Peak Rail offers you a nostalgic train journey through the Derbyshire countryside. Steam and Diesel trains operate throughout the year as well as many special events.
About Peak RailIn 1968 the railway between Matlock and Buxton through the Peak District National Park was closed and lifted. This was once part of Midland Railway's line between Manchester Central and London St.Pancras. In 1975 a group of enthusiasts formed the Peak Railway Society with the aim of re-opening the line.
Initially a Steam Centre was opened at Buxton. Attention later moved to the southern end of the line, where undergrowth was hacked away and rails reinstated. Services commenced between Matlock and Darley Dale in 1991. The northern extension to the site of the former Rowsley locomotive depot saw its first passenger trains in 1997, and where further facilities are currently being developed.
Peak Rail run regular Steam and Diesel-hauled heritage passenger trains between Matlock Riverside and Rowsley. A large car park at Rowsley makes it an ideal way to beat the traffic jams leading into Matlock. We offer footplate experience courses where you can get your hands on the steam engine's controls. Special events take place throughout the year, including Wine Tasting, Whisky Tasting, Santa Special's and Afternoon Teas.
Peak Rail recently won the 2023 Heritage Railway Association's 'TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD’.
From M1 junctions 28, 29, 30 signposted Matlock. For Matlock station use Public car park near BR station.
A6 to Darley Dale (follow brown signs) use DFS car park or station car park.
A6 to Rowsley (best parking) use Peak Rail car park.
From Stockport, Derby or Manchester, again use A6.
From Stoke on Trent A52, then A5035 from Ashbourne.
Coach Parties Welcome
Special Group Rates
Senior Citizen Discounts