Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust

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Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust
Ironstone Railway Hunsbury Northampton.jpg
Commercial operations
Original gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Preserved operations
Length 1 12 mi (2.4 km)
Preserved gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Preservation history

The Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust operates a 1 12-mile (2.4 km) long heritage railway line at Hunsbury Hill, south-west of Northampton. The line is mainly dedicated to freight working, featuring many sharp curves and steep gradients which were typical of the industrial railway, but rides are available in a variety of vehicles including a converted brake van.


In the last few years the site has undergone restoration with 14 mile (0.40 km) of line being regraded and relaid in 113 lb/yd (56.1 kg/m) rail and concrete sleepers, along with the restoration of 2 locomotives and brake van to enable passenger carrying as well as other restoration projects being undertaken. Operationally the railway has received full operating clearance from the HMRI to allow running on the relaid section of the 1st quarter of the mile of the route.



  • "Belvedere" Sentinel geared vertical boilered tank engine. On static display.
  • "Musketeer" Sentinel geared vertical boilered tank engine. On static display.


  • Planet 4w diesel-hydraulic - no.3967 - Operational.
  • No. 16 Hunslet Engine Company 0-4-0 diesel-mechanical. Dismantled and undergoing restoration, wheels planned to be sent away soon for renovation, the frames are currently being cleaned and painted.
  • Hudswell Clarke 0-4-0 diesel no.D697. Awaiting the completion of its restoration, planned to be worked on once No. 16 is complete.
  • Ruston & Hornsby 88DS 4wDM
  • Fowler diesel 4220001 "Charles Wake" – Operational.

Rolling stock[edit]

  • B950061 20-ton LMS brake van – operational
  • B490310 12-ton open wagon
  • M407942 12-ton open wagon
  • 321734 Ex Ruston "88" underframe
  • No. 330 Nordberg trackmachine
  • Grafton Steam Crane Ship Canal Side Tipper

Multiple units[edit]




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Coordinates: 52°13′11″N 0°55′34″W / 52.2196°N 0.926°W / 52.2196; -0.926