Northampton and Lamport Railway
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|Northampton & Lamport Railway|
|Boughton, end of the line as of May 2012|
|Terminus||Pitsford and Brampton|
|Name||Northampton to Market Harborough line ("Harborough Line")|
|Built by||London and North Western Railway|
|Original gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Operated by||Northampton & Lamport Railway Preservation Society|
|Length||1 1⁄2 miles (2.4 km)|
|Preserved gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|1984||Work started at (and around) Pitsford and Brampton station site|
|1996||Grand Re-opening (NLR re-opened, officially)|
|Headquarters||Pitsford and Brampton|
Northampton & Lamport Railway
with Brampton Valley Way
The Northampton & Lamport Railway is a standard gauge heritage railway in Northamptonshire, England. It is based at Pitsford and Brampton station, near the villages of Pitsford and Chapel Brampton, roughly 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Northampton.
In 1984 (just 3 years after the line's closure) a group was formed with the intention of re-opening a section of the line as a heritage railway. The site opened to the public shortly afterwards. Following the granting of a Light Railway Order, the line carried its first fare-paying passengers in November 1995. The official Grand Opening Ceremony took place (just 4 months later) on 31 March 1996.
Currently, passenger trains operate on a section of line approximately 1 1⁄2 miles (2.4 km) in length, departing from and arriving at the only station, Pitsford and Brampton.
However, As of November 2013, An extension south had currently been under construction which adds another 1⁄2 mile (0.80 km) mile(s) of running line, with around 90% of track-relaying completed around Spring 2012. Once complete it will include a station with sidings and run-round loop at the former Boughton Crossing on the A5199 at the Northamptonshire village of Boughton.
A northern extension of the N&LR currently remains within the planning stage, but before work can start, however, extensive repairs are needed to Bridge 14 which carries the track over the River Nene. In addition Northamptonshire County Council, which owns the former trackbed, will not grant a lease on the land required for the extension until the NLR's southern extension (to as far as Boughton) is completed. The previous extension opened after several years' work and around £50,000 was spent on repairs to Bridge 13, (the same amount required for Bridge 14, when the NLR turns its intention northwards).
The signalling system, with two working signal boxes (and a third under construction), makes it one of the most comprehensive and detailed on any heritage railway of its size, within Preservation. The Booking Office at Pitsford and Brampton station was built using the disused Lamport signal box, originally located around 5 1⁄2 miles (8.9 km) miles away on/up the same line. It had since been converted in such a way that it can be easily converted back into a signal box if whenever required in the future.
A third signal box has been installed at the Boughton Terminus; the former Betley Road signal box from Crewe is being used following its restoration.
The Brampton Valley Way is a "linear park" offering a traffic-free route for walkers, cyclists and pedestrians, and which runs alongside the railway, separated by a stout safety fence. Access is also available to horse riders on other sections away from the railway.
The railway is open for viewing from 10:00 to 17:00 on Sundays. Train rides are available on Sundays from March to October, steam-hauled from April to September (subject to availability).
A number of special events take place throughout the year, the popular Santa Specials run throughout the month of December.
- GWR 2-8-0 2884 Class № 3862 Built in 1942. - under restoration
- GWR 4-6-0 4900 Class № 5967 Bickmarsh Hall Built in 1937. - under restoration
- Kitson & Co. 0-6-0ST № 5470 (Stewarts & Lloyds № 45) "Colwyn" Built in 1933. - featured in The Royal Train episode of Dad's Army TV Series - under restoration
- Peckett and Sons 0-4-0ST № 2104 Built in 1948. - in service
- Peckett and Sons 0-6-0ST № 1378 "Westminster" Built in 1914 for the Fovant Military Railway - under restoration
- TKh49 0-6-0T № 5374 "Vanguard" Built in 1959. - out of service for repairs
Main line diesel
- British Rail Class 31 A1A-A1A № 31289 "Phoenix" - operational
- British Rail Class 47 Co-Co № 47205 - operational
Industrial diesel and shunters
- Ruston & Hornsby 4wDM 88DS № 1 "Merry Tom" - out of service
- Ruston & Hornsby 0-4-0 165DS № 764 "Sir Gyles Isham" (first locomotive to arrive on the line) - operational
- Ruston & Hornsby 0-6-0 165DS № 53 "Sir Alfred Wood" - under repair
- Fowler/Thomas Hill 0-4-0 DH № 146C "Bunty" - donated by Redland Aggregates - out of service
- Fowler 0-4-0 DH № 21 - awaiting restoration
- British Rail Mark 2 TSO № 5174 - out of service for repairs
- British Rail Mark 2 TSO № 5132, formerly named Clan Munro- operational
- British Rail Mark 2 BSO(T) № 9102. Converted for operation by Motorman- out of service for repairs
- British Rail Mark 1 TSO № 3919. -
- British Rail Mark 2 TSO № 5174 -
- British Rail Mark 1 RBR (Buffet Car) № 1647 - out of service for repairs
- British Rail Mark 1 NAV № 84031 - operational (as temporary Buffet)
Pitsford and Brampton signal box
British Rail PWM locomotive № 97651
The Brampton Valley Way which runs alongside the railway
Stanley Steamer visiting an event at the railway
Peckett R4, № 2104, on 25 February 2007
Class 31, № 31289 in the sidings, 22 April 2007
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Northampton & Lamport Railway.|
- Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 19 July 2007
- "Peckett B2 Class 0-6-0ST № 1378 "Westminster"". NLR. Retrieved 20 October 2013.