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Northampton (Castle) railway station is the railway station that serves Northamptonmarker and parts of the south of Northamptonshiremarker in Englandmarker. Other parts of South Northamptonshire are better served by Kings Sutton, Banbury and Milton Keynes stations.

The station is served by London Midland local services to Londonmarker and London Midland services to Birmingham New Streetmarker, on the Northampton loop of the West Coast Main Linemarker. Virgin Trains also run infrequent fast services to / from London. These services usually operate at the extremes of the day.

History

At one time there were three railway stations in Northampton: Northampton marker, Northampton marker and Northampton (Castle). The latter was named after the castlemarker which formerly occupied the site and now survives as the town's only station.

Bridge Street station was the first station in Northampton, which opened in 1845. The first railway line to be built in to Northampton was a branch line off the London and Birmingham Railway from Blisworthmarker to Peterboroughmarker. Northampton was served on this line by Bridge Street station.

Castle station (as it is still sometimes known to this day) was the second station to be opened, on the site of the historic castle. It first opened in 1881 but was originally only a minor station serving the branch line to Market Harborough.

The third station was St. John's Street station, which was opened in 1872, and was the terminus of the Midland Railway's branch line to Bedford, and was completely separate from the other stations.

With the construction of the Northampton loop off the West Coast Main Linemarker in the late 1870s, Castle station was dramatically expanded and soon became Northampton's main station, serving the main line to London and Birmingham. The enlargement of the station completely demolished the surviving remains of the castle, with the exception of a "postern gate" which is incorporated into a boundary wall.

St John's station was an early victim of closure, closing to passengers and freight in 1939. Bridge Street station survived until 1964, when the Northampton to Peterborough line was closed, leaving only Castle station serving the town.

The current station was the result of a rebuilding in the 1960s, as part of the modernisation of the West Coast Main Line that saw its electrification.

The 2005 film Kinky Boots featured a station named 'Northampton', although the scenes were filmed at nearby Wellingboroughmarker on the Midland Main Line.

References

  • The Last Days Of Steam In Northamptonshire, by John M.C. Healy (1989) ISBN 0-86299-613-9
  • History of Northampton


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