Peak Park Preserved Bus Gathering

Rallies for historic buses have been held throughout the country since the late 1960’s, including two in Chesterfield in 1976 and 1977. These led to the formation of “Transpire – The Chesterfield Bus Society”, and it is this body that proposed a ‘one-off’ bus rally in 2006 to celebrate their 30th anniversary. Then held at Chatsworth House, this event proved such a success that it has been repeated in June each year, moving in 2011 to its present home at Peak Rail’s Rowsley South Station.

Thus 2019 sees our 14th such rally, and we have retained our winning formula. Included are displays of ‘buses of the past’ dating from the 1940’s to the 1990’s which have been lovingly restored by their owners, representing the many different makes and types on which you probably travelled to school. They proudly show off the liveries and company names of their previous bus operators, most of which have since disappeared in today’s scene of large Bus Groups. Some of those that are fully restored are entered for judging by a panel of experts, with a prize-giving ceremony at 4.15 pm. Present also are stalls selling all manner of transport memorabilia giving the opportunity to take home a model, a book or photos of buses of yesteryear.

Always popular is the opportunity to sample some of the elderly buses, and between 11.30 am and 4.00 pm some of the exhibits will be offering rides to nearby destinations including Bakewell, Matlock and Darley Dale. To sample Peak Rail’s fine historic railway, why not take a train journey along their line and return by preserved bus, which meet the trains at all three stations. We are sure that you will find our Peak Park Preserved Bus Gathering a most enjoyable day out with a difference.

Normal timetable in operation.  Special fares will apply .


Peak Park Bus Gathering Fares 
Senior Citizens£9.50
Children Under 3 yearsFree
(maximum two per paying adult)
Children 3 - 15 years£6.50
Family Ticket (2 Adults and up to 3 children)£33.00

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Steam Experience Operating Calendar

Further dates will be added early in 2020

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 - Apr to Sep 2020     
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

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.