Peak Rail welcomes you in 2014 to journey back to a bygone age and experience the thrill of steam and diesel on our preserved railway, operating between Rowsley South and Matlock Platform 2 for a distance of 4 miles and open to the public throughout the year. The line forms part of the old Midland Railway’s line between Manchester Central and London St Pancras which was closed in 1968.
Our northern terminus at Rowsley South Station is situated on the site of the former LMS/BR locomotive depot. Facilities include free car parking, a large buffet providing a selection of hot and cold light refreshments, homemade cakes and excellent bacon butties, gift shop selling a wide range of Thomas models, railway books, dvd’s, memorabilia, souvenirs, and a exhibition showing the history of the building of the railway by volunteers. From May – September the picnic area will be open where children can play with large out door games (subject to the weather) and other family members can relax whilst enjoying a cup of tea or ice cream from our snack bar.
At the picturesque gothic style station at Darley Dale trains stop in both directions. Whilst you’re waiting for a train you can explore the museum which depicts the history of the former Midland Railway line.
During January and February Matlock Riverside Station will be the termination point of all trains departing from Rowsley South. This temporary platform is a short walk from the Matlock Town Centre, access to which is via the footpath alongside the river bank or by using the A6 by-pass road a short distance from Sainsbury’s store and near to the A6 roundabout.
Our southern terminus at Platform 2 Matlock Station was opened to passenger services on the 2nd July 2011 and operates alongside East Midland Trains Services whose termination point is on Platform 1. Access to this station is via the footbridge at the side of Sainsbury’s and parking is located in the local pay and display council car park next to the main Matlock Railway Station.
All trains have a buffet car, serving a range of hot and colds drinks, alcoholic beverages and a wide range of light snacks.
For people with disabilities we have a special adapted carriage which is fully accessible for wheelchair uses.
Peak Rail would love you to visit in 2014 and we can assure you, that you will receive a friendly and welcoming experience to Derbyshire.