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