Barrow Hill Roundhouse Museum, Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Britains only surviving operational Roundhouse Engine Shed
Diesel Gala, Derbyshire, Rarities at Barrow Hill

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 and catering 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.

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Entry by donation.
Charges apply on special event days.
Cafe available for food and refreshments.
Please visit our shop selling railway memorabilia and souvenirs.

Our opening hours are Saturdays and Sundays 10.00am-4.00pm. Closed Monday to Friday, including Bank Holidays.

There is a diversion in place due to a road closure at Junction 29a of the M1; this will add approximately 10 minutes to your journey time if you use this route to reach the Roundhouse. This diversion will be in place until 31st March 2015.

Barrow Hill Social Evenings

Our popular Social Evenings return to the Roundhouse on 19th October 2017.

We are sorry to announce that Mervyn Allcock is not able to present 'Saving a Roundhouse' at the social evening on Thursday 19th October. However, we are pleased that Ian Beardsley has been able to step in at short notice to present 'Transport Photography in the Digital Era' - a varied range of subject matter, predominantly UK rail, including steam, diesel and electric traction throughout the country.

An additional Social Evening will be held on Thursday 1st February 2018, at which Mervyn will present 'Saving a Roundhouse'. Watch out for more information on the 2018 social evenings coming soon.

Our thanks go to the Chesterfield Canal Trust for allowing us to use their facilities at Hollingwood Hub during the HLF refurbishment work.

Click here to view a full list of the talks and presentations taking place for the remainder of 2017. Watch out for the details of the 2018 Social Evenings coming soon!


Arvato are Barrow Hill's first Top Link Sponsor to raise money for the moving forward project

Become a Roundhouse Top Link business sponsor . . .

Roundhouse Top Link is an exclusive group of 24 business sponsors – the number of ‘roads’ leading from the turntable.

Our first Top Link business sponsor is Arvato. Through recruiting more sponsors we hope to raise just over £40,000 of match funding for the Moving Forward project at Barrow Hill.

Please click here for more information.