Help the Railway


There are many ways in which you can support and help the Railway. Please click on the links below to find out more.

To make a donation by post, please send cheques payable to ‘Northampton and Lamport Railway CIO’ to: Northampton and Lamport Railway CIO, Pitsford and Brampton Station, Pitsford Road, Chapel Brampton, Northants, NN6 8BA

As of March 2022, the Railway has moved its online donations to Peoples Fundraising. Peoples Fundraising provides a secure and very low cost platform for our fundraising, meaning more of the money you donate goes straight to helping the Railway.

Donate to our current Appeal

Our current main project is the southern extension to Boughton. Our other current appeal is to restore the CIO’s-own BR Mk1 TSO coach (No.3919).

Regular Direct Debit donations

You can set up regular donations to the Railway using Direct Debit. This can be done via our secure Peoples Fundraising page. Please click the link below:

General one-off donations

Make a general one-off donation to the Railway, rather than to a specific appeal. Again, please follow the direct link to our Peoples Fundraising page below:

Payroll Giving

Payroll Giving is the easiest way to make regular donations to the Railway. It is also tax efficient. Payroll Giving donations cost you at least 25% less as they’re taken from your pre-tax pay. It’s the most efficient way to give!

You can give as much or little as you want, be it £5, £10, £20 or more.

An example contribution of £10 per month via Payroll Giving for a standard 20% taxpayer will equate to a £12.50 donation to the Railway (£150 per year). That means £30 of the tax you pay each year goes straight to the Railway. A 40% taxpayer giving the same amount would equate to £16.66 per month, or £199.92 per year (i.e. £79.92 of tax going to the Railway). It also comes out automatically at the start of each month, which means you don’t miss it.

Setting up payroll giving is simple and easy. I’ve recently done it myself. Your employer may already be signed up to a payroll giving agency, so speak you your Finance department. Tell them you wish to donate to the Northampton and Lamport Railway CIO, registered charity No. 1172398, and confirm the amount you’d like to donate.

If they’re not already set up then ask them to arrange it, as other employees may also wish to give to their chosen charity. Some agencies charge a small commission, whereas others are commission-free (such as Giveall –, which means the Railway gets 100% of the money you donate!

Payroll Giving is only available for salaried PAYE employees.

Other Ideas

Legacy Funding

By leaving the Railway a gift in your will you help to secure its future and ensure it endures for future generations to enjoy. Legacy funds to date have made a massive impact on some of our development projects, including the current southern extension. You can really help make a difference.

For more information, click here:

Commercial Sponsorship

Could your business sponsor one of our special events or a particular capital project? Or might you be willing to offer professional services to the Railway on a pro-bono or discounted basis?

If your business would like to sponsor the Railway, please contact us by emailing

Local Lotto

You could have a chance to win up to £25,000 and help the Railway at the same time.

For every £1 ticket the NLR gets 40% when tickets are purchased from our page. A further 10% goes to other good causes in the area.

Its a win-win situation!

Become a Member

By becoming a Member of the CIO you will receive copies of our in-house magazine ‘Premier Line’ and other benefits.

Life memberships are also available

Volunteer at the Railway

Volunteering at the Railway can be extremely rewarding.

There are a great variety of roles available that can suit whatever interests or capabilities you have

Buy Shares

Apply to buy shares in our operating company, Northampton Steam Railway Ltd. This is a private limited company that works on a not-for-profit basis, with any profits made being re-invested in the Railway.

Shareholders do not receive an annual dividend.

For more information, please contact

Nectar Donate

Link your Nectar account to your Crowdfunder account and donate as many of your points as you’d like to the NLR, with no hidden fees.


If you use TopCashback you can donate a percentage of your cashback to the ‘Northampton and Lamport Railway CIO’ by updating the charity section of your ‘payout details’ on your profile


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