Return journey for locomotive

An historic locomotive is returning to the Peaks this weekend for the first time in almost 44 years.

The 70013 Oliver Cromwell will return to the Midland Main Line between Buxton and Matlock, pulling up at Rowsley on Sunday.

The British Railways Standard Class seven steam locomotive hauled a commemorative railtour along the line after it was closed by British Rail in 1968.

The train will now be pulling the Railway Touring Company’s Peak Forester railtour from London King’s Cross.

The 70013 Oliver Cromwell will be used to haul 11 coaches to Rowsley South Station, and Peak Rail will be operating a special modified timetable for the day.

Jackie Statham, Peak Rail PLC joint managing director, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the first steam locomotive to work from the national network onto Peak Rail will be Oliver Cromwell, as its use on the farewell tour over the line in July 1968 makes it a highly appropriate choice.”

Further information on the railtour is available by visiting the Railway Touring Company website www.railwaytouring.net/uk–day–trips/the–peak–forester