'Kids for a quid' is just the ticket for Northamptonshire's train buffs over the Bank Holiday

It's full steam ahead after lockdown for Northampton & Lamport Railway

Wednesday, 26th August 2020, 10:21 am
Updated Wednesday, 26th August 2020, 10:22 am
Steam trains will be running along the line near Northampton over the Bank Holiday weekend
Steam trains will be running along the line near Northampton over the Bank Holiday weekend

A heritage railway near Northampton are offering "kids for a quid" over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Under-16s can ride for just £1 on the Northampton & Lamport Railway's steam and diesel services on all three days from Saturday to Monday.

Volunteers will operate a heritage diesel locomotive service on Saturday and steam trains on both Sunday and Monday 31. Trains will be leaving the former Pitsford and Brampton between the two villages at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 3:30pm on all three days.

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Tickets are sold for one return journey along our 1½-mile line to and from Brampton Halt.

Railway general manager Adam Giles said: "Social distancing restrictions mean we have to strictly limit the number of people on board each train so we strongly advise people to book online in advance to secure their place and avoid disappointment.

"The Northampton and Lamport Railway is an AA certified ‘Covid-19 Confident’ attraction and all necessary measures are in place to keep our visitors and staff safe.

"Our new Buffet will also be open this weekend, as well as the souvenir shop."

Enthusiasts started work to revive the railway after the British Rail line from Northampton to Market Harborough closed in 1981. The first passengers were carried on a short stretch of track in 1995.

The restored railway finally reopened earlier this month after more than five months closed during the Covid-19 pandemic. An appeal to keep the attraction going has so far raised £3,499.

A team of enthusiasts work tirelessly to keep the railway going and are always on the lookout for more volunteers.

Mr Giles added: "Our railway is run purely by volunteers and there is a warm welcoming reception for all our friendly team. It a great way to learn a new skill or meet new people.

"There are a huge number of roles available that will suit all interests and abilities, from engineering to gardening, catering to painting, carpentry to ticket inspecting. You can even learn to drive a train, be a guard or work an old signal box.

"You only need to give as much or as little time as you can afford.

"For more information either visit our website at www.nlr.org.uk or speak to one of our volunteers at the railway."