Britain's last working Roundhouse is a mere 17 miles away from the Hope Valley

barrow_hill_3Whatever your memories of Britain’s railways you’ll be amazed at what you can see at Barrow Hill and its preserved Roundhouse.

Run by the Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society, this group of dedicated rail enthusiasts rescued the place from dereliction in 1991, obtaining it from British Rail, who had no further use for the buildings and nearby railway yards.

barrow_hill_2Throughout each year the special galas feature working steam and diesel locomotives, which are often joined by a variety of visiting modern diesel locomotives off the mainline. Trade stands, catering and a free bus service from Chesterfield railway station all go together to make for a great visit. Visitors by the thousand now make Barrow Hill’s special events regular dates in their diary.

barrow_hill_4Of course, no trip to the Roundhouse would be complete without a ride on the train, and the organisers of all the special events make sure train rides are available, pulled by either a steam or diesel locomotive from ‘Roundhouse Halt’, a purpose-built platform. Trains travel around the depot and up the Springwell branch.

The Barrowhill Roundhouse organises a range of activities throughout the year. From their steam open days to the Santa Train and the wide variety of lectures, there is sure to be something to interest everyone.

Click here to be directed to the Barrowhill Roundhouse Website

pictures and text ©barrowhill engine shed society

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