The Northampton - Market Harborough line.
This 14 mile mainly double track line finally closed to all traffic on October 16th 1981. Regular passenger services albeit only the
Euston - Kettering - Nottingham - Leeds - Carlisle - Glasgow and return sleeper working ceased beyond Nottingham in 1973.
Traffic on the line consisted of coal, parcels and speedlink traffic in later years. The line saw heavy excursion traffic especially
for Wembley fixtures plus local Merrymakers and a few railtours.
5016 (later 24016) Northampton - Leicester (via Market Harborough) leg of an RCTS tour on 260366
1960 (later 47514/703) 2250 Glasgow - Euston sleeper (via Nottingham, MH and Northampton) on 190271, E3051 (82004) forward from Northampton
44008 Toton - Willesden coal to Northampton on 270973
47524 Newcastle - Wembley footex (via Leicester, MH and Northampton) on 280276 Man C 2 Newcastle 1 League cup finalc
45008 replaced 86250 at Northampton with the "Highwayman" Railtour from Euston to Carlisle on 140479
New uses - the footpath/cycleway
Thanks to Dave J for the phots and gen
The line now forms a linear cycling/walking route linking Northampton with Market Harborough with many interesting features en route and is highly recommended
New uses - Preservation
The Northampton and Lamport railway currently operate a short section of the route and have a welcome pro diesel policy. Services began on November 19th 1995. Classes 25/26/27/31/37/45/47 and 56 have all
been based on the line over the years but just 31289 and 47205 (former Cricklewood local machine) are currently present but are operational. 47205 is expected to work all trains
this coming Sunday June 28th 2015 for example.
More to follow, any Northampton - Market Harborough memories very welcome.