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“Barrow Hill Live!” – A Model Railway Show With A Difference – Celebrating 160 Years of Doncaster Works at Barrow Hill Roundhouse

It may have a new name but this model railway show with a difference is back for a fourth year, with the samepopular mix of full size steam and diesel locomotives and their model counterparts in the widest possible range of gauges.
We are delighted to announce that this year’s event will be supported by Bachmann, British Railway Modelling and East Midlands Trains.
Taking place at Barrow Hill Roundhouse on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September, the event will also celebrate 160 years of Doncaster Works by bringing together a range of steam and diesel locomotives that all have links with the world famous Plant.
Guest steam locomotives will include A1 60163 ‘Tornado’ and B1 61264, both of these classes of locomotive having been designed, built and maintained at Doncaster. We are pleased to welcome back the B1 to the Roundhouse for the first time since its overhaul, much of which took place here. These will be joined by our resident Doncaster-designed locomotives A2 60532 ‘Blue Peter’ and the Atlantic 251. Representatives of Doncaster’s diesel building era will include Class 03, Class 58, Class 71 and Class 85. Diesels maintained at Doncaster and also present at the event will include Classes 20, 31, 37, 50 and 55. More visiting Doncaster related locomotives will be announced in the run up to the event.
Ten layouts have already been confirmed for the event:
GOLDMIRE QUARRY: a G Scale layout based on the now closed line from Foxfield Junction to Coniston in the Lake District.
SEABURY TOWN & PRESERVATION SOCIETY: an 0 Gauge layout based on an LMS theme. The layout also boasts what is believed to be the ‘World Smallest’ model railway layout.
HASSELL HARBOUR BRIDGE: a main line 0 Gauge layout from the Pre-Grouping era; this is a very large layout which can be viewed from all sides.
PHOENIX FRUIT EXPRESS: New to the exhibition circuit, an American H0 gauge 3.5mm layout.
ANGEL BANK: an EM gauge layout from the Liverpool Model Railway Society.
SALMON PASTURES: an 00 Gauge Finescale layout and another new layout on the exhibition circuit, reflecting the area around the Don Valley in Sheffield.
ARDGOHIN: an 00 gauge layout representing the LNER at a fictional loch-side terminus situated on theWest Coast of Scotland at the end of an imaginary LNER branch line.
MILL LANE T.M.D.: an 00 gauge Digit Command Control (DCC) layout representing a typical small diesel power depot for re-fuelling and minor maintenance of a variety of locomotives.
SHASTA: Another layout new to the exhibition circuit, this time in Z gauge, modelling the Sacramento River Canyon!
NEVER MOOR: A Z gauge layout of the LNER prior to Nationalisation.
In addition, the following Demonstrators confirmed to attend the event so far are:
Rob Bishop, Jon Gardner & Paul Slade: 7mm kit building demonstration.
Bill Rankin: 2mm and 7mm kit building demonstration.
Howard Lawrence: 4mm kit building demonstration.
Eileen Lawrence: scratch built buildings demonstration.
Paul Lunn: layout planning and design.
MERG (Model Electronic Railway Group): an international, UK based group promoting interest in the application of electronics (including computers) to all aspects of railway modelling.
More layouts and demonstrators will be confirmed in the run up to the event.
Ticket holders will once again be able to travel to the show using the unique shuttle train service from Chesterfield Station direct to the event and avoiding the queues. Tickets for the shuttle train can be bought in advance with event tickets. Tickets to travel on the train will also be available on the day at Chesterfield Station when purchased with an event ticket.
Other highlights of the event include:
  • Free steam train and brake van rides.
  • Explore Barrow Hill - Britain’s last operational Roundhouse.
  • Free parking
  • Free bus from Chesterfield Station
  • Excellent on-site catering.
  • A free show guide.
The event is open from 10.00am to 5.00pm on Saturday 28th and 29th September. However, those holding advance tickets will be able to enter the show at 9.30am.
Tickets will go on sale on 1st July 2013 and will be available from or by telephoning 0844 338 8000. Ticket prices are:


  Advance Tickets from The Ticket Factory* On The Day Tickets
Adult £11.00 £13.00
Barrow Hill Member £9.00 £11.00

Children aged 5-15**
(under 5s free entry) 

£6.00 £7.00
(2 adults and 2 children) 
£30.00 £33.00
Shuttle rail ticket (return) £5.50 per person £6.00 per person


* A £1 booking fee per transaction is also payable
** All children must be accompanied by an adult