Barrow Hill Roundhouse

03189 on the Barrow Hill Open Day shuttle of 4th October 1981   Peter Hall

Barrow Hill Roundhouse is the last surviving railway roundhouse in the United Kingdom with an operational turntable. Built in 1870, it was threatened with demolition in 1991 when the site was closed by British Rail.  It was saved by a group of dedicated volunteers who have transformed it into a unique railway museum and events venue.

As well as the turntable and shear legs (lifting gear), it has a changing display of steam and diesel locomotives and other rolling stock, an operational signal box, the Roundhouse Halt platform and Springwell Branch running line.  Interpretative displays using items from the Museum’s own collection bring the fascinating story of the Roundhouse and the surrounding area vividly to life.

The Roundhouse has an exciting calendar of events throughout the year including regular favourites such as the Rail Ale Beer & Music Festival and a series of weekend themed activities for all the family.  Details of forthcoming events can be found on our What’s On page.

Barrow Hill is also home to the Deltic Preservation Society's maintenance depot and museum, adjacent to the Roundhouse. The Deltic Preservation Society's depot is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm, and during some of Barrow Hill's special events.

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06002 stabled at Markinch between duties on the Auchmuty branch.   Ian Addison

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