Welcome to Barrow Hill, Britain's last surviving working Roundhouse...
Whatever your memories of Britain’s railways you’ll be amazed at what you can see at Barrow Hill and its preserved Roundhouse.
Throughout each year the galas feature working steam and diesel locomotives, which are often joined by a variety of visiting steam and modern diesel locomotives off the main line.
On special event days 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. Trade stands, catering and a free bus service from Chesterfield railway station all go together to create a great day out.
Visitors by the thousand now make Barrow Hill's special events regular dates in their diary
Barrow Hill is also home to the Deltic Preservation Society's maintenance depot and museum, adjacent to the Roundhouse.
The Deltic Preservation Society's depot is open on Saturdays 10am-4pm, and during some of Barrow Hill's special events.
Changes to social calendar this week...
Due to unforeseen circumstances this Thursday's speaker, Mike Eggenton, is unable to be with us to present East Coast: York to The North.
In Mike's place we welcome Frank Greaves who will present a selection of images by the late Keith Pirt, held by the Bassetlaw Railway Society. Most of the images are from the Retford area in the steam era. Keith was a well known photographer and has had numerous pictorial books published.
Sincere apologies for this late change to the programme.
Click here to view a full list of talks and presentations on our social calendar.
Thank you to everyone who came to Rail Ale 2016.
It was a fantastic celebration of 15 years of the Festival and we hope you enjoyed the party as much as we did!
There are lots of people we must also thank, without whom there would be no Rail Ale. Firstly to our magnificent volunteers behind the bars, clearing rubbish, handing out programmes, checking tickets, serving food, driving the steam train, looking after our visitors and 1001 other tasks to enable the Festival to run smoothly. To our sponsors for their support and promotion of Rail Ale, all the breweries for supplying great beer and the stall holders who kept everyone fed and supplied with Rail Ale t-shirts and drinking horns! To our ticket outlets across the region for their help over several months promoting Rail Ale and encouraging everyone to join the party. To the local CAMRA branches, particularly Chesterfield, for their support. To Chesterfield Tourist Information Centre for their promotion of the Festival and to everyone else who 'spread the word'. Last but not least to the small band of merry men and women who spend 12 months of every year working to bring you Rail Ale.
Thank you everyone and see you next year at Rail Ale 2017!
WE ARE NOW RECRUITING...
Following the news of our successful HLF grant we are now recruiting a Project Manager and Learning & Access Officer for the project.
Please CLICK HERE for more information on these two exciting roles and how to apply. The closing date for applications is Monday 23rd May 2016.
HLF East Midlands News Release
Thursday 18 March 2016
National Lottery grant boost for last surviving engine roundhouse
Britain’s only surviving operational railway roundhouse is set for a major revamp after the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) confirmed funding of £1,170,600.
Click here to read the full press release...
Click here to visit our Heritage Lottery Fund page for more information on our Moving Forward project.