Barrow Hill Engine Shed

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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 names Staveley Roundhouse
General information
Status Listed Building, Museum
Type Roundhouse
Town or city Barrow Hill, Derbyshire
Country England
Coordinates 53°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 tenants Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society
Opened 1870
Renovated 1998
Cost £16,445 4s 9d
Client Midland Railway
Owner Chesterfield Borough Council
Design and construction
Main contractor I.E. Hall

Barrow Hill Roundhouse & Railway Centre, until 1948 known as Staveley Roundhouse & Train Centre, is a former Midland Railway roundhouse in Barrow Hill, near Staveley and Chesterfield, Derbyshire (grid reference SK413754).


Staveley Roundhouse was built to a standard Midland Railway square shed design in 1870.[1] 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 2 listed by the Department of the Environment in February 1991. 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 round house 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.[4][5]


The roundhouse in March 2011

Note: only preserved locomotives are listed below. There are also various locomotives either stored or under repair, which are owned by mainline operating companies.


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

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