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Santa Special Steam Train rides

Tickets for our Santa and Steam Specials Available Now!

Booking Cancellations

Our Santa and Steam Specials are now fully booked, however we are expecting some cancellations as we move through December – we will post them here when we receive them.

We advise checking back regularly – they get re-booked quickly!

Santa wishes you a Merry Christmas and hopes that you will join him at Rowsley South Station, before boarding his magical steam train.

More information on our Peak Rail Santa and Steam Specials page

Or go straight to our Santa and Steam Specials ticket booking page.

DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF STEAM AND EXPERIENCE A GREAT DAY OUT FOR ALL THE FAMILY

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 2022 – you are assured a friendly Derbyshire Welcome.

Afternoon and Cream Teas Announcement

We are pleased to announce the opening up of our Afternoon Teas on the Palatine restaurant train.

We will be running on Saturdays from May 7th , the train will start from Rowsley South Station at 14.00 and will be steam hauled on a full round trip to Matlock and back.

For the customers that already have vouchers for this experience can you please call or email to arrange booking a seat on the train, for new customers please see our updated prices on the website along with booking details.

Please see our Afternoon and Cream Teas page for more details

WHAT’S ON TODAY

NEXT TRAINS

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

christmas lunch steam train

Arriving at Peak Rail in May 2022

Prairie Tank Locomotive no. 5553

There’s still an opportunity to catch the Ex GWR Prairie Tank Locomotive no. 5553 provided to Peak Rail courtesy of Waterman Railways Heritage Trust.

She will be appearing on the following dates:

  • 22nd May
  • 29th May

Schedule for May 2022

Saturday 14th: Loco D8 (diesel)
Sunday 15th: Loco 2648 (steam)
Saturday 21st: Loco D7659 (diesel)
Sunday 22nd: Loco 5553 (steam)
Saturday 28th: Loco D8 (diesel)
Sunday 29th: Loco 5553 (steam)

Please Note: Locos are subject to availability

Class 25 D7659

Peak D8 ‘Penyghent’

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Looking for an extra special present?

Gift Vouchers Now Available Online from the Peak Rail Shop

We have temporarily suspended the sale of Gift Vouchers for the Steam Experience Courses and Palatine Restaurant so that we can honour the gift vouchers and bookings purchased since beginning of the pandemic in 2020.

Gift vouchers are still available for carriage hire.

Restaurant Car Themed Evenings

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

NEWS

Peak Rail Appoints Additional Directors

Peak rail has welcomed Gordon Caro, Roger Hallatt, Mark Sealey and Andrew Civil as directors of Peak Rail PLC with effect from the 25th February 2022.

Mrs Jackie Statham

It is with deep sadness that we must announce the death on 10 February 2022 of our Managing Director, Mrs Jackie Statham following a short illness.

In order to respect her family’s wishes we will not be commenting further at this stage but a fuller statement will be issued in the near future.

If you would like to leave a message of condolence then you may do so here.

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.
  • This project is funded by the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. The Culture Recovery Fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England, using funds provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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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Prairie Tank (Courtesy of Wateman Railways Heritage Trust

  • Launch Weekend 2nd and 3rd April
  • 10th April
  • 17th and 18th April
  • 24th April
  • 1st and 2nd May

Class 25 D7659

  • 30th April
  • 1st May
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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

New dates and times will be available shortly

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Timetable for 2022

Due to some operational changes we are altering the way we are running for the next few months.
Please bear with us as we carry out these changes. For the foreseeable future all Service trains will run round at Matlock Riverside whilst we work on a new way of getting in and out of Matlock platform 2.
We are sorry for any inconvenience during this period and are working to get the new plan in place very soon.

OPERATING TIMETABLE    
Rowsley South (Depart)10:3012:0013:3015:00
Darley Dale (Arrive)10:4012:1013:4015:10
Darley Dale (Depart)10:4512:1513:4515:15
Matlock Riverside (Arrive)10:5512:2513:5515:25
Matlock Riverside (Depart)11:1012:4014:1015:40
Darley Dale (Arrive)11:2012:5014:2015:50
Darley Dale (Depart)11:2512:5514:2515:55
Rowsley South (Arrive)11:3513:0514:3516:05

 

 

Fares

TICKET TYPEALL DAY UNLIMITED TICKET PRICESINGLE JOURNEY TICKET PRICE
Adult£14.95£8.50
Senior Citizen£9.95£8.00
Children under 3 years (maximum of two per paying adult)FREEFREE
Children 3 - 15 years£4.95£2.95
Family (2 Adults and up to 3 children)£34.95
OPERATING TIMETABLE: April 2022    
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
OPERATING TIMETABLE    
Rowsley South (Depart)10:3012:0013:3015:00
Darley Dale (Arrive)10:4012:1013:4015:10
Darley Dale (Depart)10:4512:1513:4515:15
Matlock Riverside (Arrive)10:5512:2513:5515:25
Matlock Riverside (Depart)11:1012:4014:1015:40
Darley Dale (Arrive)11:2012:5014:2015:50
Darley Dale (Depart)11:2512:5514:2515:55
Rowsley South (Arrive)11:3513:0514:3516:05
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Peak Rail Operating Calendar

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.