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Peak Rail receives Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

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

Permanent Way Update 16/10/20

I’d not realised that my last update had been late July. Since then much has been achieved by the P-Way team meeting up every week on a Wednesday.

At Matlock Riverside the work completed in August and September has included:

  • Replacement of 11 sleepers underneath Point 3, which leads to the Headshunt, with new ones purchased by the PRA last year. A split and partially rotted timber revealed two Toads which were relocated to a safe location nearby. This in fact was one of a couple of piles of old sleepers deliberately left to rot away at Riverside to encourage wildlife.
  • Replacement of 7 life expired sleepers in the Platform line in the three panels of track immediately before Point 3. Again new sleepers used.
  • Replacement of 8 life expired sleepers towards the far end of the Headshunt. This time using the last of the good quality second hand sleepers from the P-Way stock in Rowsley Yard.
  • Removal and replacement of two sleepers acting as support beams for the platform boards at the north end of Riverside Station. It had been noticed that the Platform surface had dipped at this point and the condition of the two support beams was highlighted as the problem.

Further work has taken place at two of the farm crossings.

  • At Statham’s Crossing the two gates, which had been removed earlier, were replaced having been repaired in the Workshop at Rowsley. For the Up side new hooks were used to hang the gate directly onto the girder acting as a post. Both gates were chained shut with new number combination padlocks. The Office and farmer were given the chosen number code.
  • At Dick Smith’s Crossing the gatepost on the Down side had to be replaced. Previous efforts to dig out the remains of the post left in the ground had failed. By removing some of the concrete collar around it and a great deal of brute force the base of the post finally lifted out in pieces. An hour well spent? The new post was firmed in with large rocks to hold it successfully in place. With holes drilled for the new hooks the gate was re-hung and chained shut.

Whilst undertaking a visual inspection of all the bridges after Lockdown I noted a concern regarding Bridge 40. This bridge has two girders between the abutments supporting longitudinal sleepers with the rail. There is support bracing between the girders. There are also three pairs of Bullhead rail either side of the track and between it, also from one abutment to the other. On top of these have been laid Crossing Timbers to cover what otherwise would be a drop into Warney Brook. The concern highlighted was the condition of the timbers in the 4ft and on the Down side walkway. All the timbers in the 4ft have been replaced and a start made on the walkway. The replacements have so far come from the ex Derbyshire Dales Narrow Gauge Railway. The timbers were once under a Point near the station. Ballast is also being reclaimed from the same location.

New timbers have been dropped off ready to replace those life expired under the Points at Rowsley.

All gauging measurements of the main line, loops and points was completed by mid August and recorded.

The team continues to work following current CV-19 regulations.

Roger Hallatt.

Unedited historic footage from The John Hilton Peak Rail Archives – Video 16/16

We have kindly been donated some photos and video footage by Mr John Hilton. In total there was 46 minutes of footage. So we’ve edited the footage into 15 films, which we are going to release over the coming weeks.

When we have released all 15 excerpts we will publish the final unedited video as produced and supplied by John.

We’d love to receive more old footage and/or photos of days and events gone by at Peak Rail that we can then share by adding it to our YouTube Channel. This we hope will help to preserve history and help us all remember days gone by.

Engine no. 29 – The John Hilton Peak Rail Archives – Video 15/16

Footage of Engine no. 29 taken at Peak Rail’s Mixed Traffic Gala held on August 11th, 2019, one of many special events held at Peak Rail during the spring and summer season.

Background to footage: We have kindly been donated some photos and video footage by Mr John Hilton. In total there was 46 minutes of footage. So we’ve edited the footage into 15 films, which we are going to release over the coming weeks.

When we have released all 15 excerpts we will publish the final unedited video as produced and supplied by John.

We’d love to receive more old footage and/or photos of days and events gone by at Peak Rail that we can then share by adding it to our YouTube Channel. This we hope will help to preserve history and help us all remember days gone by.

Engine no. 72 – The John Hilton Peak Rail Archives – Video 14/16

Footage featuring Engine no.72. Engine no.72 can be seen between March and October running between Peak Rail’s three stations in the Derbyshire Dales, Rowsley South, Darley Dale and Matlock. There’s also a Santa Special running every weekend and everyday during the Christmas holidays. There are extra trains during the February half term and special events with guest locomotives all throughout the spring and summer season.

Footage background: We have kindly been donated some photos and video footage by Mr John Hilton. In total there was 46 minutes of footage. So we’ve edited the footage into 15 films, which we are going to release over the coming weeks.

When we have released all 15 excerpts we will publish the final unedited video as produced and supplied by John.

