Northampton and Lamport Railway
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|Northampton & Lamport Railway|
Peckett 0-4-0ST Works No. 2104 with a train
|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) standard gauge|
|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) standard gauge|
|1984||Work started at (and around) Pitsford and Brampton station site|
|1995||Light Railway Order, Granted with First public passenger train operated|
|1996||Grand Re-opening (NLR re-opened, officially)|
|Headquarters||Pitsford and Brampton|
Northampton and Lamport Railway
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 by Michael William Papworth (of Northampton) 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) 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 NLR to Spratton currently remains within the planning stage. The previous extension heading north, opened after several years' work and around £50,000 was spent on repairs to Bridge 13, (the same amount (or more) will be required for Bridge 14, when the NLR turns its intention northwards).
The signalling system, with three working signal boxes (at Pitsford and Brampton station, Pitsford Sidings and Boughton), 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) 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.
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, diesel hauled with steam-hauled trains for special events (subject to availability). Open from March to October and throughout December for Santa's visit.
A number of special events take place throughout the year, the popular Santa Specials run throughout the month of December.
On 18 July 2007 the Railway at War weekend, an event held at the railway every September, was named Best Event in the 2007 Northamptonshire Renaissance Heritage Awards.
- GWR 2-8-0 2884 Class No. 3862. Built in 1942. Under restoration.
- GWR 4-6-0 4900 Class No. 5967 Bickmarsh Hall. Built in 1937. Under restoration.
- Peckett and Sons 0-4-0ST No. 2104. Built in 1948. Withdrawn January 2017, awaiting overhaul.
- Peckett and Sons 0-6-0ST No. 1378 Westminster. Built in 1914 for the Fovant Military Railway Under restoration.
- Andrew Barclay Sons & Co. 0-4-0ST No. 776 Firefly. Built in 1896. Under restoration.
- Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST No. 2323. Built in 1952. Under restoration.
- Hawthorn Leslie and Company 0-4-0ST No. 3718 Swanscombe No. 4. Built in 1928. Operational, returned to steam in 2019.
Main line diesel
- British Rail Class 31 A1A-A1A No. 31289 Phoenix - operational
- British Rail Class 33 Bo-Bo No. 33053 - operational
- British Rail Class 47 Co-Co No. 47205 - operational
Industrial diesel and shunters
- Ruston & Hornsby 0-4-0 165DS No. 764 Sir Gyles Isham (first locomotive to arrive on the line) - operational
- Ruston & Hornsby 0-6-0 165DS No. 53 Sir Alfred Wood - under repair
- Fowler 0-4-0DH No. 21 - Spares recovery before scrapping
- British Rail Mark 3 DVT No. 82114 - being prepared for service by NLRCIO the vehicle owners
- British Rail Mark 2 TSO No. 5174 - in service
- British Rail Mark 2 TSO No. 5132, formerly named Clan Munro- operational
- British Rail Mark 2 BSO(T) No. 9102. - in service.
- British Rail Mark 1 TSO No. 3919. - being overhauled by NLRCIO, the vehicle owners.
- British Rail Mark 1 RBR (Buffet Car) No. 1647 - out of service for repairs
- British Rail Mark 1 NAV No. 84031 - operational (as temporary Buffet)
Pitsford and Brampton signal box
Peckett 0-4-0ST Works No. 2104 in the yard, preparing for a day's use on passenger trains
Boughton — end of the Brampton Valley Way which runs alongside the railway
Stanley Steamer visiting an event at the railway