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Barrow Hill Roundhouse Gala Open Day

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Join Barrow Hill Roundhouse for a Gala Open Day, a celebration of the much anticipated 150th +2 years birthday of the UK’s last surviving operational railway roundhouse.

In a sentimental nod to the past, the 150+2 Gala will be a celebration of the British Railways-era Open Days which took place at the Roundhouse in the 1970s and early 1980s.

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Highlights include:

GWR 1500 class 0-6-0PT shunting engine 1501, the sole survivor of its class, in steam and working the Barrow Hill shuttle trains from Roundhouse Halt up the Springwell branch line.  Our thanks go to the 1501 Pannier Tank Association and Severn Valley Railway for providing the engine for the Gala.

Midland Railway 158A Class 156 2-4-0, from the National Collection, will be on display alongside Midland Railway Compound 1000, the first time for many years that the two Midland Railway locomotives will have been seen together.  Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society, the charity responsible for the Roundhouse, has signed a three-year loan agreement with the National Railway Museum to enable the locomotive to go on static public display here. The locomotive was previously at Locomotion in Shildon, where it had been receiving conservation work and asbestos remediation. It has strong historic ties to the region; it was designed by William Kirtley and built at Derby in 1866 before being withdrawn in 1947.

GB Railfreight’s Class 69 69003 will be named “The Railway Observer” by the Railway Correspondence & Travel Society during the Gala weekend.

The following diesel locomotives will also be visiting the Roundhouse during the Gala:

  • Classes 08, 20 & 37 – courtesy of Harry Needle Railroad Company
  • Class 37 – courtesy of Colas Rail
  • Class 37 – courtesy of Rail Operations Group
  • Class 46 46010 – courtesy of Mr Mike Newton
  • Class 50 5008 – courtesy of Hanson & Hall Rail Services
  • Class 56 – courtesy of DCRail.
  • Class 66 66726 “Sheffield Wednesday” – courtesy of GB Railfreight
  • Class 67 – courtesy of DB Cargo

They will be joined by the Roundhouse’s resident locomotives including:

  • Class 45 45060 and 45105 (newly painted) – courtesy of Pioneer Diesel Group
  • The Baby Deltic Project’s D5910 – on display on the turntable
  • Classes 81, 82, 83, 85 & 89 – courtesy of The AC Locomotive Group

The Roundhouse’s Class 02 D2868 and Class 07 07012, owned by Mr James Williams and Mr Victor Korzienwicz, will operate brake van rides in the Roundhouse yard.  The Roundhouse’s Class 03 03066 will support GWR 1501 on the passenger train services.

The Deltic Preservation Society Depot will also be open throughout the Gala weekend.

A variety of railway society stands and trade stalls, food and drink outlets, a range of children’s activities and historical enactments of Roundhouse characters will complete the celebrations of 152 extraordinary years of this unique railway building.  There will also be a free shuttle bus service from Chesterfield railway station operating on all three days of the Gala.

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