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On Shed - Barrow Hill


Most Heritage Lines have some sort of engine shed but only a very few of them have an original structure, usually they are a modern metal building. One of the exceptions is Barrow Hill near Stavely in the Midlands. Not only an original structure but the only surviving roundhouse in the UK. Completed in 1970 at a cost of £16,445 4s 9d. it was designed to house 24 engines with the tracks being accessed via a central turntable. The shed finall closed in 1991 and became an immediate target for preservation. After much back breaking work from an army of volounteers the doors opened for the first time in July 1998. From there it has gone from strength to sterength, hosting a=many special events in the following years.

Seen here are three of the British rail Standard Class engines around the turntable.

Britannia Class 70037, Herward the Wake, actually 70001 I think.

BR standard Class 4MT, 80135.

Br Standard Class 2 84019.

On Shed - Barrow Hill


Most Heritage Lines have some sort of engine shed but only a very few of them have an original structure, usually they are a modern metal building. One of the exceptions is Barrow Hill near Stavely in the Midlands. Not only an original structure but the only surviving roundhouse in the UK. Completed in 1970 at a cost of £16,445 4s 9d. it was designed to house 24 engines with the tracks being accessed via a central turntable. The shed finall closed in 1991 and became an immediate target for preservation. After much back breaking work from an army of volounteers the doors opened for the first time in July 1998. From there it has gone from strength to sterength, hosting a=many special events in the following years.

Seen here are three of the British rail Standard Class engines around the turntable.

Britannia Class 70037, Herward the Wake, actually 70001 I think.

BR standard Class 4MT, 80135.

Br Standard Class 2 84019.

comments (7)

  • zed
  • Australia
  • 20 Jun 2009, 01:22
Fantastic Les, it must have been so impressive to have actually been there
Les Auld: Not sure about impressive Zed, crowded it was so it was difficult to get good pictures. Thanks fr the comment.
  • graham pickett
  • United Kingdom( southsea hampshire)
  • 20 Jun 2009, 06:58
Wow!what a super capture,love this shot Les.Thanks.
Les Auld: Thanks Graham, appreciate the comment.
Great picture Les. 70001 was Lord Hurcombe or has there been some identity theft going on?

Years ago we went to Tyseley in Birmingham which had a huge roundhouse. I can't recall if they managed to preserve it. They still have open days and Tornado will be there at the end of June
Les Auld: 70001 was indeed Lord Hurcombe Bill, but, due to a typing error this should have read 70000 Britannia, now being restored at the Railway Centre in Crewe.

It is a few years since I was at Tysley, I lived about two miles away for many years and spent many a happy Sunday there. Thanks for the comment.
I love old engines Les and there's some fine ones here. Well captured
Les Auld: Up early and a round trip of 250 miles to capture it though, thanks for the comment Pam.
I guess Bill has had his Ian Allen out Les, I know he still has it, as do I mine. A great image that had to be in B&W. Considering this isn't far from me I really out to get there one day.
Les Auld: Unfortunately mine disappeared when I moved to Birmingham, although I do have a reproduction one. Thanks for the comment.
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Jun 2009, 18:50
I don't think that there were that many roundhouses int he UK originally, were there, Les? There one in North London which is now (or was) a club but I'm not aware of any more. Glad to here that this has survived. I think 80135 needs to come forward so that her smoke goes up the vent!
Les Auld: Most were parallel road sheds Alan, the ones that come to mind are Old Oak Common, Tysley, Hull dairycoates had an "Open Air Roundhouse", Leeds Neville Hill and Sunderland. I'm sure there were some others as well.

Thanks for the comment.
Great composition ... it's so fascinating that I might well try and make a visit to theplace.
Stavely ... where exactly is that Les?
richard
Les Auld: Just off the A619 towards Chesterfield Richard. Thanks for the comment.

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