Rushden, Higham and Wellingborough Railway

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Rushden, Higham and Wellingborough Railway
Running line at Rushden, Higham & Wellingborough Railway.jpg
Running line at Rushden, Higham & Wellingborough Railway
Commercial operations
Name British Rail
Original gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Preserved operations
Operated by Rushden Historical Transport Society
Stations 1
Length 12 mile (0.8 km)
Preserved gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Commercial history
Closed 1971
Preservation history
Headquarters Rushden station
Rushden, Higham &
Wellingborough Railway
Higham Ferrers
Footpath crossing
Prospect Avenue
Shirley Road Bridge
Midland Main Line
Rushden Yard
Footpath crossing
Northampton and
Peterborough Railway
River Nene
Bridge (Currently missing)
Midland Main Line

The Rushden, Higham & Wellingborough Railway is a heritage railway operated by the Rushden Historical Transport Society in the United Kingdom.

The original aim was to re-open the majority of the ex-Midland Railway branch line from Wellingborough to Higham Ferrers, which had been closed completely in November 1969, however this is no longer the intention. As of April 2016, around 12 mile (0.8 km) stretch of the line is operated between Rushden station and Prospect Avenue. The RH&WR plans to extend the line to a halt at Higham Ferrers.

Rushden station

Rushden station has been preserved by the Rushden Historical Transport Society. The station building is fully intact and open with no admission fee although donations are requested.

The footbridge is currently missing, and a level crossing divides the platform into two sections. A replacement footbridge similar to the original is awaiting installation, at which point the missing section of platform will be replaced.

On operating days trains use a separate platform slightly to the east. There is a signal box on site also. To the west immediately after the station there is a bridge missing. To the east, the line ends adjacent to Prospect Ave, and is used throughout the year.

Rolling stock

On site can be found a main-line diesel, Class 31, 31206, a number of Mark 1 carriages and a Gresley buffet car. In addition the line has a few industrial steam locomotives and some small diesel shunters. Frequently a number of preserved buses and coaches can also be found on the site.[1]

  • Steam Locomotives
    • Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST No 2168 "Edmundsons". Built in 1940. Undergoing overhaul.
    • Aveling and Porter 2-2-0WT No 9449 The Blue Circle. Built in 1926. Operational.
    • Bagnall 0-6-0ST No 2654 Cherwell. Awaiting funds for major restoration.
  • Diesel locomotives
    • BR A1A-A1A Class 31 no. 31206. Operational. BR Railfreight Built in 1960.
    • BR A1A-A1A Class 31 no. 31289. Operational. BR Blue. Built in 1961.
    • BR 0-6-0 Class 03 no. 03179. First Capital Connect purple.
    • 4wDH Diesel-Hydraulic Sentinel shunter no. 10159. Operational.
  • Diesel multiple units
    • BR Class 121 no. 55029 (977968) Network Rail Yellow Built in 1960.

See also


  1. ^ "Preserved Railway stock list". UKLocos. Retrieved 2012-06-22.

External links

  • The railway website

Coordinates: 52°17′41″N 0°35′52″W / 52.2946°N 0.5977°W / 52.2946; -0.5977

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