Permanent Way Update 16/10/20

I’d not realised that my last update had been late July. Since then much has been achieved by the P-Way team meeting up every week on a Wednesday.

At Matlock Riverside the work completed in August and September has included:

  • Replacement of 11 sleepers underneath Point 3, which leads to the Headshunt, with new ones purchased by the PRA last year. A split and partially rotted timber revealed two Toads which were relocated to a safe location nearby. This in fact was one of a couple of piles of old sleepers deliberately left to rot away at Riverside to encourage wildlife.
  • Replacement of 7 life expired sleepers in the Platform line in the three panels of track immediately before Point 3. Again new sleepers used.
  • Replacement of 8 life expired sleepers towards the far end of the Headshunt. This time using the last of the good quality second hand sleepers from the P-Way stock in Rowsley Yard.
  • Removal and replacement of two sleepers acting as support beams for the platform boards at the north end of Riverside Station. It had been noticed that the Platform surface had dipped at this point and the condition of the two support beams was highlighted as the problem.

Further work has taken place at two of the farm crossings.

  • At Statham’s Crossing the two gates, which had been removed earlier, were replaced having been repaired in the Workshop at Rowsley. For the Up side new hooks were used to hang the gate directly onto the girder acting as a post. Both gates were chained shut with new number combination padlocks. The Office and farmer were given the chosen number code.
  • At Dick Smith’s Crossing the gatepost on the Down side had to be replaced. Previous efforts to dig out the remains of the post left in the ground had failed. By removing some of the concrete collar around it and a great deal of brute force the base of the post finally lifted out in pieces. An hour well spent? The new post was firmed in with large rocks to hold it successfully in place. With holes drilled for the new hooks the gate was re-hung and chained shut.

Whilst undertaking a visual inspection of all the bridges after Lockdown I noted a concern regarding Bridge 40. This bridge has two girders between the abutments supporting longitudinal sleepers with the rail. There is support bracing between the girders. There are also three pairs of Bullhead rail either side of the track and between it, also from one abutment to the other. On top of these have been laid Crossing Timbers to cover what otherwise would be a drop into Warney Brook. The concern highlighted was the condition of the timbers in the 4ft and on the Down side walkway. All the timbers in the 4ft have been replaced and a start made on the walkway. The replacements have so far come from the ex Derbyshire Dales Narrow Gauge Railway. The timbers were once under a Point near the station. Ballast is also being reclaimed from the same location.

New timbers have been dropped off ready to replace those life expired under the Points at Rowsley.

All gauging measurements of the main line, loops and points was completed by mid August and recorded.

The team continues to work following current CV-19 regulations.

Roger Hallatt.

Engine no. 72 – The John Hilton Peak Rail Archives – Video 14/16

Footage featuring Engine no.72. Engine no.72 can be seen between March and October running between Peak Rail’s three stations in the Derbyshire Dales, Rowsley South, Darley Dale and Matlock. There’s also a Santa Special running every weekend and everyday during the Christmas holidays. There are extra trains during the February half term and special events with guest locomotives all throughout the spring and summer season.

Footage background: We have kindly been donated some photos and video footage by Mr John Hilton. In total there was 46 minutes of footage. So we’ve edited the footage into 15 films, which we are going to release over the coming weeks.

When we have released all 15 excerpts we will publish the final unedited video as produced and supplied by John.

We’d love to receive more old footage and/or photos of days and events gone by at Peak Rail that we can then share by adding it to our YouTube Channel. This we hope will help to preserve history and help us all remember days gone by.

Pete Watermans Tank Engines no. 5224 and 5553 – The John Hilton Peak Rail Archives – Video 13/16

Filmed on May 6th, 2017, a very short video featuring two tank engines owned by Pete Waterman. Engine no. 5224 and Engine no. 5553.

Background to footage: We have kindly been donated some photos and video footage by Mr John Hilton. In total there was 46 minutes of footage. So we’ve edited the footage into 15 films, which we are going to release over the coming weeks.

When we have released all 15 excerpts we will publish the final unedited video as produced and supplied by John.

We’d love to receive more old footage and/or photos of days and events gone by at Peak Rail that we can then share by adding it to our YouTube Channel. This we hope will help to preserve history and help us all remember days gone by.

Engine no. 34046 – The John Hilton Peak Rail Archives – Video 12/16

Footage of Engine no. 34046 filmed at the Peak Forester Railtour Event held at Peak Rail on March 23rd, 2014.

Background to video: We have kindly been donated some photos and video footage by Mr John Hilton. In total there was 46 minutes of footage. So we’ve edited the footage into 15 films, which we are going to release over the coming weeks.

