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Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre

Address : Campbell Drive
Address : Staveley
Town/City : Chesterfield
County : Derbyshire
Country : England
Post code : S43 2PR
Phone : 01246 472450
Web Site :  www.barrowhill.org

Leander at the Steam Gala 2006World famous steam locomotive Flying Scotsman to lead relaunch celebrations in September

Steeped in Midland Railway history, the former steam Roundhouse was built in 1870 to house the locomotives that served the nearby Staveley Works.

Locomotive development and technology moved forward rapidly after the Second World War and the last of hundreds of steam locomotives which had worked from Barrow Hill finally left in 1965. They were replaced by diesels which hauled huge numbers of coal trains from the nearby North Derbyshire coalfields.

By the late 1980s, however, coal's future as a major fuel source was in decline. The future looked bleak for the Barrow Hill depot and in 1991 British Rail decided to close it. On 9th February of that year the depot closed its doors and 121 years of continuous use finally came to an end.

And that would have been the end of the story, were it not for a group of dedicated railway preservationists led by Mervyn Allcock. They persuaded Chesterfield Borough Council to have the building listed to prevent its demolition. Chesterfield Council then purchased the site and organised the necessary major repairs before leasing it to the newly formed Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society.

Today, Barrow Hill attracts thousands of visitors to its special events, often featuring working steam and diesel locomotives. No visit would be complete without a ride on the train from the purpose-built station and platform, which is also used as the starting point or destination for excursion trains using the UK national rail network.

In 2016 the Roundhouse was awarded £1.2 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund for its exciting "Moving Forward" project...

All work to the Roundhouse building has been completed, including work to repair the wall cap and install flashing, clean and paint all the roof steelwork and the internal walls and renew the external lime mortar pointing where needed.

The new entrance building is complete, new signage has been installed at the car park entrance and provision for disabled parking has been made in the new car park. The learning and meeting area of the Roundhouse is also finished. The existing blue brick floor has been lifted, underfloor heating installed and the floor replaced. The low ceiling has been removed and replaced with a new higher level ceiling and a projector and screen installed for use by school groups and other meetings. Storage, coat hooks and 'bag bins' for schools have been provided. A timeline display depicting the life of the immediate area and the Roundhouse, in relation to historic events, is now in place along with some large black and white images taken from the Roundhouse collection.


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