For a number of years our volunteers have been working hard to complete our 1/2 mile extension to Boughton (by the A5199 and The Windhover pub). All the track is down and the signalling is nearly completed.
However, before we can run trains on the extension we need to complete 2 essential tasks:
1. Refurbish Bridge 11
Bridge 11 is a 7 arch low brick viaduct with an additional iron girder cattle creep bridge at the northern end. The bridge is over 140 years old and has been suffering with water ingress. Phase 1 of this work has been completed during June and July 2019. Click the link below to see photos of progress
2. Build a new Station Platform at Boughton
This comprises a 5 coach platform wall with fill material behind and a finished surface. This will give us a second station for the first time and mean the railway goes from somewhere to somewhere! Work is progressing steadily on site. click the link below to see photos of progress.
In 2018 we were extremely fortunate to be awarded grants that would cover 80% of the materials costs for these projects. This comprises:
- £45,160 from LEADER and
- £15,000 from Daventry District Council
However the grants do not cover the cost of labour. As a result, our volunteers have got a big task to complete both projects by September 2020 (under the current revised terms of the grants).
As of March 2020 the main platform wall is almost complete and the coping stone are starting to be laid. However, there is still a very long way to go! We need to move several hundred tonnes of earth behind the wall to raise it up to platform level and then surface it and install fencing, etc. We also intend to build an additional small bay platform at the southern end.
The first phase of the bridge works (installing a new waterproof concrete deck) was completed during June and July 2019. The final phase is to carry out brickwork stitching and re-pointing to the external walls of the viaduct. This should be done soon after the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
We need your help to complete the extension!!!
Help us raise £18,000
You can either donate via our secure Golden Giving fundraising page (and add Gift Aid) via the button below, or send cheques payable to ‘Northampton and Lamport Railway CIO’ to Pitsford and Brampton Station, Pitsford Road, Chapel Brampton, Northampton, NN6 8BA
If you have some spare time at weekends then why not come and get involved with our friendly team? We’d be grateful of all help. In particular, we need anyone with bricklaying experience to help build the platform wall and stitch/re-point the bridge.
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