When we have released all 15 excerpts we will publish the final unedited video as produced and supplied by John.

We’d love to receive more old footage and/or photos of days and events gone by at Peak Rail that we can then share by adding it to our YouTube Channel. This we hope will help to preserve history and help us all remember days gone by.

Engine no. 34067 – The John Hilton Peak Rail Archives – Video 11/16

Engine no. 34067 filmed at the Peak Forester Returns Event at Peak Rail April 14th, 2013.

Background to footage: We have kindly been donated some photos and video footage by Mr John Hilton. In total there was 46 minutes of footage. So we’ve edited the footage into 15 films, which we are going to release over the coming weeks.

When we have released all 15 excerpts we will publish the final unedited video as produced and supplied by John.

We’d love to receive more old footage and/or photos of days and events gone by at Peak Rail that we can then share by adding it to our YouTube Channel. This we hope will help to preserve history and help us all remember days gone by.

Engine no. 70013 – The John Hilton Peak Rail Archives – Video 10/16

Footage of Engine no. 70013 running on the Peak Rail line, part of the former line that ran between Matlock and Buxton.

Footage background: We have kindly been donated some photos and video footage by Mr John Hilton. In total there was 46 minutes of footage. So we’ve edited the footage into 15 films, which we are going to release over the coming weeks.

When we have released all 15 excerpts we will publish the final unedited video as produced and supplied by John.

We’d love to receive more old footage and/or photos of days and events gone by at Peak Rail that we can then share by adding it to our YouTube Channel. This we hope will help to preserve history and help us all remember days gone by.

Engine no. 68013 – The John Hilton Peak Rail Archives – Video 9/16

Engine no. 68013 filmed at the Peak Forester Railtour Event May 27th, 2012.

Background to footage: We have kindly been donated some photos and video footage by Mr John Hilton. In total there was 46 minutes of footage. So we’ve edited the footage into 15 films, which we are going to release over the coming weeks.

When we have released all 15 excerpts we will publish the final unedited video as produced and supplied by John.

We’d love to receive more old footage and/or photos of days and events gone by at Peak Rail that we can then share by adding it to our YouTube Channel. This we hope will help to preserve history and help us all remember days gone by.

Matlock Station Reopens to Steam Trains – The John Hilton Peak Rail Archives – Video 8/16

On July 2nd, 2011, after years of preparation, Matlock Station once again had a steam train arrive at platform no.2.

Background to this footage: we have kindly been donated some photos and video footage by Mr John Hilton. In total there was 46 minutes of footage. So we’ve edited the footage into 15 films, which we are going to release over the coming weeks.

When we have released all 15 excerpts we will publish the final unedited video as produced and supplied by John.

We’d love to receive more old footage and/or photos of days and events gone by at Peak Rail that we can then share by adding it to our YouTube Channel. This we hope will help to preserve history and help us all remember days gone by.

Turntable at Rowsley featuring Engine no. 8624 – The John Hilton Peak Rail Archives – Video 7/16

This video features the first public demonstration of the newly restored turntable at Rowsley South Station, one of three stations operated by Peak Rail and are connected by the old Matlock to Buxton railway line and runs through the Derbyshire Dales.

We have kindly been donated some photos and video footage by Mr John Hilton. In total there was 46 minutes of footage. So we’ve edited the footage into 15 films, which we are going to release over the coming weeks.

When we have released all 15 excerpts we will publish the final unedited video as produced and supplied by John.

We’d love to receive more old footage and/or photos of days and events gone by at Peak Rail that we can then share by adding it to our YouTube Channel. This we hope will help to preserve history and help us all remember days gone by.

The Return of Steam featuring Engine no. 8624 – The John Hilton Peak Rail Archives – Video 6/16

Engine no. 8624 features in this “Return of Steam” Event held at Peak Rail in May 2009.

Footage background: We have kindly been donated some photos and video footage by Mr John Hilton. In total there was 46 minutes of footage. So we’ve edited the footage into 15 films, which we are going to release over the coming weeks.

When we have released all 15 excerpts we will publish the final unedited video as produced and supplied by John.

We’d love to receive more old footage and/or photos of days and events gone by at Peak Rail that we can then share by adding it to our YouTube Channel. This we hope will help to preserve history and help us all remember days gone by.

Palatine Restaurant Car Operating Dates

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

Steam Experience Operating Calendar

VIEW TRAIN TIMETABLE

All services are currently suspended due to Coronavirus.

OPERATING TIMETABLE: FEB-MAR 2021 and OCT-NOV 2021    
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: APR- SEP 2021 and APR 2022     
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

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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.