Palmerston to visit Liverpool Albert Dock in May for “Steam on the Dock 2017”

April 13th 2017

153 years ago, in a remote corner of North Wales, one of the world's earliest narrow gauge steam locomotives arrived at the Ffestiniog Railway in Porthmadog. Now that locomotive, Palmerston, is to visit Albert Dock Liverpool for their “Steam on the Dock” event, which takes place on Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 7th.

“Steam on the Dock” celebrates the industrial heritage of Albert Dock and the city’s historic working docklands. The UK’s only inner-city steam rally will feature steam-powered boats, a cavalcade of steam traction engines, traditional brewer’s dray and shire horses, and a variety of classic steam narrowboats.

Palmerston’s stay will in fact be an extended one – The locomotive will be in steam on Hartley Quay outside the Maritime Museum every day from Saturday May 6th until Sunday May 14th, giving free passenger rides along a length of track in two heritage carriages.

Clare Rawlinson, Marketing Manager, Albert Dock Liverpool, said:

“Almost 65,000 visitors attended Steam on the Dock last year – which was a massive success for Albert Dock Liverpool, particularly as it was a completely new event. It is clear that the Liverpool audience and steam community has taken Steam on the Dock to their hearts. A lot of these engines have faced the scrapyard during their lifetime, so it’s a unique opportunity to have them all here at the Dock for our visitors to see up close and looking and working like they did in their glory days.”

Chris Parry, Marketing Officer, Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, said:

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to give the people of Merseyside a taste of what our railway can offer. Hopefully the sight, sound and smell of a steam locomotive in action will be enough to persuade people to come to North Wales, enjoy a ride on the railway, and admire the glorious scenery on view.”