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 throughout by steam locomotive No. 61306 Mayflower. The journey includes fast running stretches of high profile main lines as well as highly scenic secondary routes.
We leave London King’s Cross at around 09:30, hauled by Mayflower and 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. 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, steam hauled by Mayflower, leaves Rowsley late in the afternoon and stops at Matlock to pick up those passengers who have been visiting the town. We return via Derby, 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 and Potters Bar to set down passengers, before journey’s end at London King’s Cross.
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 King's Cross||09:30||22:15|