Steam train and locomotive rides in Derbyshire

‘Back in Steam’

‘Back in Steam’ on the 5th June 2021

We are delighted to announce our reopening on the 5th June 2021. Tickets are available online now – follow the link below!

As part of a phased reopening, we’re offering pre-booked return journeys from Rowsley South Station ONLY using either private compartments (seating 1 – 6 people) or social distanced open plan style coaches with covid screens fitted (seating 1 – 4 people).

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 or Matlock.

For Sat Nav, use: Rowsley South Station: DE4 2LF

On the Day

Return journeys will depart from Rowsley South Station and will include a break at Matlock Platform 2 where you can stretch your legs and pose for photographs next to the engines. (All trains will be top and tailed with a Steam Engine on the South end and Diesel Locomotive on the North end of the coaching stock. Passengers may not leave the platform at Matlock Platform 2. (Darley Dale and Matlock Riverside Stations will be closed to passenger unless in an emergency)

What you need to know

Dates and times

From the 5th June, we will be running a steam/diesel hauled service using a mixture of compartment stock and socially distanced open coach stock in line with Government guidance. Dates will be issued on a fortnightly rolling basis, with an altered timetable to accommodate cleaning regimes between train services. All trains will depart therefore from Rowsley South Station only at 11.00, 12.42 and 14.24.

Return trip compartment and open coach prices

The following temporary ticketing arrangements are in place and replace all of our other tickets during this period. Compartment seating a maximum of 6 people £36.00 per compartment or Open Coach seating with table and covid screens fitted for a maximum of 4 people £24.00

Purchasing your ticket

Tickets must be booked online in advance. Please see our FAQ page for carer’s tickets and tickets for passengers travelling in a wheelchair.

Notice to Peak Rail plc Shareholders, Peak Railway Association members, Local Residents and Heritage Railway Association ticket holders

As we have priced our tickets per compartment/table rather than per person, offering further discounts/free travel makes it very complicated for our booking system to process. We are however looking at how we can offer discounts to our shareholders, members and other supporters.

And finally

We request that if you or any member of your party is unwell with any COVID-19 symptoms that you do not attend Peak Rail and follow government guidelines pertaining to public health. If you are not able to attend and are aware in advance, please email info.peakrail@gmail.com

Back in Steam TIckets

FAQs - Tickets & Pre-Booking

All trains depart from Rowsley South ONLY and run to Matlock Platform 2 (return journey). The journey will last approximately 1 hour Departure times are 11.00, 12.42 and 14.24 and tickets must be booked in advance.

You will not be able to board the train at Darley Dale or Matlock.

For Sat Nav, use: Rowsley South Station: DE4 2LF

For Sat Nav, use: Rowsley South Station: DE4 2LF

The capacity for each compartment is a maximum of 6 passengers. The capacity for each open coach seat is a maximum of 4 passengers.

Tickets must be booked online in advance. If you are unable to book online you can also book via telephone, however a £3.50 booking fee will apply.

Carers’ tickets and tickets for passengers travelling in a wheelchair can only be made over the phone. The phone booking fee will not apply for people booking carer or wheelchair tickets.

Phone bookings can be made on 07340 583317 between 10.00 – 16.00 Monday to Friday.

We’ll send your booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to make sure you receive this. If your email isn’t received, please check your Spam Mailbox before contacting us. Before you arrive please have your booking confirmation ready to show our staff either on your phone or a printed copy.

Yes you can, unfortunately full ticket prices will apply. As we have priced our tickets per compartment/table rather than per person, offering further discounts/free travel makes it very complicated for our booking system to process. We are however looking at how we can offer discounts to our shareholders, members and other supporters.

A maximum of two dogs are welcome to travel with you in the coaches FREE of CHARGE. Please keep dogs off the carriage seats and on a lead when not on board.

Passengers who are only able to visit us with the assistance of a carer may claim a free carer’s ticket for their carer provided they purchase a full priced ticket for themselves. Those visitors who need to remain in their wheelchair for the journey can also claim a free ticket for one companion. Please call 07340 583317 for full details and to book your ticket. These tickets cannot be booked online.

