Peak Railway Association Membership

The former Midland Railway main line through the Peak District from Matlock to Buxton, closed by British Rail in 1968 was one of the most scenic sections of railway in Britain passing through tunnels and over viaducts and giving impressive views of the area.

In 1975 a group of railway enthusiasts put forward proposals for the re-opening of the Matlock – Buxton railway line as a heritage and community railway offering a service for both tourists and local residents, and so the Peak Rail project was born.


Our principle aim is to provide help, support and advice to Peak Rail plc, to ensure the successful implementation of its proposals to re-open the former Midland Railway main line through the Peak District as an independent railway. This includes raising funds for specific projects, collecting and preserving in its archive historic documents, photographs and equipment which have an association with the railway, recruiting new members and volunteers and helping to operate the existing railway from Matlock to Rowsley.

The Association is managed by its own Board of Directors including representatives from the branches and Peak Rail plc, as well as those elected by members at the AGM. These occur once a year and every member (except Junior members) are entitled to attend and vote. It is also an opportunity for you to raise any questions you may have.

Our annual raffle raises funds for a specific project each year. Projects funded wholly or partly by the Association have included the engine shed, picnic area, shop building at Rowsley South, coach restoration plus a station waiting room on Matlock Platform 2.

As a member there are many ways of supporting the railway, and these are detailed below together with the benefits you are entitled to: –

  • A complimentary copy of our magazine The Peak Express issued three times a year and contains articles and news from the railway and advance notice of events.
  • Four days free travel per year, with a 50% discount on all subsequent travel, on Peak Rail trains on all operating days except for Special Events and the Palatine Restaurant Car. PLEASE NOTE: The Green vouchers issued for 2020/21 will now be valid until April 30th 2022. WE REGRET THAT DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID PANDEMIC THAT FREE TRAVEL AND DISCOUNTED TRAVEL IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.
  • 10% discount off certain items in Peak Rail shops (excluding confectionary items, second hand railway books, second hand videos and DVD’s, railway memorabilia and railway models).

However Peak Railway Association Ltd and/or Peak Rail plc reserve the right to change this in the future.

Please note that to receive any of the above benefits (excluding the delivery of The Peak Express) you must carry your membership card with you when visiting the railway and produce it to receive the travel concessions and discount benefits.


We now have five branches of the Association in Sheffield, Chesterfield, Derwent Valley, Derby together with the newly formed Buxton Branch. Branches consist of Association members, who meet approximately once a month for talks, slide shows etc. In addition, the branches also organise various fundraising activities and attend events across the country to promote Peak Rail. Please visit the branch pages for details of these events.

If you wish to find out more about the Peak Railway Association Ltd, or about volunteering on the railway, then please email: or telephone 07564 308418.


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


Please refer to our Back in Steam page for train times

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
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

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.