The circular engine shed, or roundhouse, was once one of the most common structures on the railway but over the years hundreds have been demolished, leaving the one at Barrow Hill in Derbyshire as the only example still working and in anything like original condition, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes.

barrow hill roundhouse

Above: Stanier ‘8F’ 2-8-0 48182 awaits its next move at Barrow Hill in October 2005 as LNER ‘J15’ 0-6-0 65466 approaches with a short demonstration goods. Mike Wild.


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