Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre

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After many years of hard work by dedicated volunteers, the magnificent Midland Railway Roundhouse at Barrow Hill that faced certain demolition (it was saved 2 days before it was due to be demolished and is now a listed building!) is now a very interesting railway centre. We hope you will find something to interest you during your visit to the site of Britain's last operational roundhouse.

Our very first open weekend was held in July 1998. A regular events calendar has evolved giving great pleasure to visitors of all ages. We extend a very big thankyou to all those who have helped us during this very exciting and difficult project. The results are now there for all to see. We went on to win the Heritage Railway Association award in 1998 for an outstanding contribution to railway preservation.
Now home to the new Deltic Preservation Society Museum/Depot!

Venue Type:

Museum, Transport heritage site, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Open every weekend to visitors, 10am-4.00pm. Our shop, cafe and archive room will be open, along with the Roundhouse itself.

Please see the events listing for further details.

Closed: Christmas day, Boxing day, New Years Day.

Admission charges

Free admission on non-event weekends but a donation is welcomed. For prices of open days please call, email or see website.

Additional info

Visits can sometimes be arranged during the week - call Mervyn (General Manager) for more details.

For an events leaflet/to be added to our mailing list, please call or email us!

We have over 60 diesel, steam and electric locomotives on the site, and more are brought in for the Steam and Diesel galas.

Our archive room is full of books, videos, magazines, photographs and much more, which have all been kindly donated to the Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society.

Collection details

Architecture, Archives, Industry, Land Transport

Key artists and exhibits

  • This centre is Britain's last remaining operational roundhouse, built originally to house steam locomotives.
  • The famous Kolhapur engines is a permanent resident in the Roundhouse.
  • BHESS are striving to rebuild this important historical, architectural and unique site back to its original glory. The platfom, running line and 'smoke hoods' have been reinstated, and funding has recently been secured and used to complete the construction of a new maintenance/running shed on the site!

Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre
Campbell Drive
Barrow Hill
S43 2PR




01246 472450


01246 472450

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