Groups and Parties

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Bringing your group on a timetabled train? Find out when they are running.

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The Ryedale Restaurant & Saloon

Add a touch of Edwardian opulence to your visit and charter the RyedaleR Restaurant & Saloon coaches.

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Travel on a Timetabled Train

A cost effective way to enjoy the railway with your group or on a coach tour is to travel on one of our timetabled trains. We have special group rates for 10 or more people and with reserved seating, you can guarantee a relaxing journey through the valley.

The most popular option for groups is to have a return journey. Start at either Wirksworth or Duffield Stations, spend some time at the other end before travelling back.

The group rate is £12.50 per head for a return journey.

Short on time? Tight budget? Just want a taster? Enjoy a ride on the train from one end of the line to the other and get your road coach to drive to the other end and pick you up!

The group rate single fare between Wirksworth and Duffield is £7.00.

You'll need to travel on a day when the trains are running and at one of the scheduled departure times.

Please call us on 01629 823076 to book.

Private Hire (Charter)

If you wish to travel on a day or at a time when the timetabled trains are not running then a charter is the perfect way to enjoy the railway. A chartered train is private to your group and can also be perfect for that extra special trip.

Start at Wirksworth and amble through the valley to Duffield. Spend a few minutes at Duffield to take in the atmosphere before you saunter back.

Prices start at £500 for a 1950s diesel railcar seating up to 50 passengers. Please call us if you wish to increase the number of passengers or wish to discuss options for chartering a diesel or steam locomotive.

Start your journey at Duffield and enjoy the views of the countryside before arriving at Wirksworth. Take in the atmosphere there for a while before heading back.

Prices start from £650 for a 1950s diesel railcar seating up to 50 passengers. Please call us if you wish to increase capacity or charter a diesel or steam locomotive.

Please call us on 01629 823076 to discuss your requirements.

How to Pay

For charter trains, we ask for a £35 deposit if your visit does not include catering or £100 deposit if it does include catering.

Balance payment can be made in advance of the day when final numbers are confirmed or on the day if preferred. Coach tour operators may pay on invoice with 14 day terms by producing a 'voucher' on arrival.

Combine with a meal...

No visit is complete without combining it with one of our superb meal options for groups. These options can be taken in the Station Café at Wirksworth or in our Countryman Dining car (subject to availability).

Sandwiches, scone with jam and cream and a hot drink

£9.95 a head supplement

Sandwiches, crisps, pork pie, scotch egg and a hot drink

£12.95 a head supplement

Fizz reception with a traditional stand comprising of sandwiches, cakes, scones with jam and cream and other fancies, hot drinks

£22.00 a head supplement

Traditional or vegetarian Ploughman's lunch with strawberries and cream or jam roly poly

£19.50 a head supplement

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