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Social Calendar of Events . . .

Come along to one of our talks/presentations at the Roundhouse.

Our popular Social Evenings have returned to the Roundhouse.

Our thanks go to the Chesterfield Canal Trust for allowing us to use their facilities at Hollingwood Hub during the HLF refurbishment work.

All presentations are held in the Roundhouse lecture theatre commencing at 19.30 and finishing between 21.45 and 22.00. Doors open at 19.00.
Presentations are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month.
Hot and cold drinks are available from the buffet before 19.30 and during the interval.
Admission is normally £2.00 for members and £3.00 for non-members.
Free parking on site.

Everyone welcome.

2020 Social Evenings...

16th January 2020

Dave Darwin - More of My Time on Steam

Another evening with Dave telling amusing tales, anecdotes and images from his railway career in the steam era. Will also include a look at some of the images held in the Barrow Hill Archive Collection.

20th February 2020

John Hunt - Scottish Railways in the Sixties

Predominantly steam but also many diesel images on lines such as the St Combs branch and the Speyside and Mallaig lines. The steam aspect includes A4s on the three hour expresses, Beattock, the Waverley route, the Killin branch, Fife, Dundee, Perth and some of the Glasgow and Edinburgh sheds.
19th March 2020 - CANCELLED

This Thursday’s Social Evening with guest speaker Anthony Hicks has been cancelled. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause but under the current circumstances we feel this is the sensible thing to do. We will keep you informed about future Social Evenings, taking into account any Government advice we receive. Thank you. 

Anthony Hicks - Where Would You Like to Go 2?

Anthony returns with another evening for audience participation. Anthony will offer a selection of different topics, allowing the audience to select what they would like to see. A good choice of wide ranging subjects, portraying Anthony's interests and photographic skills, will be on offer.
16th April 2020

Chris Jones - 72010 Hengist – ‘The Building of a New Clan'

The first half of the show deals with how the Standard designs came about under British Rail and looks in detail at the design and reasoning behind the new locomotives, concentrating on the Class 6 variant. The second half of the show looks entirely at Hengist, taking in the current state of progress and also the latest technologies used in construction. It also looks at the location of CTL Seal in Ecclesfield where 72010 is being built. Information on the project can be found at
21st May 2020

Howard Turner - Memories of Sheffield Victoria to Chesterfield Central

Pictures, tales and anecdotes from when Howard lived in Renishaw from April 1958 to August 1960 and regularly commuted six days a week from Renishaw Central on the 0825, a Leicester Central to Manchester Central train, returning on the 1749 from Sheffield Victoria, a Leicester Central train calling at all stations except Belgrave & Birstall, regularly worked by a Staveley D11.
18th June 2020

Chris Booth - The Dukeries Route – A Look at the LD&ECR.

In the days when coal was 'king' an ambitious plan was laid for an east to west rail route connecting Warrington to a new dock at Sutton-on-Sea. Grandly titled the Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway, as history was to show the line would reach neither Warrington nor Sutton-on-Sea, with only the Chesterfield to Pyewipe Junction section and a branch to Sheffield ever being completed. Take a look at the self-styled 'Dukeries Route' and its branches through the lenses of photographers from a period of over 100 years. 
16th July 2020

Andy Barclay - Peter Fox Collection - Part 7

Andy returns to show more images from the late Peter Fox Collection. A general mix of images from the sixties onwards.

20th August 2020

Martin Bromley - The Favourite Railway Journey of my Youth

Born in Lutterworth, we look at the favourite journey of Martin's youth: Rugby-Market Harborough-Seaton Junction-Stamford-Wansford (now the Nene Valley Railway) and then we look in at Railworld as we arrive at Peterborough East.
17th September 2020

Gavin Lake - The Sea Wall

Where can you sit with an idyllic harbour view and a main line railway as a back drop with a crab platter and a pint, hear the horn of a train, step forward, take your photograph and sit back down?! None other than 'The Anchor' at Cockwood Harbour, Starcross, Devon. It is situated on arguably one of the most loved and photographed stretches of the British rail network between Exeter and Newton Abbot. During this presentation Gavin illustrates the opportunities for wonderful seascape rail images, exploring the route with a variety of locomotives and units going about their daily duties. We visit classic locations such as Langstone Rock at Dawlish Warren, Horse Cove near Dawlish, Sprey Point near Teignmouth and the Teign Estuary. Our journey starts at Exeter St David's in 1976 with Western Consort and continues with classes such as 25, 43, 46, 47, 50, 57, 66 and concludes with a journey to Kingswear on the delightful Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway. This has meant the addition of some nice scenic shots on the coast run with gala weekends with interesting traction such as 58s and 73s.
15th October 2020

Steve Armitage - The Great Railway Time Machine Presents: WCML Part 1

London Euston to Rugby. Superb and rare scenes from the L&NWR, LMS and BR eras in black and white and colour. Nearly all previously unseen or not seen for generations. The images have been digitally restored to pristine glory.
19th November 2020

Les Nixon - A Look at the Railways of Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

Images from the seventies when Les lived in Sri Lanka. Mainly working steam, including Garretts and steam railcars at work, not to mention an electric unit built in the UK.  Many of the locos seen have UK connections. All accompanied by interesting stories and anecdotes.
17th December 2020

Christmas Social

Wait and see!


Entry by donation.
Charges apply on special event days.
Cafe available for food and refreshments.
Please visit our shop selling railway memorabilia and souvenirs.

Our opening hours are Saturdays and Sundays 10.00am-4.00pm. Closed Monday to Friday, including Bank Holidays.

There is a diversion in place due to a road closure at Junction 29a of the M1; this will add approximately 10 minutes to your journey time if you use this route to reach the Roundhouse. This diversion will be in place until 31st March 2015.