'Courageous' as it warms the stock ahead of the first RSR Santa train of the day on 15th December 2018. ...
Mark Bartlett 15/12/2018
Probably the best looking BR diesel shunter (just a personal opinion) Class 03 D2148, coupled to Dutch Class 11 NS.663, makes its way from the ...
Mark Bartlett 07/10/2018
Class 03 D2148 emerges from the RSR yard area and crosses Lockside Road with a passenger train during the 2018 Autumn Diesel Gala. ...
Mark Bartlett 07/10/2018