Join us on this very special train from London to Matlock in the beautiful Peak District of Derbyshire.
There we shall travel over ‘Peak Rail’ the Heritage Railway line between Matlock and Rowsley. Our train will be steam hauled from London to Derby and from Derby to London by steam locomotive No. 46233 Duchess of Sutherland. The section from Derby to Rowsley in each direction will be diesel hauled. The journey includes fast running stretches of high profile main lines as well as highly scenic secondary routes.
We leave London Ealing Broadway at around 08:40, hauled by Duchess of Sutherland and then at Finsbury Park at about 09:38 before departing London, we can expect some fast running as we head north along the East Coast Main Line (ECML). We stop at Potters Bar, Stevenage and Peterborough for further passengers and then take the former Syston and Peterborough Railway line that links the ECML to the Midland Main Line (MML). We pass through Stamford and Oakham, the county town of Rutland. When this line was built, between Oakham and Melton Mowbray, it had to make a significant detour because of opposition from the then owner of nearby Stapleford Park.
We join the MML at Syston Junction and head northwards through Loughborough and Trent Junction to Derby. Here our steam locomotive will leave the train and go for servicing whilst we head on diesel hauled. We then take the Derwent Valley Line to Ambergate Junction and along the Matlock Branch. This was formerly the Midland Main Line to Manchester Central, which closed as a through route in 1968. We are now in the Peak District and we travel up the picturesque valley of the River Derwent, passing through Cromford and Matlock Bath to Matlock.
At Matlock passengers have the option of alighting from the train or continuing on our train along the Heritage Railway ‘Peak Rail’ through Darley Dale to Rowsley.
Our train, diesel hauled leaves Rowsley early evening and stops at Matlock to pick up those passengers who have been visiting the town. We return via Derby, where 46233 Duchess of Sutherland takes over the steam haulage of our train again through Trent Junction and Melton Mowbray to Peterborough where we stop to set down passengers. At Conington Loop, our steam locomotive will pause to take on water supplies. We call at Stevenage, Potters Bar and Finsbury Park to set down passengers, before journey’s end at London Ealing Broadway.
Premier Dining includes a full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat.
First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with a savoury dish followed by a selection of fancies and cakes.
Standard Class includes a reserved seat at a table for four.
A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability)
Approximate timings shown
|London Ealing Broadway||08:40||00:16|