Barrow Hill Engine Shed

Barrow Hill Roundhouse, until 1948 known as Staveley Engine Shed, is a former Midland Railway roundhouse in Barrow Hill, near Staveley and Chesterfield, Derbyshire (grid reference SK413754), now serving as a railway heritage centre.

Barrow Hill Engine Shed
Barrow Hill Locomotives in Roundhouse.jpg
A mix of steam, diesel and electric locomotives facing the roundhouse turntable
Barrow Hill Engine Shed is located in Derbyshire
Barrow Hill Engine Shed
Barrow Hill Engine Shed shown within Derbyshire
Alternative namesStaveley Roundhouse
General information
StatusListed Building, Museum
Town or cityBarrow Hill, Derbyshire
Coordinates53°16′28.00″N 1°22′54.50″W / 53.2744444°N 1.3818056°W / 53.2744444; -1.3818056Coordinates: 53°16′28.00″N 1°22′54.50″W / 53.2744444°N 1.3818056°W / 53.2744444; -1.3818056
Current tenantsBarrow Hill Engine Shed Society
Cost£16,445 4s 9d
ClientMidland Railway
OwnerChesterfield Borough Council
Design and construction
Main contractorI.E. Hall
Listed Building – Grade II
Official nameEngine Shed 200 metres west of Campbell Drive (in unnamed road)
Designated5 February 1991
Reference no.1140134


Staveley Roundhouse was built to a standard Midland Railway square shed design in 1870[1] with a central turntable under cover. After 1948 it became known as Barrow Hill so as not to confuse it with the ex-Great Central shed nearby. It was operational from 1870 until 9 February 1991.[2]

The last shed foreman was Pete Hodges and the last person to sign on at Barrow Hill was Joe Denston for the up sidings preparer.[3] The last locomotives to use the shed on its final day of operation were four diesels. Class 58, number 58 016 came on shed at 11:00. Class 58, number 58 027 came on shed at 11:30 and coupled up to 58016. Both Class 58s left for Worksop at 11:40. Class 20, numbers 20 197 and 20 073 arrived on shed at 12:00. Both Class 20 locomotives left for Worksop at 12:10, driven by driver Bob Hill.


  • Midland Railway: M24
  • London Midland & Scottish: 18D
  • British Railways Eastern region: 41E
  • British Railways: BH (end of steam, 4 October 1965)


After closure, the building was heavily vandalised. After lobbying of the local council, the building was Grade II listed by the Department of the Environment in February 1991.[4] Following negotiations with the British Railways Property Board, Chesterfield Borough Council became the new owners of the shed and nearby yard on 20 December 1996.

The council subsequently granted a recurring maintenance lease to the Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society, who secured and refurbished the site, including renewal of the original 1870 roundhouse glass roof, except for one section. Funding was provided by the council, Derbyshire County Council, the Transport Trust, North Derbyshire Training and Enterprise Council, European Regional Development Fund and the Government SRB fund. The site reopened to the public in July 1998.

Today, still retaining its connection to the UK national rail network through Network Rail, it is the home to many preserved British railway locomotives. The Harry Needle Railroad Company also store and maintain a number of operational lease locomotives on site. As well as the main roundhouse building, Barrow Hill is also home to the former Pinxton Signal box. Relocated after closure, it has since been refurbished and fitted out as per a typical day in its last year of use for Network Rail.[5][6]


The Roundhouse in March 2011

Note: Only preserved locomotives are listed below. There are also various locomotives either stored or under repair that are not listed here, which are owned by commercial entities on site.

  • Diesel locomotives
    • Drewry Car Co. 0-4-0 no. 2589 Harry. Built in 1956.
    • BR 0-4-0 DH Class 02 no. 02003 (D2853) in BR Green. Built in 1960
    • BR 0-4-0 DH Class 02 no. D2868 in BR Green. Built in 1960
    • BR 0-6-0 DM Class 03 no. 03066 (D2066) in BR Blue. Built in 1959
    • BR 0-6-0 DE Class 07 no. 07012 (D2996) in BR Blue. Built in 1962
    • BR 0-6-0 DHClass 10 no. D4092 in BR Green. Built in 1962
    • BR Bo-Bo Class 23 "Baby Deltic" no. D5910. New-build, launched in September 2010, re-creating an example of a long-lost class using body components from no. 37372[7]
    • BR Bo-Bo Class 26 no. 26007 (D5300) in Railfreight Red Stripe. Built in 1958
    • BR Bo-Bo Class 27 no. 27066 (D5386/27103) in BR Blue. Built in 1962
    • BR Bo-Bo Class 33 no. 33035 (D6553) in BR Blue. Built in 1961. (Owned by Pioneer Diesel Locomotive Group)
    • BR Bo-Bo Class 33 no. 33108 (D6521) in BR Blue. Built in 1960. Currently on loan to Severn Valley Railway (Owned by 33/1 Preservation Company)
    • BR 1Co-Co1 Class 40 no. D213 (40013) Andania in BR Green. Built in 1959. (Currently on loan to Locomotive Services Limited, Crewe DMD)
    • BR 1Co-Co1 Class 45 no. 45060 (D100) Sherwood Forester in BR Blue. Built in 1961. (Owned by Pioneer Diesel Locomotive Group)
    • BR 1Co-Co1 Class 45 no. 45105 (D86) in BR Blue. Built in 1961. (Owned by Pioneer Diesel Locomotive Group)
    • BR Co-Co Class 55 no. D9009 (55009) Alycidon in BR Blue. Built in 1961. (Owned by Deltic Preservation Society)
    • BR Co-Co Class 55 no. D9015 (55015) Tulyar in BR Green. Built in 1961. (Owned by Deltic Preservation Society)
    • BR Co-Co Class 55 no. 55019 (D9019) Royal Highland Fusilier in BR Blue. Built in 1961. (Owned by Deltic Preservation Society)

Rail-Ale FestivalEdit

There is an annual beer festival held at Barrow Hill Roundhouse. The CAMRA held event is held in May each year and attracts brewers of beer, ales, lagers ciders and other drinks from around the country. The event hosts live music and there are 350 real ales, ciders and craft beers, along with a prosecco and gin bar. During the event, a train operates to give rides to visitors. [8]


  • Hawkins, Chris; Reeve, George (1981). LMS Engine Sheds Vol 2: The Midland Railway. Upper Bucklebury: Wild Swan Publications. ISBN 0-906867-05-3.
  • Kaye, A. R. (1988). North Midland and Peak District Railways in the Steam Age. 2. Chesterfield: Lowlander Publications. ISBN 0 946930 09 0.

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