Following The A1 Steam Trust's convention on Saturday 9th October (for which Barrow Hill is closed to the public), Tornado
will be in action on the demonstration line during the Roundhouse Open Day on Sunday 10th October. This unique building served the Staveley area and the ironworks in particular. In 1989 Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society had been formed with the intention of saving from demolition the Roundhouse on the site of the soon to be closed British Rail engine shed. Behind the scenes this preservation attempt was going on but no visible signs to the passer-by were evident. In fact quite the opposite since following closure in 1991 the site was suffering heavily as a result of vandalism and neglect and was starting to appear ready for demolition.
Following many months of work by dedicated volunteers the site was slowly cleared of vegetation. Stolen track was replaced and the entire site was made secure. A major cleanup commenced. Remarkably the 24 roads around the turntable were still in situ and intact. Inside the Roundhouse can be seen what is believed to be the only remaining set of timber locomotive lifting sheer legs. This lifting arrangement was deemed illegal in 1964 when the construction (lifting regulations) Act was made law. These will be returned to working order and retained as a demonstration feature. The Roundhouse is a remarkable survivor and simply exudes atmosphere - come and enjoy it!
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Tornado on the turntable inside Barrow Hill roundhouse - Clive Hanley