Peak Rail, Rowsley to Matlock railway, Derbyshire
Peak Rail have re-opened a section of the former Midland railway which ran between Matlock and Buxton. They are based at Rowsley South station and run services from there to Matlock.
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|Peak Rail have re-opened a section of the former Midland Railway, running services between their base at Rowsley South Station and Matlock Riverside a distance of approximately 6km. The Midland Railway operated between Manchester Central and London St Pancras and was started in 1849, though the section through the Peak was not constructed until the 1860s. The section between Matlock and Buxton was closed in 1968 and much of it now forms the Monsal Trail. Peak Rail is operated and maintained by volunteers, who have rebuilt the section of the line between Matlock and Rowsley, which is now open to the public throughout the year.|
Matlock Riverside station is a short walk from the main Matlock station where regular services from Derby terminate. From there the line passes through Darley Dale (where there is a restored station with tea room and shop) to Rowsley, mostly alongside the River Derwent. At Rowsley Station there are numerous projects in progress - such as the LMS Carriage association, the Derbyshire Dales Narrow Gauge Railway and the Heritage Shunters Trust. There is a tea room and a shop.
Peak Rail also run courses to gain footplate experience, on which you can learn to drive a steam engine.
Peak Rail Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge- Click Here for a slide show
How to get there
Rowsley South station lies just off the A6 road, about 2km south of Rowsley, between Bakewell and Matlock. Darley Dale station lies just off the A6 between Rowsley and Matlock, and Matlock Riverside station lies through Matlock Station near the centre of Matlock, just off the A6.
By Bus: The Trans-Peak bus (Nottingham to Buxton via Derby) goes along the A6, with an hourly service, stopping near Rowsley South station, at Darley Dale and at Matlock
By Train: there are regular trains from Derby to Matlock, from whence Matlock Riverside station is a short walk.
When is it open?
Trains run at weekends and holiday weeks all year, and every day except Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays during the summer holidays.
What does it cost?
Check the Peak Rail web site for the wide range of service available including simple train rides, steam cab rides, steam and diesel driving courses and onboard dining.
STEAM & DIESEL All day Rover Tickets -
Adult £7.50/ Senior Citizens £6.00/ Children under 3 years (maximum of two per paying adult) Free/ Children 3 - 5 years £2.00/ Children 6 - 15 years £4.00/ Family Ticket (2 Adults and up to 3 Children) £23.00
Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary. See this link for more information on prices and opening
Useful links:Peak Rail Peak Rail run steam trains between Matlock and Darley Dale, along the former Midland Railway.
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