We’d love to receive more old footage and/or photos of days and events gone by at Peak Rail that we can then share by adding it to our YouTube Channel. This we hope will help to preserve history and help us all remember days gone by.

Pete Watermans Tank Engines no. 5224 and 5553 – The John Hilton Peak Rail Archives – Video 13/16

Filmed on May 6th, 2017, a very short video featuring two tank engines owned by Pete Waterman. Engine no. 5224 and Engine no. 5553.

Background to footage: We have kindly been donated some photos and video footage by Mr John Hilton. In total there was 46 minutes of footage. So we’ve edited the footage into 15 films, which we are going to release over the coming weeks.

When we have released all 15 excerpts we will publish the final unedited video as produced and supplied by John.

We’d love to receive more old footage and/or photos of days and events gone by at Peak Rail that we can then share by adding it to our YouTube Channel. This we hope will help to preserve history and help us all remember days gone by.

Engine no. 34046 – The John Hilton Peak Rail Archives – Video 12/16

Footage of Engine no. 34046 filmed at the Peak Forester Railtour Event held at Peak Rail on March 23rd, 2014.

Background to video: We have kindly been donated some photos and video footage by Mr John Hilton. In total there was 46 minutes of footage. So we’ve edited the footage into 15 films, which we are going to release over the coming weeks.

When we have released all 15 excerpts we will publish the final unedited video as produced and supplied by John.

We’d love to receive more old footage and/or photos of days and events gone by at Peak Rail that we can then share by adding it to our YouTube Channel. This we hope will help to preserve history and help us all remember days gone by.

Engine no. 34067 – The John Hilton Peak Rail Archives – Video 11/16

Engine no. 34067 filmed at the Peak Forester Returns Event at Peak Rail April 14th, 2013.

Background to footage: We have kindly been donated some photos and video footage by Mr John Hilton. In total there was 46 minutes of footage. So we’ve edited the footage into 15 films, which we are going to release over the coming weeks.

When we have released all 15 excerpts we will publish the final unedited video as produced and supplied by John.

We’d love to receive more old footage and/or photos of days and events gone by at Peak Rail that we can then share by adding it to our YouTube Channel. This we hope will help to preserve history and help us all remember days gone by.

Engine no. 70013 – The John Hilton Peak Rail Archives – Video 10/16

Footage of Engine no. 70013 running on the Peak Rail line, part of the former line that ran between Matlock and Buxton.

Footage background: We have kindly been donated some photos and video footage by Mr John Hilton. In total there was 46 minutes of footage. So we’ve edited the footage into 15 films, which we are going to release over the coming weeks.

When we have released all 15 excerpts we will publish the final unedited video as produced and supplied by John.

We’d love to receive more old footage and/or photos of days and events gone by at Peak Rail that we can then share by adding it to our YouTube Channel. This we hope will help to preserve history and help us all remember days gone by.

Engine no. 68013 – The John Hilton Peak Rail Archives – Video 9/16

Engine no. 68013 filmed at the Peak Forester Railtour Event May 27th, 2012.

Background to footage: We have kindly been donated some photos and video footage by Mr John Hilton. In total there was 46 minutes of footage. So we’ve edited the footage into 15 films, which we are going to release over the coming weeks.

When we have released all 15 excerpts we will publish the final unedited video as produced and supplied by John.

We’d love to receive more old footage and/or photos of days and events gone by at Peak Rail that we can then share by adding it to our YouTube Channel. This we hope will help to preserve history and help us all remember days gone by.

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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 September, October, November 2021
Starts 11th September 2021

OPERATING TIMETABLE: Sept, Oct, Nov 2021   
Rowsley South Depart110012421424
Darley Dale
DOES NOT STOP IN EITHER DIRECTION
Matlock Platform 2 Arrive112113031445
Matlock Platform 2 Depart113613181500
Darley Dale
DOES NOT STOP IN EITHER DIRECTION
Rowsley South Arrive115713391521

PLEASE NOTE that ALL trains depart from either Rowsley South or Matlock Platform 2 Stations ONLY.

DARLEY DALE STATION WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL 2022.

 

Fares

TICKET TYPEALL DAY UNLIMITED TICKET PRICESINGLE JOURNEY TICKET PRICE
Adult£9.50£5.00
Senior Citizen£8.00£4.50
Children under 3 years (maximum of two per paying adult)FREEFREE
Children 3 - 15 years£4.50£2.75
Family (2 Adults and up to 3 children)£30.50£15.50
OPERATING TIMETABLE: FEB-MAR 2021 and OCT-NOV 2021    
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: APR- SEP 2021 and APR 2022     
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
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Peak Rail Operating Calendar

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.