Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust
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|Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust|
A level crossing on the railway
|Original gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Length||1 1⁄2 mi (2.4 km)|
|Preserved gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
The Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust operates a 1 1⁄2-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 1⁄4 mile (0.4 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 No. 9365. Built in 1946. On static display.
- "Musketeer" Sentinel geared vertical boilered tank engine No. 6369. Built in 1946. On static display.
- "Waleswood" Hudswell Clarke 0-4-0ST No. 750. Built in 1906. Undergoing overhaul.
- Planet 4w diesel-hydraulic - no.3967 - Operational.
- No. 16 Hunslet Engine Company 0-4-0 diesel-mechanical. Undergoing restoration.
- Hudswell Clarke 0-4-0 diesel no.D697. Undergoing restoration.
- Ruston & Hornsby 88DS 4wDM. Awaiting restoration.
- Fowler diesel 4220001 "Charles Wake" built in 1959 – Operational.
- B950061 20-long ton LMS brake van – operational
- B490310 12-long ton open wagon
- M407942 12-long ton open wagon
- 321734 Ex Ruston "88" underframe
- No. 330 Nordberg trackmachine
- Grafton Steam Crane Ship Canal Side Tipper
- BR Class 411 4CEP TSO nos. 70284, 70296 and 70510
- BR Class 415 4EPB unit 5176 last surviving unrefurbished unit - reformed as 3EPB, Built in 1954.
- BR Class 422 4BIG TRSB 69304 unit 2260
- BR Class 4DD DMBC no. 13004 (formerly of unit 4002 later renumbered 4902 owing to the number 4002 being reallocated to the second British Rail Class 445) BR Green. Built in 1949.
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