THREE icons of British steam will meet for the first time when Barrow Hill Roundhouse celebrates its grand reopening on September 21-24.
To mark its relaunch after a £1.2million restoration, the unique Midland Railway roundhouse will host Gresley ‘A3’ No. 60103 Flying Scotsman, new-build Peppercorn ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado and the NRM’s replica of Stephenson’s Rocket.
The gathering is the centrepiece of a four-day event celebrating the completion of a comprehensive, but sympathetic, restoration of the Grade II-listed roundhouse, made possible by a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant.
Although Tornado is a regular visitor to Barrow Hill, Flying Scotsman is returning for the
first time since a BR open day in 1973, and Rocket is making a welcome comeback after a
September 21 will see the premiere of a specially commissioned play celebrating the incredible survival story of the Roundhouse, with live steam adding an exciting backdrop. The play will continue on the evenings of September 22-23.
Read more in the March issue of The RM – out now!