Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust

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Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust
Ironstone Railway Hunsbury Northampton.jpg
A level crossing on the railway
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.

Restoration[edit]

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.

Locomotives[edit]

Steam[edit]

  • "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.

Diesel[edit]

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]

Diesel[edit]

Electric[edit]

  • BR Class 411 TSO nos. 70284, 70296 and 70510
  • BR Class 415 unit 5176 (3 cars of the unit) formerly in BR Blue and known as 'Bluebird' but recently in green. Built in 1954.
  • BR Class 422 TRSB 69304 unit 2260
  • BR Class 4DD DMBS 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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Coordinates: 52°13′11″N 0°55′34″W / 52.2196°N 0.926°W / 52.2196; -0.926