PEAK RAILWAY ASSOCIATION
When British Rail closed the railway north of Matlock in 1968 it seemed that this part of the former Midland Railway’s main line between Derby and Manchester was lost forever.
However in 1975 a group of railway enthusiasts put forward proposals for the re-opening of the Matlock – Buxton railway line as a heritage and community railway offering a service for both tourists and local residents, and so the Peak Rail project was born.
The principle aim of the Peak Railway Association is to provide help, support and advice to Peak Rail plc, so as to ensure the successful implementation of its proposals to reopen the former Midland Railway line through the Peak District as an independent railway. This includes raising funds for specific projects, recruiting new members and volunteers, and helping to operate the existing railway from Matlock to Rowsley. The Association is managed by its own Board of Directors including representatives from the branches and Peak Rail plc , as well as those elected by members at an Annual General Meeting. The AGM occurs once a year and every member is entitled to attend and vote and also raise any questions they may have.
The Peak Railway Association supports its members through the production of a magazine published three times a year, free travel on normal operating days but excluding special events, purchase concessions on some items available in Peak Rail shops. In addition, local branches exist in Derby, Chesterfield and Sheffield where members meet regularly for talks and film shows on historic railway subjects.
The Peak Railway Association believe the potential of our project is enormous and with help and support we can turn it into reality.
FRIENDS OF PEAK RAIL 100 CLUB – by Colin Peskett, Trustee
A total of 301 members were eligible to take part in the Fourth Draw of 2014. The draw took place at the November meeting of Sheffield Branch at the Harlequin Pub, Nursery Street, Sheffield. Editor: The results for the Fourth Draw shown in Peak Express Issue 38 were incorrect and we apologise for this error. The correct results of the draw were as follows:
1st £225.75 (226) G D Smith, Nottingham.
2nd £90.30 (176) D Spencer, Chesterfield.
3rd £45.15 (030) T Osborne, Bedale, N. Yorks.
3rd £45.15 (160) B & Mrs M Norton, Foolow, Hope Valley.
3rd £45.15 (166) J Speed, Sheffield.
A total of 305 members were eligible to take part in the First Draw of 2015. The draw took place at the February meeting of Sheffield Branch at the Harlequin Pub, Nursery Street, Sheffield. The results of the draw were as follows:
1st £228.75 (308) E A Long, Dronfield, Nr Chesterfield..
2nd £91.50 (097) P E Fearn, Darley Dale.
3rd £45.75 (150) S G Marriott, Kettering.
3rd £45.75 (173) D Humphreys, Sheffield.
3rd £45.75 (005) A Freebre, Sheffield.
Congratulations to all our winners. The 100 Club enters its thirtieth year and there are 15 members who have been in the Club since its inception. Thank you for your support.
The 100 Club is administered by Sheffield Branch and licensed by Sheffield City Council. If you would like to join the 100 Club then contact me for an application form by either writing to me at 10 The Ridge, Sheffield, S10 4LL or phone (0114) 230 7740 and give me your address. The cost is just £1 per month, payable quarterly by standing order. If you are an existing member then you might want to increase your number of entries – just give me a call or write to me for a new mandate. If you move home please advise me, as well as the PR Membership Secretary, otherwise it causes me problems sending your prize. Don’t forget the odds are better than the National Lottery.