2020 Santa Special cancellation statement
With much sadness and regret the board of Peak Rail plc agreed at its last board meeting that our 2020 Santa Specials will be cancelled.
We have taken this decision after much deliberation as our highest concern is the health and safety of all those involved in staging and operating our Santa trains, as well as that of our visitors. In addition, the Government’s decision to impose an England wide lockdown until 2 December with no clear indication as to what would follow, added to the Board’s fears regarding the practicality and financial viability of the Santa Specials.
The Board was also mindful of the fact that had we gone ahead this year, Peak Rail would not have been able to offer the same high standard of entertainment and value for money that patrons of our Santa Specials have come to expect.
We appreciate that this cancellation will come as a huge disappointment and we hope that all concerned will understand our decision. Refunds for bookings already made through our online system will be processed within the next 28 days. Please bear with us.
Finally, we hope that by 2021 we are safely able to operate trains again and that we will be able to welcome you once again to the railway. Please don’t forget that our emergency funding appeal remains open. Anything that you can contribute towards this will be gratefully received and will help us come through this extremely challenging time.
On behalf of the board
APPEAL – SECURING THE FUTURE OF “STEAM THROUGH THE PEAK”
We hope that you are keeping safe and well in these exceedingly difficult life changing times. Peak Rail is seeking your urgent help in enabling our railway to prosper once again now that Covid-19 pandemic restrictions have been slightly eased.
Heritage railways have suffered as much as many other organisations as a
consequence of this unanticipated crisis and Peak Rail is no exception.
We were still recovering from the serious flooding event in November 2019 which resulted in £100,000 worth of damage to bridge 35 over the River Derwent north of Matlock. The timing of the Governments imposed lockdown in March and the subsequent need to close our railway operation came at the worst possible time, just as our 2020/21 season was getting underway. This meant that we were not able to secure any regular income from our trains, special events, driving courses, dining experiences, buffet, or shops. We estimate around £200,000 was lost for the summer and beyond completely overnight due to the cancellation of all restaurant car, steam experience and coach/group bookings.
Before we can re-open we need to ensure that finances are in place to continue to cover our overheads until our revenue is back on track and to enable us to accommodate new safe guide lines making sure that everyone – staff, volunteers and visitors alike – will be safe when visiting our railway.
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. Read more about the History of the Royal Pioneer.
There are several ways in which you can help: –
• EITHER BY DONATING ONLINE
• BACS – BACS – Peak Rail plc main account – Sort Code 089075 Account Number 70971237
• Cheque – Made payable to Peak Rail plc
• Becoming a Peak Rail Shareholder or joining our monthly Share Club. Find out more here: www.peakrail.co.uk/support/shareholders/
If you feel you can donate any amount whether large or small, it will be greatly appreciated to complete our target. Giving money is not the only way you can help, we are always looking to recruit people to volunteer on the railway and our need is now even more urgent as we plan for re-opening. If you are interested in helping please visit the Peak Rail Association Webpage to find out more, or contact us on 01629 580381 or via email.
Finally, we would like to thank you sincerely in advance for your support for our appeal and look forward to welcoming you back to Peak Rail as and when we are able to
re-open, hopefully in the near future.
Covid-19 and Lockdown Announcements
In attempt to help contain the Coronavirus outbreak Peak Rail have suspended all services until our Santa Specials in December.
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 2020 – you are assured a friendly Derbyshire Welcome.
WHAT’S ON TODAY
Mother’s Day Lunch – 22nd March
This Year, Treat Mum to Something Special
Dine in luxury whilst steaming through the Derbyshire Dales.
All available when you book on our Mothers Day Lunch served onboard in our Palatine Restaurant.
Join us for Christmas and a Special Santa Train Ride
Our 2019 Santa Special trains are now FULLY BOOKED
Christmas Lunch Dining at Peak Rail
Christmas Lunches now fully booked!