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‘Back in Steam’ 2021

Peak Rail is "Back in Steam"


Due to the latest Government announcement Peak Rail have decided to carry on with our ‘BACK TO STEAM’ tickets on July 31st and the 1st and 3rd of August. Tickets are available online now – follow the link below!

We are keeping ALL COVID RESTRICTIONS in place for July 31st and the 1st and 3rd of August.  Therefore  we’re offering pre-booked return journeys from Rowsley South Station ONLY with either private compartments (seating a maximum of 6 people) or social distanced open plan style coaches with covid screens and sneeze guards fitted (either tables for 2 people or tables for 4 people).

From the 7th August we will also be offering pre-booked return journeys from both Rowsley South Station and Matlock Platform 2.

To keep everyone safe we’ve made some changes so your visit will be a bit different to normal.

Please visit our ‘Back in Steam’ FAQ page to read more about what to expect on the day and see what safety measure are in place.

Note: you will NOT be able to board the train at Darley Dale.

For Sat Nav, use:
Rowsley South Station: DE4 2LF
From 7th August 2021: Matlock Platform 2: DE4 3NA

Back in Steam TIckets


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.



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.

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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.
Christmas Lunch on a Steam Train

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

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Restaurant Car Themed Evenings

Due to the ongoing covid restrictions we are postponing the opening of our Restaurant on the train serving afternoon/cream teas/themed evenings/Sunday lunches until at least the 19th July.


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.

Click here to donate to Peak Rail


Back to Steam Timetable 2021

OPERATING TIMETABLE: Back to Steam 2021   
Rowsley South (Depart)110012421424

Palatine Restaurant Car Operating Dates

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

Steam Experience Operating Calendar


Please refer to our Back in Steam page for train times

Rowsley South (Depart)1100121413281442
Darley Dale (Arrive)1105121913331447
Darley Dale (Depart)1107122113351449
Matlock Platform 2 (Arrive)1122123613501504
Matlock Platform 2 (Depart)1132124614001514
Darley Dale (Arrive)1147130114151529
Darley Dale (Depart)1149130314171531
Rowsley South (Arrive)1154130814221536
Rowsley South (Depart)11001214132814421556
Darley Dale (Arrive)11051219133314471601
Darley Dale (Depart)11071221133514491603
Matlock Platform 2 (Arrive)11221236135015041618
Matlock Platform 2 (Depart)11321246140015141628
Darley Dale (Arrive)11471301141515291643
Darley Dale (Depart)11491303141715311645
Rowsley South (Arrive)11541308142215361651

Peak Rail Operating Calendar

We will release dates as we progress – please refer to our “Back in Steam” page for more information

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.