Due to the historic nature of the carriages, we are unable to lift wheelchairs into the compartments. Space for passengers who are unable to transfer from wheelchairs will be available in the Brake Coach. In this space we can accommodate one party of two people travelling with wheelchairs on each train, with maximum of one wheelchair per party.

Unfortunately using already purchased gift vouchers for normal train travel makes it very complicated for our booking system to process. We are however looking at how we can accept these vouchers later in the year.

Tickets are non-refundable however the date may be amended prior to the booked date of travel, subject to availability, and will incur an amendment fee of £3.50. You will need to email bookings at info.peakrail@gmail.com or call 07340 583317 to amend your booking.

If you need to contact us urgently, please call us on 07340 583317 (Monday to Friday, 10.00 – 16.00) or email info.peakrail@gmail.com. Please bear with us during busy times.

 

If your query is about an existing booking, please email info.peakrail@gmail.com or call 07340 583317.

FAQs - On the Day

Round trips will take about 60 minutes boarding at Rowsley South Station. There’ll be time to take photos, or visit the shop and buffet at Rowsley.

Upon arrival at Rowsley South Station please proceed to the south end of the car park.

Station toilets will be available at Rowsley South Station. Toilets will be cleaned at regular intervals. Due to the layout of the carriages, there are no toilets onboard the train.

Our usual buffet will be open with limited inside seating capacity. Waitress service will be in operation. Refreshments include, prepared sandwiches, hot and cold drinks and snacks.

The shop will be open where there is a good selection of gifts and books to purchase and we ask that you pay by contactless card where possible.

 

No. Trains will not be stopping at the station in either direction.

Space is limited on the trains and we recommend leaving prams/pushchairs in the car where possible. We’ll do our best to help if this isn’t a suitable option.

Where possible we’ll do our best to assist anyone with additional needs. Due to the historic nature of the carriages, we’re unable to lift wheelchairs into the compartments. Space for passengers who are unable to transfer from wheelchairs will be available in the Brake Van, please call for further information or to book this space.

If you need any help on the day please let one of our trained staff know and we’ll do our best to help while ensuring that social distancing measures are adhered to.

 

Call 07340 583317

Due to the track and trace system and the need to comply plus limited capacity, we are unable to offer on the day changes to your ticket. Therefore, we will be unable to offer you a ticket transfer for the same day. Please Telephone: 07340583317

Please always observe social distancing, we are operating a one-way system. We encourage frequent hand washing, and therefore hand sanitizer stations are available on the platform, in toilets and on the train.

The safety of our passengers and staff is our main priority. On arrival at Rowsley South Station please have your receipt printed and ready for inspection at the covered entrance at the south end of Rowsley South Station. You will be greeted by our friendly team members who will offer you hand sanitizer and check tickets. Our carriage stewards will be available to assist you with boarding and seat allocation.

 

Please always observe social distancing, a one way system will be clearly marked out on the platform and in the buildings. We encourage frequent hand washing, and therefore hand sanitizer stations are available on the platform, buffet, shop, toilets and on the train.

We request that all adults follow government guidelines pertaining to face coverings at all times on the station. A face covering should to be worn in any indoor public building, including the Rowsley Shop and Buffet, unless you are exempt as per government guidelines. Please bring a face cover to wear where required.

If you are wearing a face mask, you are permitted to remove it to eat or drink and we kindly request that you put your face covering back in place once you have finished.

Trains/building are subject to enhanced cleaning and sanitised in between departures from Rowsley South Station and at the start and finish of each operating day.

Every effort with be made to provide our services as advertised, sometimes circumstances outside our control may force us to amend the timetable or vary any of the provisions of the train journey. Peak Rail reserves the right to amend or vary without prior notice.

Back in Steam TIckets

VIEW TRAIN TIMETABLE

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

VIEW TRAIN TIMETABLE

Please refer to our Back in Steam page for train times

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
VIEW FULL CALENDAR

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.