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Peak Railway

Peak RailAddress: Darley Dale Station, Darley Dale, Derbyshire DE4 2EQ

Telephone: 01629 580381  Email:

Line Length: 4½ miles  Gauge: 4ft 8½ inches

Route: Rowsley South to Matlock  Journey Time: 20 minutes

Service: January 5 - November 24 Saturdays, Sundays / February 19, 20 / April - Tuesdays, 1, 10 / May, June, July - Tuesdays, Wednesdays / May 6, 27

July 25 / August - every day except mondays, Fridays, open 26, not 1, 29 / September - Tuesdays, Wednesdays / October 29 - 31 / December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 - 24

Tickets: Adult £7.50, Child £4.00, Family £23.00 (2 adults & 3 children) unlimited travel on day of issue

Parking: Rowsley South station DE4 2LF large free car park, Darley Dale station DE4 2EQ limited free parking, Matlock station pay and display council car park adjacent

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Rowsley South Station: Refreshments, shop, picnic area

Darley Dale Station: Refreshments, shop, museum

Matlock Station: Book, gift shop, main line

Peak Rail is a small part of the former Midland Railway line that ran from Manchester to St. Pancras, it was built in the 1860s. The section between Buxton and Matlock was closed in 1968.

In 1975 the Peak District Preservation Society was formed, they opened a steam centre in Buxton of the site of the former Midland Railway station. There was 300 yards of track, restoration facilities and a signal box. Efforts to extend the rail track at Buxton were not successful but permission was granted in 1988 to reopen the track from Darley Dale to Matlock. A great deal of renovation and undergrowth clearance was required as no trains had run for 20 years.

The first passenger services ran in December 1991 from Darley Dale for one mile towards Matlock. Work continued with the construction of a temporary station in Matlock by the River Derwent. Full operation to the new station started in May 1992, giving the railway a length of  2 miles. The final stage to Rowsley South was completed in 1966.  

Peak Rail has now extended the line to Matlock main line station where they use platform two. Trains will no longer stop at Matlock Riverside station. Now that there is a connection to the main line the railway hopes to attract rail tours which will be able to use the turntable and maintenance facilities at Rowsley South. The next project will be to lay track to Rowsley village.

Peak Rail has one steam locomotive in service which is Hunslet 0-6-0ST ‘Lord Phil’ there are number diesel locomotives also available.

Peak Rail Stations