Rushden, Higham and Wellingborough Railway
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|Rushden, Higham and Wellingborough Railway|
Running line at Rushden, Higham & Wellingborough Railway
|Original gauge||4 ft 8+1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Operated by||Rushden Historical Transport Society|
|Length||1⁄2 mile (0.8 km)|
|Preserved gauge||4 ft 8+1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Rushden, Higham & |
The aim of the society was to reopen most of the former Midland Railway branch line from Wellingborough to Higham Ferrers, which had been closed completely in November 1969. As of April 2016, around 1⁄2 mile (0.8 km) stretch of the line is operated between Rushden station and Prospect Avenue. The society plans to extend the line to a halt at Higham Ferrers. They are unable to extend back towards Wellingborough due to developments that have taken place along the route of the old branch line.
Rushden station has been preserved by the Rushden Historical Transport Society. The station building is fully intact and open with no admission fee although donations are requested.
The footbridge is currently missing, and a level crossing divides the platform into two sections. A replacement footbridge similar to the original is awaiting installation, at which point the missing section of platform will be replaced.
On operating days trains use a separate platform slightly to the east. There is a signal box on site also. To the west immediately after the station there is a bridge missing. To the east, the line ends adjacent to Prospect Ave, and is used throughout the year.
On site can be found a main-line diesel, Class 31, 31206, a number of Mark 1 carriages and a Gresley buffet car. In addition the line has a few industrial steam locomotives and some small diesel shunters. Frequently a number of preserved buses and coaches can also be found on the site.
- Steam Locomotives
- Diesel locomotives
- Diesel multiple units
- Coaching stock
- BR Post Office Sorting Van NSA 80334 built in 1969.
- BR Post Office Stowage Van NTA 80413 built in 1957.
- BR High-security General Utility Van NKA 94102 built in 1959.
- BR Brake Gangwayed NEX 92363. Used for passenger services. built in 1957.
- BR Mark 1 Tourist Second Open no. 3918 built in 1954.
- BR Mark 1 BSK no. 34004 built in 1951.
- BR Mark 2 Tourist Second Open no. 5166. Used for passenger services. built in 1966.
- LNER Gresley Buffet Carriage no. 24279 built in 1937.