The Roundhouse at Derby is the world’s first and oldest surviving railway roundhouse and is steeped in engineering history. It was originally developed in 1839 by four rival rail companies, including North Midland Railway (NMR) for whom George Stephenson and his son Robert were engineers. Roundhouses were designed for servicing locomotives – the engine that pulls a train – as early steam locomotives could normally only travel forwards and not in reverse. Later locomotives could travel in reverse but not as well as they could forward. So Robert Stephenson devised a circular building with a turntable at its heart. This meant that a locomotive orRead More →