EXCLUSIVE: Robin Jones
Flying Scotsman and Tornado are to head a four-day celebration to mark the grand reopening of Barrow Hill roundhouse following the £1.2 million Heritage Lottery Fund-backed restoration of the former Staveley Midland shed.
The showpiece celebration between Thursday, September 21 and Sunday, September 24 will also feature the National Railway Museum’s working replica of Stephenson’s Rocket and will build on last September’s phenomenally successful Pacific Power event on the Severn Valley Railway. More than 45,000 people turned out to see the world’s most famous locomotive of the 20th century run with that of the 21st, making it one of the most successful events of its kind in UK preservation history.
It will be Flying Scotsman’s first visit to the roundhouse since a BR Open Day in 1973, while Rocket is returning 12 years after it took part in the celebration of George Stephenson’s connections with Chesterfield in 2005.
Although Flying Scotsman has been seen in Derbyshire since the completion of its long-running overhaul in 2016, this will be the first opportunity for many in the region to get up close to the locomotive alongside its sister East Coast Main Line racehorse Tornado, seen against the unique and authentic backdrop of the Grade 2-listed roundhouse.
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