Peak Rail News

PRA Meetings Postponed

PRA meetings have been postponed:

  • Chesterfield Branch  –  Tuesday 17 March  –  Ken Horan
  • Derwent Valley Branch  –  Tuesday 24 March  –  Ken Grainger
  • Sheffield Branch  –  Mon 6 April  –  Paul Shackcloth
  • Buxton Branch – Thursday 9 April – Gavin Lake

Britain’s Lost Railways

First episode of “Britain’s Lost railways” Series 2 will be on Channel 5 at 8p.m. on Sunday 9th February.  The first episode is on Derbyshire and some of it was filmed on Peak Rail.

September Shunters

Twice a year, in the Spring and Autumn the shunters over in the shunters yard here at Peak Rail come out to play.  The shunters are owned by the Heritage Shunters Trust and it really was a pleasure to see these old work horses out grabbing a bit of exercise in the early autumn sunshine. Continue reading

Amazing Mazda Event

What do you call a gathering of MX5s. Well on the 21st July at Peak Rail’s Rowsley South Picnic Area you could have gone for Amazing, Mesmerising, either way it’s an impressive sight to see 50+ Mazda MX5s from all eras,

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PRA Buxton Branch News

On the 19th June a meeting was held in Buxton organized by the Peak Railway Association to test the level of support in the town for the re-establishment of a Buxton Branch of the Association. Continue reading

Andrew Wilson Heritage Shunters Gala

The late May Bank Holiday weekend, 25th and 26th, saw one of our special events take place at the shunters yard at Rowsley South.  The event was our first Shunters Gala of the year and was held in memory of the charismatic Andrew Wilson who we sadly lost in 2019.

The event was well attended and there were many shunters on display as well as a few operating on the track ferrying visitors back and forth.  A ticket into the event meant visitors could ride all day, take a look at the shunters in the two sheds owned by the Heritage Shunters Trust, and view the many shunters still laying dorment in the yard, awaiting one day to be repaired and renovated.

Tea and refreshments were on offer all day.

On the other side of the level crossing Peak Rail were running a normal operating service, meaning visitors to the Gala could also take a ride on our train, fronted by our steam locomotive at one end and our diesel locomotive at the other, down to Matlock, where the fair had come to town and there was the Matlock CAMRA beer festival been held at the Matlock Town Football Ground.

At Rowsley South refreshments were on offer as always, and the shops at Rowsley and Matlock were open for visitors.

The Heritage Shunters Trust run two galas each year, so don’t worry if you missed out on your opportunity to see the shunters in action this time, you could always make a date for this year’s other Heritage Shunters Gala to be held on the 7th and 8th September 2019.


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


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.