Lottery supremo to lead Barrow Hill relaunch

BARROW Hill roundhouse will reinforce its position as one of the unique gems of the heritage sector when it is relaunched after a £1.2 million refurbishment.

Sir Peter Luff, chairman to the Board of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund, will visit Britain’s last remaining rail-connected steam roundhouse on Thursday, September 21, to officially open the new entrance to the former Staveley Midland shed.

The new Lottery-funded showpiece glass visitors’ entrance to Britain’s sole-surviving operational roundhouse. BHESS

Afterwards, a Grand Reopening Gala will run from Friday, September 22, to Sunday, September 24. As previously reported, it will be something of a repeat of last September’s hugely-successful Pacific Power event on the Severn Valley Railway, featuring LNER A3 Pacific No. 60103 Flying Scotsman and A1 Peppercorn Pacific No. 60163 Tornado.

It will be the first visit of Flying Scotsman to the roundhouse since a BR open day in 1974. Furthermore, visiting locomotives from DRS, Colas, GBRf and DB Cargo are also expected.

Doors open at 9am, with the last entry at 3pm. Tickets are adults £22, under 16s £11, under fives free, and a family of four £53.

Read more in Issue 232 of Heritage Railway – on sale now!

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The winners will be able to see all the attractions, plus ride behind the two icons of steam.

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The closing date is September 8, with UK entries only accepted.

Right: Replica smoke hoods allow real steam around the Barrow Hill turntable!

 

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