Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre, Chesterfield

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Barrow Hill Roundhouse is the last surviving railway roundhouse in the United Kingdom with an operational turntable. Built in 1870, it was threatened with demolition in 1991 when the site was closed by British Rail. It was saved by a group of dedicated volunteers who have transformed it into a premier railway venue.

The Roundhouse is open to the general public every weekend except during the Christmas and New Year holiday period. It is also the venue for several major events every year and attracts over 30,000 visitors annually. As well as the turntable and unique sheer legs (lifting gear), it has a changing display of steam and diesel locomotives and other rolling stock, a collection of artefacts and memorabilia, and an operational signal box and short running line. The Roundhouse was awarded Museum Accreditation by the Museums Libraries and Archives Council in 2010. Barrow Hill Roundhouse is also home to the Deltic Preservation Society.

The site is connected to the national railway network and this has encouraged several commercial rail companies to base their activities at Barrow Hill, generating over 40 jobs and making a valuable contribution to the local economy. Clients include Network Rail, DRS, VSOE (operators of the Orient Express), Freightliner, Harry Needle Railroad Company, Colas, NewRail (railway research facility affiliated to Newcastle University) and Intertrain.

With good rail and road connections, a large car park and on-site catering, the Roundhouse is a popular choice for railway industry demonstrations and product launches. It is also an interesting and different venue for corporate away days.
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  • A super space that celebrates British railway history and we should be thankful it wasn't closed and demolished when British Rail had no further use for it. Part of the complex is off limits as that i...  more »
  • Went to the reopening enjoyed the two main trains it was money well spent. Good for photos turntable interesting.  more »
  • We've been to the roundhouse several times but yesterday was our first visit post refurbishment. We visited on the Christmas family fun day which made our visit even better with lots of craft activiti...  more »
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  • This is great for both steam and diesel enthusiasts who like to see the locomotives being worked on and maintained. The Deltic shed only opens on Saturday though but is well worth a look. It only costs £3 to get in.
  • If you like railways and locomotives and around the Chesterfield area don't miss this. Only three quid to get in which is a bargain. Also has a very nice cafe and they do a mean chip cob too.
  • Lovely family day out. We went on a special Easter event with crafts and shunter rides, but there's lots to see & do on normal days too. Fantastic, reasonably priced cafe on site too.
  • Recently renovated, the roundhouse has a fantastic selection of locomotives, museum and access to the Deltic Preservation Society. Well worth a visit. On site cafe serves good quality food to kick start your day wandering around the steam and heritage diesel locos.
  • Whenever I have been I have always found it fascinating looking at all the Engines. Loved Rarities Diesel Gala 2015!
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