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“Footplate experience”
Review of Peak Rail

Peak Rail
Ranked #15 of 46 things to do in Matlock
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

What a great experience! Two whole hours of uninterrupted hands on experience. Each of the workings of the loco were explained, and shown up close, and then hands on driving up and down the line and in and around various sidings.

Nothing was too much trouble for either the driver or the fireman. All questions were answered by this very knowledgeable and friendly pair. I got to shovel coal and feed water into the boiler as well as drive backwards and forwards up and down the line and into the shed sidings. A quick tour of the shed was included so I could see the locos currently being preserved.

As well as the workings of the loco, points and signals operation were also explained along with the use of tokens for single line working and how they are used to unlock points frames.

If you want a real hands on experience with just you and the crew for an uninterrupted 2 hours of hugely interesting fun then this one is definitely for you. At the end of my time my wife, daughter-in-law and 2 very excited grandchildren joined us and we had as may trips up and down the line from Rowsley to Matlock as we wanted at no extra charge.

Brilliant. Highly recommended for train buffs and big kids!

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank N-gaugeDave
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Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

Loved it me, my toddler and family great day out loved you can pop on and off anytime. Great staff so friendly and really was fantastic day.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank GgFord1991
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Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Had a really lovely day visiting matlock and riding on the steam train.

It is reasonable in price and the ticket is a day ticket so you can return as much a you like. Only a short walk into matlock from the train station car park which is £5.50 all day.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Amy C
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

Very pleasant trip to Matlock and back in a steam train from a bygone age . Comfortable and very genteel

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank thedemandingguest
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Reviewed 20 June 2018

An excellent adventure ride. Used to visit cable car, that’s great too. Change trains to main line one stop. Travel all day after ticket bought.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Chris D
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