The Branch Line Society


Northampton & Lamport Railway, Saturday 20th April 2013

After a slightly delayed start due to a minor electrical fault, 58 participants enjoyed an extremely comprehensive exploration of the infrastructure of the Northampton & Lamport Railway behind ex-BR Class 31 31289 "Phoenix".

31289 Pitsford Sidings HS. [© Jim Sellens 2013]

Passengers were carried in ex-BR Mark II 5132 and Guards Van 951805. Starting at Pitsford and Brampton platform 3, our charter proceeded out via the loop towards the end of the line at Bridge 14, stopping short of stock temporarily relocated to create space elsewhere for our charter. After a double reversal, we completed the Down siding in full including a "buffer kiss". Proceeding to Pitsford Sidings, we entered the yard and completed the headshunt to "end of line", taking time for a photo stop in this unusual location, before covering No 2 Siding as far as stored vehicles.

31289 at Pitsford and Brampton station on the Northampton & Lamport Railway. [© Iain Scotchman 2013]

With special arrangements in place, participants were then able to view part of the extension project as our train proceeded over Bridge 11 towards Boughton, with the signal box at the crossing visible beyond the front of the train. Returning to Pitsford and Brampton platform 2, our train terminated having completed the entrance to the station loop and an estimated distance of 3m and 24c. Many members took the opportunity to enjoy a "station limits" cab ride in RH319286 0-4-0DM (1953) "Sir Giles Isham". Thanks are due to Rod Bryant for co-ordinating the visit, Gordon Titmus and all involved at the railway who provided an exemplary service in fine weather, Bert Ellery for the souvenir tickets, Peter Scott and Martyn Brailsford for their excellent track maps and Steve Best from for permission to supply his comprehensive stocklist. The Society will be delighted to re-visit the railway again once further extension works are completed.

Seminar at Pitsford Siding with 31289. [© Iain Scotchman 2013]