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Wednesday 30th October 2019 Campbell Dr, Barrow Hill, Chesterfield S43 2PR

A Midland night in a Midland shed at the unique Ex Midland Roundhouse, Barrow Hill

A night in the Roundhouse capturing steamy cameos and backlit images, this time with the Midland Compound & the Half Cab. With the addition of Tornado in the yard.


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We are now pleased to announce that our event will also feature the UK's newest Mainline Steam Locomotive, Tornado. A unique experience to capture this iconic loco on a period steam shed after dark. We hope this addition will be seen as very exciting opportunity for you, one not often afforded to a night photographic session and one that we have not had for a couple of years.

Given the past successes of our events at Barrow Hill where some truly outstanding images being created over the years, we are returning this Autumn, this time we are going all Midland by centring our attentions on the Midland Compound and Midland Half Cab. 

The locos will be side by side with one or two other locos close by to add the feeling of a full shed.

Barrow Hill Roundhouse has a wealth of heritage and is last remaining roundhouse in the UK. The site of many past events this really is a wonderful location that really needs to be seen at night to appreciate its grandeur. Our evening will see us bring our chosen steam residents to life through the use of smoke and steam machines. With our proven techniques we defy you to not believe the iron horses are about to leave the shed and pull trains all over the Midlands. Add to this our dedicated re-enactors offering the human interest and you are in for a truly memorable evening.

Having run some very successful similar events in the south at Didcot Railway Centre we have every reason to believe this event will also generated some truly outstanding images. Given how popular these shoots have been we expect this return visit to Barrow Hill to be no different.

Our evening starting at around 17.30 will see us concentrating exclusively in the main shed all evening, closing the doors to keep the hall full of smoke and steam our period dressed loco crews, cleaners, fitters and a works foremen will act out the various different scenes that were once a common sight in every engine shed. We plan to finish around 22.00 which we feel will give everyone plenty of time in a relaxed way to fully capture all the scenes on offer.

This event is going to be limited to 25 photographers so ensure comfortable surroundings and easy use of tripods. We therefore recommend booking early to avoid disappointment, given how popular previous events have been. So come and join us to capture the very essence of what this former Midland Steam Roundhouse after dark has to offer.

Event requirements


  • Spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Lense cloths
  • Filters
  • Lenses
  • Tripod


  • All levels welcome


  • Low

Other essentials

  • Sturdy outdoor shoes
  • Torch
  • Warm clothing

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