Hiring the railway


Commercial (test track)


School Visits

Private Hire (events)

Commercial – railway plant/equipment testing, training schools, etc.

The Northampton and Lamport Railway is available to hire for companies and educational institutions in the UK rail sector. The NLR makes an ideal location for:

  • testing rail plant/equipment
  • training staff with new equipment
  • demonstrating equipment/product launch
  • teaching students on rail-related courses

Conveniently located in the middle of the country, with easy access from the trunk road network (M1 and A14), we also have an easy loading/unloading point directly off the A5199 (ideal for rail and road/rail vehicles).

The Railway can be available at short notice, cutting the red tape and the cost of getting access to the national network.

Trains tend not to operate mid-week so, if needed, you can have full possession of the railway, making for a perfect, safe training/testing environment.

The Brampton Valley Way runs along the whole line, meaning its also ideal for demonstrating new equipment to groups at close quarters (literally about 8 feet away) without the hassle of having spectators ‘on the railway’.

The line includes a number of different bridges bridges and structures, as well as a wide range of rails, sleepers and track fixings, making it an ideal venue for varied learning experiences.

We can also offer areas suitable for vegetation management, drainage, structures examination, ultrasonic rail testing and a multitude of other railway associated trades.

We are able to provide on-site catering, if required. There is also classroom accommodation for smaller groups (<8).

Some of our existing partners are:

  • Geismar
  • King Trailers
  • SCCS
  • AKS Training
  • Cranfield University

We will be happy to work with you to find a solution for your training or testing event. Contact us today to discuss your needs.


The Northampton and Lamport Railway offers a great location for filming and photography.

Our vintage rolling stock (steam locomotives and carriages) and buildings (signal boxes) can provide an atmospheric scene evoking a true feeling of yesteryear.

The industrial and currently un-restored nature of some of our other items can also provide a rich backdrop for photoshoots.

We also have the Allchin steam roller, which is also available for hire.

The music video below was shot entirely at the NLR and gives a great impression of what can be achieved

School Visits

The Northampton and Lamport Railway are happy to provide organised day trips for school parties.

Please contact us at enquiries@nlr.org.uk to discuss your needs.

Although the railway is not normally open during the week, we can make arrangements for educational tours, and provide catering, if needed.

If you wish to hire a train to run on the day of your visit, please contact us for prices for this.

Special events

Do you have a special event that you’d like to stage at the Northampton and Lamport Railway?

You can either:

  • Hire half a carriage (32 seats) on one of our normal service trains (great for a special birthday treat), or
  • Hire a whole carriage (64 seats) on one of our normal service trains, exclusively for your group, or
  • Hire a whole train (3 carriages) on one of our normal operating days, exclusively for your group (with your choice of being steam of diesel hauled), or
  • Hire a train on a day the railway is otherwise closed (with your choice of steam or diesel loco)

Prices on asking. Please contact us at enquiries@nlr.org.uk to discuss your needs.



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?

Do you have any second hand equipment that you could donate to the Railway

The Northampton and Lamport Railway is run purely by volunteers and relies on donations, so any assistance is gratefully received.

Please contact us at enquiries@nlr.org.uk to discuss your needs.

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