The Derwent Valley Line, which runs through Belper, has seen a boost in train passengers over the last year.
New figures show a 13 per cent increase in people using local stations compared to 2009/10.
Passengers numbers on the trains have more than doubled in three years at Belper and Ambergate.
The growth in journeys follows the success of hourly trains between Matlock and Nottingham that was introduced in 2008. The last year has also seen an increase in the number of trains running on time.
Cllr Garry Purdy. chairman of the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership, said: “Local people and visitors are realising that a reliable and regular train service exists for them in the Derwent Valley.”
David Horne, commercial and customer service director for East Midlands Trains, added: “We know from feedback received that many people are now turning to the train as a reliable, convenient and easy way to beat the traffic and it’s great news that passengers are benefiting from the improvements we have made.”