By Ben Jones
BARROW Hill Roundhouse will reopen to the public later this month after a £1.2million restoration, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
A real coup for the Barrow Hill team will be the visit of Sir Peter Luff, chairman to the board of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), on September 21 to view the restoration work and officially open the new entrance building at the unique Midland Railway roundhouse.
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Mervyn Allcock, Barrow Hill general manager, said: “We are very honoured that Sir Peter Luff has agreed to open the new extension building and lead our celebrations.
“We are looking forward to welcoming him to the Roundhouse and showing how much we appreciate the financial assistance the HLF has given us.”
However, the real highlight for visitors will be the pairing of two icons of steam at the Grand Reopening Gala on September 22-24: the National Railway Museum’s ‘A3’ No. 60103 Flying Scotsman and ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado (pictured). It will be the ‘A3’s’ first visit to the Roundhouse since it attended a BR open day in 1974.
It will also be the first opportunity for many to see the world-famous ‘Pacific’ alongside its 100mph descendent Tornado.
Both locomotives will be in steam and working shuttles on the Springwell Colliery branch during the event.
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Right: Barrow Hill’s new extension, which will include revised interpretations of the history of the country’s only working roundhouse and new facilities for schools and corporate events.
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