Murder Mystery Evening

2021 date to be announced

Due to current restrictions Peak Rail are happy to extend the validity date of issued steam experience and Palatine vouchers. All vouchers with an expiry date of 2020 or 2021 will be extended for a further period of one year. No cash refunds with be given.

‘A Strange Encounter at Darley Dale’

Steam hauled train departing from Rowsley South Station at 7.00pm.

An evening of Whodunnit with professional artists The Foul Players and luxury 4 Course Meal

It is 1954 and the famous circus performer ‘Haree The Clown’ has sent out identical invitations to friends, acquaintances and colleagues for an ‘all expenses paid’ trip to a place that is apparently important in his life … Darley Dale … Haree is an unusual performer … a ‘method clown’. Basically, no-one has seen his face without makeup … ever!

The reason for the trip is, ‘on the surface’, a way of getting all his acquaintances together so that the author of his biography (who has also been invited) can interview them all in one go, but, in reality, Haree wants a ‘blackmail letter’ investigated and wants all the suspects in one place.

The guests on the trip are not all known to each other, and Haree himself is not present. Everyone is expecting him to turn up at some stage, but there has been no sign of him yet.

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Murder Mystery Menu

Selection of Canapes


Melon salad with prosciutto and smoked feta
Spinach and Rocket
Prawn cocktail
Tiger prawns, Baby gem, Avocado, apple and maire rose sauce


Pan fried chicken breast, white wine and cream sauce
Sautéed new potatoes, buttered green beans

Slow cooked pork shoulder
Creamed potato, baby apples and apple infused gravy
Heritage Beetroot and Butternut Squash Wellington
Celeriac & Potato Terrine, Treacle Glazed Carrot, Spiced Red Cabbage Puree


Sticky Toffee Pudding
Butterscotch sauce and vanilla custard
White Chocolate Cheesecake
with fresh double cream & raspberries
Lemon Tart
with Crème Fraiche & Raspberries

A selection of alcoholic drinks will also be available to purchase during your dining experience.

Prices are: £59.99 for Adults, Senior Citizens and Children aged 5 – 15 years, Seat reservation price is inclusive of the meal, train fare and VAT, but excludes alcoholic or soft drinks

If you would like to book which is essential, or you are unsure as to the services we can offer; please do not hesitate to contact us. Gift Vouchers valid for one year are also available to purchase for use on any of our dining trains.

For further details please telephone 01629 580381 or email

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Murder Mystery Evening

Advanced Booking Essential!

Download Booking Form for Murder Mystery Evening 2021

Telephone 01629 580381



Palatine Booking Information 2020/2021

Seating Plan – LMS COACH

Table-For-Two- Guarantee All our tables seat 4 people but we offer a limited “Table-For-Two” guarantee on all our advertised dining services, available on a First-Come-First-served basis at the cost of a third meal ticket for the respective train. This must be booked at the same time as the initial reservation. We are happy to accept a non-guaranteed booking for 2 people on the understanding that you may have to share a table of 4 with another couple.

Seating Plan – Kitchen Coach

Seating in this coach consists of a table for 3 people, tables for 4 and tables for 2 and is not subject to the table for two guarantee.

PLEASE NOTE: that if you are paying your deposit by cheque then this will not be cashed until the day and the amount will be taken off your final bill. If paying your deposit by credit or debit card, then no transaction will have been made from your account prior to the date of dining.

General Notes

Menu & dietary requirements: All our dining trains have a fixed menu and food must be pre ordered at least 7 workings days prior to the date of travel (please download the booking and menu form and either return to Peak Rail plc, Matlock Station, Matlock, Derbyshire. DE4 3NA or Telephone: 01629 580381 Email with your choices).

To avoid embarrassment on the day, please give details on the booking form if any member of your party has any special dietary requirements or allergies that require a different meal to be provided e.g. vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, no nuts, no red meat, no mushrooms, no shellfish, etc.

Please note that it is impossible for us to provide an alternative to the fixed menu if we are only advised on the day.

Allergies: Note: we take extra care to avoid cross-contamination when preparing allergen free meals, however, preparation is done in an environment where allergenic ingredients are processed, and we do not have an allergen free zone.

Dogs: No dogs except assistance dogs are allowed in the dining coach.

Children: Our dining carriages are designed for adults and we regret that children under 5 years of age cannot be accommodated. Children must always be supervised and remain seated during the service.

Cancellations: If for any reason you are unable to keep your booked reservation and you are not able to give us 7 days cancellation notice then the deposit for the number of people booked will be either debited from your credit/debit card or the cheque will be cashed.

Wheelchair access: We regret that owing to historic design of the dining coaches wheelchairs cannot be accommodated. Please note that passengers with mobility difficulties will need to climb up or down one step. (A ramp is available, please state if required at the time of booking).


Back to Steam Timetable 2021

OPERATING TIMETABLE: Back to Steam 2021   
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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

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Darley Dale (Depart)1149130314171531
Rowsley South (Arrive)1154130814221536
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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.