Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust

Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust

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The Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust operates a 1½ mile long heritage railway line at Hunsbury Hill, south-west of Northampton. The line is mainly dedicated to freight working, featuring many sharp curves and steep gradients which were typical of the industrial railway, but rides are available in a variety of vehicles including a converted brake van.

In the last few years the site has undergone restoration with ¼ mile of line being regraded and relaid in rail and concrete sleepers, along with the restoration of 2 locomotives and brake van to enable passenger carrying as well as other restoration projects being undertaken.

Operationally the railway has received full operating clearance from the HMRI to allow running on the relaid section of the 1st quarter of the mile of the route.


  • Steam locomotives
    • "Belvedere" Sentinel geared vertical boilered tank engine. On static display.
    • "Musketeer" Sentinel geared vertical boilered tank engine. On static display.
    • "Vigilant" Hunslet Engine Company 0-4-0 saddle tank. Awaiting restoration, should start once the Hudswell diesel is complete.

  • Diesel locomotives
    • Planet 4w diesel-hydraulic - no.3967 - Operational.
    • No. 16 Hunslet Engine Company 0-4-0 diesel-mechanical. Dismantled and undergoing restoration, wheels planned to be sent away soon for renovation, the frames are currently being cleaned and painted.
    • Hudswell Clarke 0-4-0 diesel no.D697. Awaiting the completion of......
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