Prior to the closure of the Northampton to Market Harborough railway in 1981, the signal box at Lamport Station had been a prominent local landmark for over 100 years, guarding the level crossing where the Harborough Road (A508) traversed the railway in the valley between Lamport and Maidwell.
Following closure by BR, the top section of the ‘box was rescued by the fledgling Northampton and Lamport Railway and recovered to our site at Pitsford and Brampton Station. Today the ‘box stands on the station platform, immediately adjacent to the main entrance. Until recently it had been used as our Booking Office, providing a warm welcome for visitors and giving the public access to this piece of local history.
This also gave the building a useful purpose until such time as we are hopefully able to re-instate it back close to its original position at Lamport (when the railway gets back there).
Unfortunately, the building had to be closed for health and safety reasons in early 2018, as its structural timbers had experienced significant deterioration.
Work to restore the building is quite significant and includes providing a new hardwood corner post, hardwood main beam, floor joists and floorboards. Estimates to date price the work at £23,000. This is because of the need to use hardwood and the requirement for specialist bespoke carpentry. Without intervention the deterioration will only continue to the point that restoration is unviable, meaning that the old ‘box could be lost forever.
As a result, we are urgently appealing for £10,000 (roughly 50% of the cost) to be used as match-funding against grants we are applying for.
With your help we can preserve this once prominent and key local landmark for the future.
The Northampton & Lamport Railway (NLR) is a steam and heritage
diesel tourist railway in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside.
Located just 5 miles north of Northampton, we currently have
approximately 1½ miles of running track along the old Northampton to
Market Harborough line. This route is now the Brampton Valley Way (a
14-mile linear park) so you can not only ride one of our trains along
the former line, but also walk along and watch the steam and diesel
engines in action.
First established in 1984, we are run purely by volunteers and have been operating train services since 1995. We are currently working to complete our ½ mile southern extension to Boughton, before then pushing north a further 1½ miles to Spratton.
***To donate specifically to our Boughton Extension Appeal please click on the Boughton Extension 2019 box opposite.***
The Northampton and Lamport Railway Charitable Incorporated Organisation (formerly the Northampton and Lamport Railway Preservation Society) is the charity which supports the Northampton and Lamport Railway.
All funds raised by us help to expand and improve the railway.