Station Name: ROWSLEY SOUTH
|Date opened:||Easter 1997|
|Location:||West side of the A6 just under 1 mile to the south of Rowsley.|
|Company on opening:||Peak Rail|
|Date closed to passengers:||Still open|
|Date closed completely:||Still open|
|Company on closing:||Still open|
|Present state:||Still open|
|OS Grid Ref:||SK263643|
|Date of visit:||2.10.2009|
Notes: Rowsley South Station was opened by Peak Rail at Easter in 1997 as part of an extension to their heritage line. Rowsley South is located on what was the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midland Junction Railway’s (MBM&MJR) line from Ambergate to Rowsley which opened to passengers on Monday the 4th June 1849. From 1862 until 1867 the line was extended in stages northwards to Buxton and then on to Manchester and it became the Midland Railway’s (MR) main line between Manchester and Ambergate.
Peak Rail was set up in 1975 with the objective of restoring the line between Buxton and Matlock as a heritage railway. The organisation originally set up a base on part of the site of Buxton’s Midland Railway station with the objective of rebuilding the line from the north to the south. By 1980 Peak Rail had a steam centre operating at Buxton. However Peak Rail were constantly frustrated in their aims not least by British Rail who still had an operational railway between Buxton and Cheedale. In 1990 Peak Rail sold the larger portion of its land at Buxton and decided to move to the south end of the line and rebuild it from that direction.
Starting from a base at Darley Dale Station Peak rail rebuilt the line into Matlock in the early 1990s. It was hoped that the heritage line could be connected into Matlock station which had become the terminus of the British Rail line to Derby. Once again British Rail proved to be hostile to Peak Rail and they blocked the plan. Peak Rail were determined to run trains to Matlock so they looked at an alternative temporary solution which involved building a temporary station of their own at Matlock which they called Matlock Riverside. The new station opened in the summer of 1992.
Within a year Peak Rail were looking northwards. They advertised for a share issue and began the reconstruction of the line to the site of the former Rowsley Sidings and Locomotive Depot. Peak Rail created a new locomotive depot on the site of the original and the developed a rail heritage centre. To serve the new facilities they built a new station which they called Rowsley South.
Rowsley South station consists of a single platform on the east side of the line. A single storey wooden building provides booking and waiting facilities. The station is served by Peak Rail heritage trains that run to Matlock Riverside.
Eight and a half miles of the Matlock - Buxton line now forms the Monsal Trail starting at Coombs Road Viaduct, one mile southeast of Bakewell and finishing at the head of Chee Dale, about three miles east of Buxton. There is a diversion round the tunnels.
Further reading: Railway from Buxton to Bakewell, Matlock and Ambergate (Scenes from the Past) by JM Bentley, 1992. Railways around Buxton by JM Bentley, 1987.
To see other stations between Manchester Central & Matlock click on the station name:Manchester Central, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Withington & West Didsbury, Didsbury, Heaton Mersey, Cheadle Heath, Hazel Grove (Midland), Buxworth, Chinley (2nd site) STILLOPEN, Chinley (1st site), Chapel-en-le-Frith Central, Peak Forest, Cheedale Halt, Buxton (Midland), Blackwell Mill Halt, Millers Dale, Monsal Dale, Great Longstone, Hassop, Bakewell, Rowsley (2nd site), Rowsley (1st site), Darley Dale, Matlock Riverside PEAK RAIL & Matlock STILL OPEN. See also Stockport Tiviot Dale & Stockport Portwood
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