The Peak Railway Association has had an archive collection since the 1980s which now comprises over 15,000 items of which over 8,000 are photographs mainly from the Peak Rail era. The largest items in the collection are some original railway signs. One of the oldest items in the collection is a copy of a passenger timetable for the route from 1852 and we also have goods invoices from Matlock for that period. We are always adding new items to the collection and these include information about the feasibility study for re-opening the route. Some items from the collection are displayed in the exhibition room at Darley Dale and from time to time we use material in displays at open days on Peak Rail.

We are always interested in adding further items to the collection if these relate to the Ambergate to Buxton and Chinley route. We do not collect general railway material or magazines. Items related to the line before it closed as a through route in 1968 are particularly welcome. We are also happy to have additional material from the Peak Rail era which started in 1975. We prefer to receive items as donations but are happy to discuss loans as well. We always assume the copyright for photos is retained by the donor and our use is for non commercial purposes unless you tell us otherwise. Please contact our archivist via the Matlock shop if you have something you would like to donate to the collection.

We have recently acquired a site office which is located at Rowsley South where the collection will be stored from some time in the summer of 2019. Please look out for further details on the website. When it is ready we will be able to accommodate visitors to view the collection on an appointment basis.

Palatine Restaurant Car Operating Dates

The Palatine Restaurant Car ONLY operates on the coloured dates (as shown)

Steam Experience Operating Calendar


All services are currently suspended due to Coronavirus.

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

In attempt to help contain the Coronavirus outbreak Peak Rail have suspended all services until further notice.

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.