We need to jump on the bandwagon

Steam trains chugged back into Matlock station for the first time in over 40 years at the weekend and will hopefully bring with them a much needed new tourist attraction for the town.

Our love of nostalgia never seems to ebb and the station was packed with curious onlookers and enthusiasts during the official ribbon cutting.

We are all thrilled by the sight of a steam train and this can only be fantastic news for Matlock.

I was in Grosmont in North Yorkshire at the weekend and the small village, which is itself home to a steam railway, was heaving with visitors.

What we have to do in Matlock now is capitalise on the dedication and hard work of the Peak Rail volunteers who have brought us this good fortune and turn our town into another great centre for railway fans.

We have scenery and walks to rival those in North Yorkshire, and although we can’t really match the added bonus of the Heartbeat Country tag, we have had many a period dramas filmed locally – and of course there was Peak Practice.

What traders need to do now is jump on the bandwagon and work with Peak Rail experience.

I am dreaming of a day when we might be able to take a steam train ride from Matlock to Duffield and maybe even link up with the enthusiasts at Wirksworth.

Amanda Hatfield, editor