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Waterman Railway Heritage Trust

The Trust is an unincorporated Registered Charity No.1039409. Its aim is the “preservation of historic railway engines, carriages and ancillary items, education of the general public as to the historical significance of preserved railways through the promotion of actual rolling stock and scale models.”

Its Trustees include Dr Pete Waterman OBE DL. In 2016 Dr Waterman became a vice-president of the Transport Trust, a UK charity dedicated to the preservation of the nation’s transport heritage. In 2018 he became President of Peak Rail plc.

Dr Waterman auctioned around a tenth of his collection of railway models in April 2015 for more than £600,000, in order to “raise enough money to secure the future of the Waterman Railway Heritage Trust.”

In a press release in May 2015 it was announced that: “Dr Pete Waterman OBE DL is delighted to announce that he has reached an agreement with Peak Rail to base his Waterman Railway Heritage Trust assets at its Rowsley South site”.

Most of the Trust’s collection is now based at Peak Rail and include, amongst others:

  • GWR 4575 Class 2-6-2T No. 5553, built in 1928 – Moved in 2015 from Crewe Heritage Centre. Undergoing overhaul
  • GWR 5205 Class 2-8-0T No. 5224, built in 1924 – Moved in 2015 from Crewe Heritage Centre and will be overhauled on site
  • GWR 5600 Class 0-6-2T No. 6634, built in 1928. Moved in 2017 from the Severn Valley Railway following its restoration from scrapyard condition never commencing, is due to be restored to working order
  • BR Class 46 – 46035 (D172) “Ixion” – Stored
  • BR Class 25 – D7659 (25309/25909). Undergoing overhaul
  • BR Class 08 – 08830 – Undergoing overhaul
  • BR 21T – Steel open mineral wagon – No B313014 – Operational
  • BR Pallet Van – No B769951 – Operational
  • GWR – Hawksworth 12 wheeled Sleeping Coach – Stored
  • LMS Staffs Area Managers – Inspection Saloon – Stored

The Trust employs a number of people on site as part of a mechanical engineering team tasked with restoring the locomotives in the collection to running order over time.


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.