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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  • Being an ex driver and local I can recommend this place to all railway enthusiasts it's now run by volunteers and a trust which is a credit to them all they also have a website which is well worth loo...  more »
  • Very atmospheric and historic old building containing a working turntable and a large collection of steam locomotives. We were here for the excellent Rail Ale festival which is a great 'boys with toys...  more »
  • According to website, the site (currently closed for building work) "reopens temporarily for Rail Ale". Although the roundhouse itself was open, with 4 steam locos in place but obscured by Rail Ale ma...  more »
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  • Brilliant place for older children we took our 5 year old grandson he loved it climbing up and down the steps asking lots of questions which my husband (train enthusiasts) also loved! I also enjoyed the nostalgia and history. We had a great reasonably priced meal for all 3 of us under £18. An excellent day out.
  • If you like steam trains you will love it here. Was fortunate to visit when the Tornado and Flying Scotsman were there. Brilliant.
  • A Meca for any Railway Buff...Plenty to see and do. Very reasonable entrance fee, very friendly folks. Go off "season" for a quieter experience
  • What a fabulous performance of 'Down the line'. Congratulations to all involved! The writer has really captured the Chesterfield I grew up in.
  • If you love old trains, then this is place for you and the family. Enjoy the last working turntable in the UK, grab a bite to eat in the new cafe and take home a souvenir from the shop.

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