Take a trip to Northampton over the festive season to enjoy a relaxed journey along a historic railway line. The Northampton and Lamport Railway spirits passengers on a picturesque stretch of Northamptonshire, and offers special seasonal events.

Read on to find out what you can expect on a ride on the Northampton and Lamport Railway over the festive season.

Northampton and Lamport Railway

For a hundred years, passenger trains ran from Northampton through Pitsford and Brampton, Spratton, Brixworth, Lamport, Kelmarsh, Clipston to Market Harborough. When the line finally closed and much of the route was turned into cycle paths and walkways, but a dedicated group wanted to revive its golden age of steam trains. A public group formed in 1984, with the aim of setting up a heritage railway on a section of the line.

In 1996 a length of the old line was officially opened, giving visitors the chance to take a trip on steam and diesel trains on the Northampton and Lamport Railway.

Pitsford and Brampton Station serves as headquarters of the Northampton and Lamport Railway and is currently serves as the line’s only station. The railway runs on a section of line around 1.5 miles long, so passengers can enjoy a 4 mile return journey.

Forget Rudolph – Take The Train

Over the winter, Northampton and Lamport Railway opens for special events. The star attractions through December are the Santa Specials on Northampton and Lamport Railway.

Before boarding the special steam trains, children can meet Santa Claus in his magical grotto, and will be given a present by the jolly man (if they are on the good list). While you are on the train and travelling through the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, you can enjoy a soft drink and biscuits, while grown-ups can relax with a sherry and mince pie. Children will also love visiting the Model Railway in Pitsford and Brampton Station, especially if they visit when Thomas the Tank Engine and friends make a guest appearance on 14, 15, 21 & 28 December.

The Santa Specials take place on weekends through December, ending on 22 December. They are always very popular, so we recommend you book your ticket for the Northampton and Lamport Railway in advance.

After Christmas, Northampton and Lamport Railway are putting on two ‘Mince Pie Specials’ to mark the end of the festivities. Join them on Sunday 29 December 2013 or Wednesday 01 January 2014 for a mince pie on the train as you prepare to welcome the New Year.

When you visit the Northampton and Lamport Railway, be sure to make time to stop for lunch at the nearby Griffin Inn. This charming restaurant and bar offers a tasty menu over Christmas, with seasonal choices like a roasted turkey meal followed by a Griffin Christmas pudding.

At nearby Kelmarsh Hall, a country house built in 1732, you can enjoy some seasonal fun at the Christmas at Kelmarsh event. On 30 November and 01 December 2013, Kelmarsh will open specially to offer visitors workshops and demonstrations in Christmas decoration, wreath-making, Christmas gifts and cookery, as well as Christmas trees to purchase, warming refreshments and music by local choirs to enjoy. Father Christmas will also be on site, and visitors can stay warm around open fires.

Where to Stay

The Northampton and Lamport Railway is just 5 miles from Northampton centre, and easily accessible by car.

Make the most of your trip to the Northampton and Lamport Railway by staying in Northampton. The Park Inn by Radisson Northampton provides cosy accommodation in the city centre, and you can indulge yourself after your day on the steam train with a gourmet burger and beer at the hotel’s RBG Bar & Grill.

Have you ever been on a steam train?