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Join the celebrations to mark the reopening of Barrow Hill Roundhouse near Chesterfield after its £1.2 million Heritage Lottery Fund supported restoration.

Two amazing events have been organised to mark this latest chapter in the incredible story of the survival and success of Britain’s only surviving railway roundhouse.

The Grand Reopening Steam Gala commences on Friday 22nd September, continuing on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September. The gala will star 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 BR 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.  Entry to the event will include a train ride behind these locos.

Entry also includes free parking and mini bus shuttle service, free bus service from Chesterfield Railway station, food stalls, merchandise stands, exhibitions and interactive displays and entry to the Deltic Preservation Society Depot.

“Flying Scotsman” will be also be one of the stars of “Down the Line”, the play commissioned specially for the relaunch.  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.

There is plenty of free parking on site and a bar will be open before and during the performances.

Advance tickets are on sale through See below for links to book tickets. We are now also offering a ‘Pay on the Gate’ option for each day of the Grand Reopening Gala.  However, please note that it is still cheaper to buy advance tickets.  Another advantage is that Advance ticket holders will be able to gain admission from 9.00am.  Pay on the Gate ticket holders will not be admitted until 10.30am.  Last entry for all ticket holders is 3.00pm.  Tickets are priced as follows:


Pay on the Gate





Children (16 and under, under 5s free)



Family (two adults and two children)



A ‘Pay on the Gate’ option for “Down the Line” is now also available.  Doors and bar open at 6.30pm, performances commence at 7.30pm and finish at 9.30pm. Tickets are priced as follows:


Pay on the Gate





Children (16 and under)



*includes a booking fee.

Tickets for the Celebration Steam Gala and “Down the Line” are on sale now...

To book tickets for The Grand Re-opening Gala Click Here

To book tickets for the Community Play "Down The Line" Click Here

Booking Line: 0871 230 5538


(Calls cost 13p per minute plus network extras)

Down the Line leaflet

Rail Ale Festival at Barrow Hill Roundhouse

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.