North Notts Locomotive Group

The North Notts Loco Group owns the former BR Class 44 locomotive 44008 (D8) “Penyghent” built in Derby in 1960. Currently in green livery.

The Class 44s, commonly known as “Peaks” were widely used in the 1960s on the London St Pancras to Manchester Central main line expresses through the Peak District via Matlock, Bakewell and Peak Forest prior to closure of the line in 1968.

Locomotive History

One of the ten Pilot Scheme Peak class locomotives D8 was delivered to Camden in December 1959 but it was immediately loaned to Derby. During May 1960 it was transferred to Crewe North. During the early part of February 1962 D8 moved to Nottingham, the precursor of the eventual move of the class to Toton for use on heavy freight duties. In May 1962 D8 moved to Toton. In the mid 1970’s the ten class 44 locomotives started to be withdrawn. Surprisingly D8, now numbered 44008 visited Derby Works during November 1979, not for withdrawal but for engine repairs, it would remain under repair at Derby until early July 1980 when it was tested on the 12.07 Derby – St Pancras, (with 45121 as the train engine) and 44008 was removed at Leicester, returning light engine to Derby and re-entered traffic at Toton. Despite its recent Works attention 44008’s reprieve was brief, it was withdrawn along with the two remaining Class 44’s during November 1980 and stored at Toton. In July 1981 the locomotive moved north to Scotland heading for preservation on the Strathspey Railway at Boat of Garten in the Highlands. Following the sale of a very forlorn 44008 to the North Notts Locomotive Group in 1987 the locomotive returned to the East Midlands.

The locomotive is based at our Rowsley South site and can regularly be seen hauling Peak Rail trains during our operating season.

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OPERATING TIMETABLE: Back to Steam 2021   
Rowsley South (Depart)110012421424

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Timetable for 2022

Due to some operational changes we are altering the way we are running for the next few months.
Please bear with us as we carry out these changes. For the foreseeable future all Service trains will run round at Matlock Riverside whilst we work on a new way of getting in and out of Matlock platform 2.
We are sorry for any inconvenience during this period and are working to get the new plan in place very soon.

OPERATING TIMETABLE    
Rowsley South (Depart)10:3012:0013:3015:00
Darley Dale (Arrive)10:4012:1013:4015:10
Darley Dale (Depart)10:4512:1513:4515:15
Matlock Riverside (Arrive)10:5512:2513:5515:25
Matlock Riverside (Depart)11:1012:4014:1015:40
Darley Dale (Arrive)11:2012:5014:2015:50
Darley Dale (Depart)11:2512:5514:2515:55
Rowsley South (Arrive)11:3513:0514:3516:05

 

 

Fares

TICKET TYPEALL DAY UNLIMITED TICKET PRICESINGLE JOURNEY TICKET PRICE
Adult£14.95£8.50
Senior Citizen£9.95£8.00
Children under 3 years (maximum of two per paying adult)FREEFREE
Children 3 - 15 years£4.95£2.95
Family (2 Adults and up to 3 children)£34.95
OPERATING TIMETABLE: April 2022    
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    
Rowsley South (Depart)10:3012:0013:3015:00
Darley Dale (Arrive)10:4012:1013:4015:10
Darley Dale (Depart)10:4512:1513:4515:15
Matlock Riverside (Arrive)10:5512:2513:5515:25
Matlock Riverside (Depart)11:1012:4014:1015:40
Darley Dale (Arrive)11:2012:5014:2015:50
Darley Dale (Depart)11:2512:5514:2515:55
Rowsley South (Arrive)11:3513:0514:3516:05
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Peak Rail Operating Calendar

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.