100mph Pacifics bring bumper crowds to restored Roundhouse

By Ben Jones

More than 5,000 visitors flocked to Barrow Hill Roundhouse to celebrate the depot’s reopening on September 22-24.

Barrow Hill’s new cafe and museum area blends into the original Midland Railway structure. BEN JONES

The lure of seeing ‘A3’ No. 60103 Flying Scotsman and ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado together proved irresistible for many.

Highlight of the weekend was the first double-header of the two Pacifics – the first and latest British steam locomotives to officially reach the magic 100mph mark.

It was also No. 60103’s first visit to Barrow Hill since a 1974 open day and its first appearance on the turntable inside the former Midland Railway roundhouse.

Flying Scotsman sits on the Barrow Hill turnable. It is the first time the ‘A3’ has been inside the roundhouse. B JONES

September 21 saw the official reopening of the building, after a £1.4million restoration supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Sir Peter Luff, chairman of the HLF cut the ribbon before specially invited guests, and the media were given the chance to explore the impressive new entrance and cafe, restored museum shop, offices and new displays of artefacts and archive images.

Inside the roundhouse, steelwork in the roof and brickwork has been repaired and repainted, while much of the 1870 building’s external brickwork has been repaired and repointed.

Read more in the October issue of RM – on sale now!

Left: A proud and shocked Mervyn Allcock holds an award from The RM recognising his achievements at the roundhouse spanning nearly three decades. R FALCONER


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