Rushden Historical Transport Society, Rushden

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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 1/2mi stretch of the line is operated between Rushden station and Prospect Avenue. There are plans to extend the line to Higham Ferrers.Rushden stationRushden 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 stockOn 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.
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  • Brilliant surroundings in an original waiting room on the station platform. Even has original rolling stock..and museum. Lovely bar with all original features..very friendly...Great place.  more »
  • Atmospheric old railway station with gas lighting and a fine place for a quality beer with friendly locals.  more »
  • Cosy, friendly, and steeped in tradition, with a great choice of well kept real ales. Cider lager and the odd Belgian also available.  more »
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  • Lovey day out with or without the children! The beers and ciders are craft and they have a brilliant range , there’s always something on twice a month on a Sunday there is live music ,a few times a year they have 1940s events with live music people dress for the occasion too! Overall it’s a lovely place I’m pleased my dads a member ! They also have a disabled entrance on to the platform and disabled toilet with baby change. After I suggested they needed a baby change area 8 years ago they had one fitted! And now my son is 9 ! And it’s great to see lots of parents using the station steam train rides and little children what could be more fun !
  • Great place to visit, aways things going on for young and old , from trains running to themed weekends.
  • Great place. Well worth a visit. The volunteers work very hard to put on events and keep the place in the highest order.
  • Fantastic place, but line could do with extending a lot if possible, not long enough to attract people from far and wide. I don't drink so can't comment on the bar personally. Some really nice locomotives running and friendly people.
  • Lovely afternoon out. Events days are lovely for kids. Cheap train rides and crafts.

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