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Peak Rail plc to receive £114,000 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

  • Peak Rail plc is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund 
  • This award covering the period from April to June 2021 will help enable Peak Rail plc with the costs it faces as its starts to welcome back visitors and volunteers and makes the transition towards a full re-opening.

Peak Rail plc in Derbyshire has received a grant of £114,000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.

Nearly £400 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Peak Rail in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

Peak Rail is a heritage railway, operating both nostalgic steam and diesel trains through the Derbyshire countryside from Rowsley South to Matlock Platform 2. The railway is mostly operated by a loyal and dedicated band of volunteers and is home to various railway groups who help and support the railway.

This award will help sustain the railway over the coming months until we can run at our full capacity.

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

This brings the Government’s total investment across grants, capital and repayable finance from the Culture Recovery Fund so far to more than £1.2 billion across over 5,000 individual cultural and heritage organisations and sites.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.” 

Jackie Statham, Managing Director of Peak Rail plc said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded this grant, which means we will be able to reopen the railway after a 12 month period of closure. Peak Rail is a valuable local heritage venue which attracts visitors and volunteers of all ages and this grant will enable us to continue offering those experiences as well as preserving our site for future generations. I would like to take this opportunity to thank both the Peak Railway Association and Derwent and Wye Valley Trust for their valuable input in helping us achieve this grant, together with the various groups and shareholders for their kind letters of support.”

 Ros Kerslake, CEO of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:

 “Spring is definitely here, bringing not only sunshine but that sense of optimism and hope for the future. We are all looking forward to heritage places and other visitor  attractions reopening and I am very pleased that we have been able to support DCMS in delivering this vital funding to ensure the UK’s heritage sector can rebuild and thrive, boosting local economies, creating jobs and supporting personal wellbeing.”

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said:

“The value of our heritage sites and the people who run them has been amply demonstrated, as they have provided an anchor for so many of us through the dark    days of the last year. Vital grants from the Culture Recovery Fund have helped them survive and will now help them recover, as the places we all cherish start to reopen in the months ahead.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England as well as the British Film Institute and Arts Council England


Whether it’s simply a nostalgic journey back to a bygone age or a discovery of the sights and sounds for very first time of a steam or diesel locomotive Peak Rail welcomes you to experience the thrill of our preserved railway whilst travelling through the delightful Derbyshire countryside.

The line forms part of the old Midland Railway line between Manchester Central and London St Pancras which was closed in 1968. We currently operate on approximately 4 miles between Rowsley South Station and Matlock Platform 2.

As well as our normal train journeys, there is something for everyone to enjoy, luxury dining is available on our Palatine Restaurant Car which offers Sunday Lunches, Christmas Lunches, Afternoon or Cream Teas and operates on various days during the year.

A whole host of various special events take place throughout the year perfect for all the family or enthusiast.

Why not treat yourself or a family member to one of our very popular Steam Experience driving courses.

We hope to greet you as a visitor during 2021 – you are assured a friendly Derbyshire Welcome.



Looking for something really special for Christmas Lunch this year.

Why not booking one of our Christmas Lunches on our Steam Train Specials, which run on Sundays throughout December.

This is always a popular event, booking is essential.

Find out more on our Christmas Lunch page.
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Booking is essential
Download our Christmas Lunch on a Steam Train Booking Form

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Looking for an extra special present?

Gift Vouchers Now Available Online from the Peak Rail Shop

From our Steam Experience Courses to Single Train Tickets you can now purchase gift vouchers for everything.

Drive and Fire a Steam Locomotive

  • 1 hour course for £130.00
  • 2 hour course fo £225.00

Restaurant Car

  • Sunday Lunch on the train = £30 per person
  • Afternoon Tea  on the train = £19.50
  • Cream Tea on the train = £15.50

Buy Gift Vouchers Online Here

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Donate and Help Keep Peak Rail on Track

To secure the future of the railway for generations to come the board of directors is setting a target to raise £250,000. Urgent priority of around £60,000 plus is required to complete the boiler works and other outstanding repairs on our own 0-6-0 ST “Austerity” “Royal Pioneer”, thus making us more self-sufficient and reducing overhead expenditure on locomotive hire and steaming fees.

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Back to Steam Timetable 2021

OPERATING TIMETABLE: Back to Steam 2021   
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Palatine Restaurant Car Operating Dates

The Palatine Restaurant Car ONLY operates on the coloured dates (as shown)

Steam Experience Operating Calendar


All services are currently suspended due to Coronavirus.

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Darley Dale (Arrive)1105121913331447
Darley Dale (Depart)1107122113351449
Matlock Platform 2 (Arrive)1122123613501504
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Darley Dale (Depart)1149130314171531
Rowsley South (Arrive)1154130814221536
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Darley Dale (Arrive)11051219133314471601
Darley Dale (Depart)11071221133514491603
Matlock Platform 2 (Arrive)11221236135015041618
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Darley Dale (Arrive)11471301141515291643
Darley Dale (Depart)11491303141715311645
Rowsley South (Arrive)11541308142215361651

Peak Rail Operating Calendar

In attempt to help contain the Coronavirus outbreak Peak Rail have suspended all services until further notice.

Please note Peak Rail is only open on the event dates shown.  If a date is blank then Peak Rail is closed and there will be no trains on that day.