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Written by Jason Rodhouse - 09 Aug 2008
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Location notes
Pitsford and Brampton is the headquarters for the Northampton and Lamport Railway. This section of preserved railway is on the old line from Northampton to Market Harborough.
Railway type and traffic
The railway runs regular trains most weekends. They may have steam only weekends, Thomas the Tank engine days, or diesel only days, so it is best to check their web site prior to visiting.
Environment
Road directions
From Northampton, head out towards Welford on the A5199. When you reach Chapel Brampton, take the right hand turn (towards Pitsford, Brixworth etc) The turning for the railway is on the left just before the railway bridge.

Pitsford and Brampton map co-ordinates
Parking
The railway has its own car parking, and there are also places to park in the nearby pub-car park if your passengers fancy a quick pint (or two!)
Amenities
The station has toilets, and there is also a restaurant carriage, which is currently tucked away behind the shop (2008), but it is there and serves all kinds of snacks.

There is a pub at the main entrance to the railway, but please consider also trying these:
Spencer Arms in Chapel Brampton.
Fox and Hounds at Harlestone.
The Windhover (off Brampton lane, a stones through from the lines southern extension). This is quite a new pub, but does serve good food, and more importantly, fine ale!
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
Pitsford and Brampton

Googly map
Streetmap links
Pitsford and Brampton general view map
Pitsford and Brampton close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
Pitsford and Brampton



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Photographic notes
Shots on this line are very difficult and limited, but one never shys from a challenge!
There is a pathway which runs parallel with the line to the north, but the sun will be wrong side here from late morning (see figure 6) However, on a dull day, you can at least capture something! (figure 5).
Shots from the platform itself is usually right for the sun in the afternoon/evening(figures 4 and 7)


General views - All photographs Jason Rodhouse unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north - Image Victoria Rodhouse


Fig 1 - Looking north - <i>Image  Victoria Rodhouse</i>


Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 2 - Looking south

This shot was taken to the south of the station, simply follow the footpath which runs alongside the line.

Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking south

This shot was taken to the south of the station, simply follow the footpath which runs alongside the line.

Fig 4 - Looking south


Fig 4 - Looking south


Fig 5 - Looking south



Fig 5 - Looking south


Fig 6 - Looking south



Fig 6 - Looking south

With the sun in the wrong position.

Fig 7 - Looking north



Fig 7 - Looking north


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