Barrow Hill

Barrow Hill was a fascinating area to the North of Chesterfield, rich in railway and industrial history. The Midland Railway opened a shed there in 1870, which served the nearby steel works and collieries for over a hundred years. With the de-industrialisation of the area and in particular the run-down of the coal industry, traffic dwindled and the shed was closed by British Rail in 1991. This page shows a variety of views over the last decade of BR operation of the depot and then into the depot's new era as a successful commercial operation.

Open days at Barrow Hill were always great fun. Usually the first weekend of October, they included a number of highlights such as a Deltic, a Class 76, a Class 13 and, of course, a chance to ride behind (or even in!) one of the depot's Class 03s. Passengers boarded via wooden steps round the back of the depot and travelled to the end of the headshunt in a Mark 1 BSK carriage. What a delight! 03129 is seen doing the honours on October 3rd 1982. Photo: Alan Jones.
Open days at Barrow Hill were always great fun. Usually the first weekend of October, they included a number of highlights such as a Deltic, a Class 76, a Class 13 and, of course, a chance to ride behind (or even in!) one of the depot's Class 03s. Passengers boarded via wooden steps round the back of the depot and travelled to the end of the headshunt in a Mark 1 BSK carriage. What a delight! 03129 is seen doing the honours on October 3rd 1982. Photo: Alan Jones.
1980s Scenes Around the Shed

The Last Week

The last week of BR operation of Barrow Hill started with one fifth of the Class 58 fleet on shed and ended with snow and freezing conditions.

 

Saturday 9th February 1991 - The Last Day of BR Operation

The New Era - Barrow Hill Roundhouse

Under the inspired and visionary leadership of Mervyn Allcock, Saturday 9th February 1991 was not the end for Barrow Hill. The depot is now a highly successful commercial operation which performs an important role not only in railway preservation but also in contemporary railway operation.

The Open Day on July 15th 2000 gave a wonderful opportunity for the Cambridge Branch's noted steam photographer Michael Smyth to create a series of views, inspired by Colin Gifford's style of photography, that might have come directly from the last years of steam.

 

Further visits to the Roundhouse show how the operation has developed at Barrow Hill