Peak Rail is a preserved railway operating timetabled steam services for tourists and visitors to the Peak District and the Derbyshire Dales.
It currently runs for a little under 4 miles between Matlock Riverside and Rowsley South. Peak Rail is operated and maintained by volunteers, who have rebuilt the section of the line between Matlock and Rowsley, which is now open to the public throughout the year.
Matlock Riverside station is a short walk from the main Matlock station where regular services from Derby terminate. From there the line passes through Darley Dale (where there is a restored station with tea room and shop) to Rowsley, mainly beside the River Derwent.
Peak Rail run regular Steam and Diesel hauled heritage passenger trains between Matlock Riverside and Rowsley. A large car park at Rowsley makes it an ideal way to beat the traffic jams to get into Matlock. They also offer an on train dining service on selected trains, and footplate experience courses, where you can get your hands on a steam engine’s controls.
The railway operates special events as well as the normal timetabled services, such as themed ‘Halloween’ and ‘Santa Specials’ for children and families, to the ‘Warring Forties’ event, with battle re-enactments of World War Two skirmishes, involving military vehicles and re-enactors on the site at Rowsley, plus Diesel Galas and local support events for music festivals, such as the jazz festival that occurred in the Whitworth park at Darley Dale in 2008.
A restaurant service, fittingly called 'The Palatine', operates on given days throughout the season, while at Darley Dale there is a museum of the line's local history.
Visit Peak Rail’s website for opening hours and any admission charges.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015