Talk:Northampton & Lamport Railway

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Redirect changed to correct name[edit]

I have reverted the redirect to reflect the name Northampton & Lamport Railway as opposed to Northampton and Lamport Railway. The former is the correct legal trading name of this organisation. In the style of many of the pre-grouping railway companies, the N&LR uses the ampersand in preference to the word and.

-=# Amos E Wolfe #=- 00:26, Apr 15, 2005 (UTC)

Redirect changed to correct name, again[edit]

Once again I have set the article Northampton and Lamport Railway to redirect to Northampton & Lamport Railway, and restored the article to here. Wikipedia is capable of using the ampersand (&) in titles, and as stated above, Northampton & Lamport Railway is the correct legal trading name for the organisation, of which I am a life member.

Two images from the official website are linked below:

" NLR Website title " NLR logo

The following page at the website of the Charity Commission gives the full title of the organisation as "Northampton & Lamport Railway Preservation Society": [1]

-=# Amos E Wolfe #=- 13:44, July 26, 2005 (UTC)

Tkh Northampton[edit]

I am a voulenteer at the line and I can tell you that the Tkh Northampton has left the line and is now in Belgium. User:Tom walker 28/03/06.

Further proof of correct name[edit]

I have moved the article back to "Northampton & Lamport Railway", citing further proof that this is the correct name of the organisation and therefore the article. Below is a transcript of an article published in Premier Line, the quarterly journal of the Northampton & Lamport Railway Preservation Society, issue no. 36, Spring 1994.

What's in a Name

When we changed our name to Northampton & Lamport Railway two years ago it was to create an image of a railway with it's roots firmly set in the pre-grouping era. As was the case with most of the early railway companies, the name indicates the intended destinations of that railway although neither of these places are yet served.

If you look at the southern end of what we today call the "West Coast Main Line" it was originally known as the London & Birmingham Railway. In virtually every instance where "and" was used it was represented by an ampersand ( & ). Consequently we chose to use "&" in the same way.

Northampton & Lamport Railway is a trade name, the "&" forms part of the trading style and should always be used in this form. We would therefore ask that if any member has need to refer to the name of the railway in writing, that they remember to use the "&" and not "and" as it is important to be consistent.

I suspect that we will still occasionally see the old name of Northampton Steam Railway in print for some time to come yet. In fact that name only applies to the operating company. Old habits die hard, but we must all try to lay them to rest.

-=# Amos E Wolfe talk #=- 16:13, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

See also[edit]

The Ampersand (&) is acceptable for use in titles. In many cases the copyrighted phrase or trademark is only correctly quoted when it contains the ampersand. There are hundreds to choose from, a few examples follow:

Relevant Discussion[edit]

A discussion related to the use of "and" vs. "&" in railway-related articles can be found here: Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Trains/Manual of style#Erroneous use of .22and.22 -=# Amos E Wolfe talk #=- 11:46, 26 July 2008 (UTC)