Archaeologists working on the HS2 project have unearthed what is thought to be the world’s oldest railway roundhouse at a construction site at Birmingham Curzon Street station.
The roundhouse was situated adjacent to the old Curzon Street station, central Birmingham’s first railway terminus built during a time when the city was rapidly expanding.
A roundhouse is a building with a circular, or semicircular, shape used for servicing and storing locomotives. Usually, they are built adjacent or surrounding a turntable.
The team has identified that the roundhouse was designed by 19th-century engineer Robert Stephenson, by checking old London and Birmingham Railway minute.