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Peak Rail at Matlock.

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by 46118, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. Petwall

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    I don't do the PR the office handles that side of things. I just post a few pictures on Flickr that I hope people find interesting. What I am trying to say is that every department including the office staff have been working flat out for some time and posting pictures etc has sadly not been a priority

    Pete
     
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    And you know this for certain do you living in France as you do?

    Please tell me pray where you get your precise information from?

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  3. steamdream

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    have you understood well my quoute? I said the most of railways are very liberal and open with updates except some included alas, PR
    As a keen lover of your country and your(preserved) railways I often visit UK
    regards
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    What's the problem then...?? When you next vist Peak Rail you'll see the "updates" for real, including the impressive Matlock extension which is looking fantastic and ready for the 1st train tomorrow morning.
     
  5. steamdream

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    Is it my aim indeed!!(about next mid july):peace:
    regards
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    PRESS RELEASE – IMMEDIATE
    FINAL TOUCHES UNDERWAY BEFORE PEAK RAIL MATLOCK OPENING THIS WEEKEND

    The finishing touches are now being applied to the newly-refurbished Platform 2 at Matlock station, as Peak Rail prepares to return heritage steam and diesel train services between the station and Rowsley South for the first time in 43 years this Friday.

    Refurbishment work on the platform – which has been disused since 1970 – has been carried out over the past few weeks, with years of vegetation cleared, before the retaining platform wall was rebuilt and raised by almost 10 inches to comply with current regulations. The work has been done by contractors to a very high standard and the platform has been fitted with authentic Midland Railway lamp-posts, seating, garden areas, and a ‘Matlock’ station running-in signboard to welcome visitors. Over the coming months, the station will gain further authentic fixtures and fittings before a permanent tarmac surface is added to complete the platform. It is also hoped to put a building on the platform at some stage in the future.

    Celebrations kick off on Friday, at the start of a four-day celebration of the railways achievements, which have culminated in the new extension to Matlock. The first passengers to be carried over the new ½ mile extension from Matlock Riverside halt to Matlock station will be Peak Rail plc shareholders and supporting members from the Peak Railway Association during a private celebratory event on Friday 1 July, in advance of the public opening on Saturday. The date of the reopening is significant in that the former Midland Main Line between Buxton and Matlock was closed on 1 July 1968.

    The official public opening ceremony will take place at Matlock station at 11.00am on Saturday 2 July, conducted by Sainsburys Zone Managing Director Neil Whitehouse and during the ceremony a plaque will be unveiled in memory of former Peak Rail PLC Joint Managing Director, the late Jeremy Clegg, who contributed so much to the railway and the Matlock station reopening project before his untimely death in July 2008. After the opening ceremony the first public carrying train will leave Matlock station at 11.07am, launching an exciting new era in the history of Peak Rail.

    Sainsbury’s has been an important partner organisation in the project and has long been supportive of Peak Rail’s ambitions to re-establish a regular train service into Platform 2 at Matlock to our current northern terminus at Rowsley South. The company has allowed an access ramp to be built onto the platform from the land which is occupied by their store. The previously derelict platform has been refurbished thanks to a grant from Derbyshire County Council towards the refurbishment costs.

    Also joining us for the official opening ceremony will be the Member of Parliament for West Derbyshire, Patrick McLoughlin MP. During the opening celebrations Mr McLoughlin will be invited to cut a celebratory cake at the official reception at Rowsley South station after the arrival of the first public train from Matlock for 43 years.

    On Sunday 3 July, attention will turn to the other end of the railway, with the official opening of our Engine Shed at Rowsley South. The opening will be performed at 2.00pm by members of the Rowsley Association, which includes a number of former members of staff who worked at Rowsley Shed when it was operated by British Railways prior to the closure of the railway. The event will also see the large Engine Shed Workshop dedicated as ‘The Roger Bennett Workshop’ in memory of one of our former volunteers who left a significant legacy to the railway which has funded a large proportion of the building costs.

    At 2.00pm on Monday 4 July, the Chair of the National Railway Heritage Awards Committee will visit the railway to unveil a commemorative plaque, which has been presented to Peak Rail in recognition of our volunteers who have restored our turntable at Rowsley South over a number of years.

    Peak Rail plc Joint Managing Director Jackie Statham said: “For many years, we have worked hard to get Peak Rail services into Matlock and it is fantastic to know that after all the years of negotiations, we are now less than 24 hours away from seeing the first Peak Rail trains pulling into the station. This is something the railways members, shareholders and volunteers have waited a long time for, and this weekend is a celebration of all their support and achievements.”

    More details of the opening celebrations can be found on our website at www.peakrail.co.uk.

    ENDS
     
  7. steamdream

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    Congratulations PR chaps! a fitting tribute to Mr Clegg and many others (Mr Barratt.........)
    I hope that event will kick again the extension to Buxton
    regards
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    Noel:drum:
     
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    And some more snaps of today, a real achievement for the railway, and a much improved environment for the good folk of Matlock.

    Dave
     

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    Cracking photo's - hope today goes well
     
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    Does anyone happen to know if train services into the new Matlock platform run on Monday 4th? It is billed as a three-day event, but the actual timetable doesn't have dates shown. Dont want to find the trains are only running today and Sunday.

    I am up in Derbyshire on Monday, hence the enquiry.

    Thanks

    Edit: Answering my own question having found another timetable on the PR website, it looks as though services DO run on Monday 4th.
     
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    Mmm, PR kept the "Buxton extension" bit under wraps, bet that taxes the J94's water capacity!!

    Will give the walkers and bikers a bit of a fright in the newly opened tunnels, Headstone, Cressbrook, Litton, etc......
     
  17. dggar

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    If you missed it look at post #389
     
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    Read the report - Lots of upside..
     
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    If anyone misunderstands my "irony", here is what the BBC website says about the Peak Rail trains using Matlock from this weekend: "It will run on a 20 mile stretch (32km) of railway between Matlock and Buxton."
     
  20. Mike Delamar

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    just seen this on youtube :)

    [video=youtube;qLr89mWic08]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLr89mWic08[/video]
     

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