Barrow Hill Roundhouse Museum, Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Britains only surviving operational Roundhouse Engine Shed
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Grand Reopening Gala - Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September 2017

This gala marks the completion of the Heritage Lottery Fund supported £1.2 million restoration of the Roundhouse and stars two icons of steam, the National Railway Museum’s A3 60103 Flying Scotsman and A1 60163 Tornado.  This will be the first visit to the Roundhouse by Flying Scotsman since a British Railways Open Day in 1974.  It will also be the first opportunity for many to get up close to the locomotive alongside her sister East Coast racehorse, the 100mph Tornado - recently the subject of a BBC4 documentary - against the unique and authentic backdrop of the Roundhouse. LMS Jinty Fowler 3F No 47406 completes the line up of steam locomotives. 
Throughout the gala both Flying Scotsman and Tornado will haul passenger trains from the platform at Barrow Hill Halt up the Springwell branch line, supported by the Jinty.  There will be brake van rides in the yard with the assistance of the Roundhouse’s Class 03 shunter.  Visitors will also be able to enjoy the new exhibitions and interactive displays, featuring many items in the Roundhouse museum collection that have never been seen in public before.  The new Roundhouse shop will open its doors for the first time, selling unique Barrow Hill mementos.  There will be merchandise stands in the Roundhouse selling a wide range of railway memorabilia and gifts.  The new Roundhouse café, a real ale bar and other catering outlets will serve visitors a wide range of refreshments and drinks.

Admission for advance ticket holders is from 9.00am.  Admission for on-the-day ticket holders is from 10.30am. Last entry for all ticket holders is 3.00pm.

There is plenty of free parking at the Roundhouse and the nearby Staveley Works and a mini bus shuttle service will also run between the Roundhouse and the further car parks. Visitors should follow the event parking signs from the A619.   For those coming by rail, there will be a free bus service from Chesterfield railway station Click here for timetable.

“Down the Line” – Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd September

Flying Scotsman will be one of the stars of this brand new play written by Kevin Fegan and directed by Carole Copeland.  “Down the Line” has been specially commissioned for the relaunch celebrations and is supported by The Arts Council.   The show will involve a cast of professional actors and local people, including a community choir and Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Brass Band.  The audience will be an integral part of the play as they follow the drama in and around the Roundhouse building.  The play tells the story of Barrow Hill from the coming of the railways to the present day and our guide is a fictional Site Foreman, "Shunter", whose family have lived in the area for generations. 

Please note that Act 1 of the play will be taking place outside so visitors should dress accordingly for a September evening.  There is plenty of free parking on site and a bar will be open before and during the performances.

Doors open at 6.30pm, performances commence at 7.30pm and finish at 9.30pm.


Grand Reopening Gala

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Children (16 and under, under 5s free)


Family (two adults and two children)


“Down the Line”

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Children (16 and under)


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.

Vacancies at Barrow Hill Roundhouse

Position: Learning and Access Officer
Organisation: Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society
Location: Barrow Hill Roundhouse, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43 2PR
Closing date: 15th September 2017
Job Type: FT Maternity Cover (1 year fixed contract)

Click here for full job description

To apply for this post, please send a CV and covering statement describing how your skills, knowledge and experience match those described in the job description and person specification to Glynn Wilton, Project Manager on by 5pm on Friday 15th September.
This post is due to commence on Monday 4th December.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the post further, please contact Glynn Wilton on the email above.

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.

The Barrow Hill social evenings have moved to a temporary new location...

With effect from Thursday 21 July 2016, the Barrow Hill social evenings are moving to a new location:

The meeting room at Hollingwood Hub, next to the Chesterfield Canal just down the road from the Roundhouse.

This is because of the HLF funded renovation work that will be commencing shortly. Start times, entry prices and talk details remain unchanged. Parking is available at Hollingwood Hub.

Click here to view a full list of talks and presentations on our social calendar.