05. Nottingham to Matlock then Derby
I cannot count on both hands how many times I have travelled on this beautiful line. The Derwent Valley Line is truly a magical route to travel on.
Starting out at Nottingham, we travel fast to Derby, possibly as an ECS (Empty Coaching Stock) movement where we change trains and ride on a Class 158 on a return trip to Matlock. We diverge away from the main line at Ambergate, which used to be a triangular junction and the driver collects a token for the remainder of the journey to Matlock. Only one train is permitted on the Matlock branch at any one time as there are no passing loops. At Matlock Bath you can briefly see the Heights of Abraham cable car system. If you travel on this line in real life, the line is very busy with tourists and if you get off the train at Matlock Bath in the Summer, Matlock Bath is full of bikers and you see their motorbikes parked up in the main street. The old station buildings here were built in the style of a swiss style chalet building and it still exists to this very day.
The next station is Matlock and Peak Rail occupies the opposite platform for their own services effectively giving a restored link back onto the national railway network. The section between Matlock and Buxton closed in June 1968, but Peak Rail proudly has preserved the section between Matlock and Rowsley.
Overall, this is a great DVD and is worth every penny paid. 10/10 for a outstanding production.