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Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43 2PR
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Barrow Hill is Britain's last surviving working Roundhouse - a truly enthralling and atmospheric place to be.
Run by Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society, this group of dedicated rail enthusiasts rescued the place from dereliction in 1991 from British Rail, who had no further use for the buildings and nearby railway yards.
Throughout each year the special galas feature working steam and diesel locomotives, which are often joined by a variety of visiting modern diesel locomotives off the mainline. Trade stands, catering and a free bus service from Chesterfield railway station all go together to make for a great visit. Visitors by the thousand now make Barrow Hill’s special events regular dates in their diary.
Of course, no trip to the Roundhouse would be complete without a ride on the train, and the organisers of all the special events make sure 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.