Branch Line Society
Branch Line Society
Branch Line Society
Thu 29 Jun 2017
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Northampton & Lamport Railway 20/04/2013

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". 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. 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 www.uklocos.com for permission to supply his comprehensive stocklist. The Society will be delighted to re-visit the railway again once further extension works are completed.

Northampton & Lamport Map


Mileage
Northampton & Lamport Railway   Loco Name   M C
Pitsford & Brampton Plat 2 Short of Bridge 14 31289 Phoenix   0 39
Short of Bridge 14 Main Line adj. To Loop 31289 Phoenix   0 31
Main Line adj. To Loop Down Siding 31289 Phoenix   0 7
Down Siding Pitsford Jn Sidings Headshunt EOL 31289 Phoenix   0 60
Pitsford Jn Sidings Headshunt Pitsford No.2 Siding 31289 Phoenix   0 11
Pitsford No.2 Siding Pitsford Jn Sidings Headshunt 31289 Phoenix   0 4
Pitsford Jn Sidings Headshunt Pitsford Jn Mainline 31289 Phoenix   0 6
Pitsford Jn Mainline Boughton, short of Farm Crossing 31289 Phoenix   0 32
Boughton, short of Farm Crossing Pitsford & Brampton Loop 31289 Phoenix   0 67
Pitsford & Brampton Loop Pitsford & Brampton Dock Plat 3 31289 Phoenix   0 7
        TOTAL 3 24
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Stocklist
Click here to download Northampton & Lamport Stocklist (Excel format)

Rocks by Rail, Cottesmore 20/04/2013

Fifty-four participants proceeded on to Rocks by Rail at Cottesmore to enjoy unusual lines at this fascinating industrial setting. With complementary tea, coffee and biscuits provided and a short presentation of thanks delivered, participants split into groups to either traverse the main line behind AB2088 0-4-0ST (1940) "Sir Thomas Royden" or complete the depot road and numerous sidings both sides of the main running line in the cab of RR10204 0-4-0DH (1965) "Jean". Passengers were carried on the steam service in Guards Van AD49006.

Due to the nature of the location, members were able to obtain fascinating industrial landscape photographs and were free to explore the site including storage sidings and the loco shed. With 27 locomotives on site, there was much to study! The highlights of the main line operation included use of the new alignment for the passenger platform and proceeding past the ordinary passenger limit of operation by almost reaching the farm crossing beyond the former Oakham Canal. At the other end of the line, the Andrew Barclay engine proceeded the full length of the quarry branch, being just short of the "stop block" as a result of a stored 4-wheel wagon.

A few members stayed to the end of the day and were able to observe and enjoy complex shunting manoeuvres, including the chance to ride in RH421436 0-4-0DE (1958) "Elizabeth". Thanks are due to Gary Brown and all involved at the railway who provided a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, Bert Ellery for the souvenir tickets, Peter Scott and Martyn Brailsford for their excellent track maps and Steve Best from www.uklocos.com for permission to supply his comprehensive stocklist, including over 65 wagons. The Society will be delighted to re-visit the railway again once further works are completed, and immediate opportunities may present themselves in 2013 as re-building continues.

Rocks by Rail, Cottesmore Map


Mileage
Rocks By Rail, Cottesmore   Loco Name   M C
Cottesmore Shed Yard Shunts RR10204 Jean TOTAL 0 29
Cottesmore Platform North End, adj. To end of siding AB2088 Sir Thomas Royden      
North End, adj. To end of siding Quarry Site Line AB2088 Sir Thomas Royden      
Quarry Site Line Mainline adj. To Shed AB2088 Sir Thomas Royden      
Mainline adj. To Shed Cottesmore Platform AB2088 Sir Thomas Royden TOTAL 1 6
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Stocklist
Click here to download Rocks by Rail Stocklist (Excel format)

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