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Written by Jason Rodhouse - 09 Aug 2008
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Location notes
Merry Tom Crossing is a rural location at the, current, northern limit of the Northampton and Lamport Railway. This section of preserved railway is on the old line from Northampton to Market Harborough.
Railway type and traffic
The railway runs regular trains most weekends. They may have steam only weekends, Thomas the Tank engine days, or diesel only days, so it is best to check their web site prior to visiting.
Environment
This particular spot is in a quiet field. The fencing, or what`s left of it, around the field would not do a very good job of keeping any farm animals!
Road directions
From Northampton, head out towards Welford on the A5199. Continue until you pass through Church Brampton. Immediately after this village, there is a farm track on the right, followed by one on the left. You need the next track on the right! This will lead you to the field. You may find it easier to continue over the old crossing and turnaround.
If you are at Pitsford and Brampton station, you can also reach this spot if you walk along the line, then cross into the field at the old crossing.

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Merry Tom Crossing map co-ordinates
Parking
You can park at the station and walk, or park alongside the field down the lane.
Public transport
None easily available.

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Amenities
The station has toilets, and there is also a restaurant carriage, which is currently tucked away behind the shop (2008), but it is there and serves all kinds of snacks.

There is a pub at the main entrance to the railway, but please consider also trying these:
Spencer Arms in Chapel Brampton.
Fox and Hounds at Harlestone.
The Windhover (off Brampton lane, a stones through from the lines southern extension). This is quite a new pub, but does serve good food, and more importantly, fine ale!
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
Merry Tom Crossing

Googly map
Streetmap links
Merry Tom Crossing general view map
Merry Tom Crossing close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
Merry Tom Crossing



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Photographic notes


General views - All photographs © Jason Rodhouse unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south


Fig 1 - Looking south

Across the field, using a telephoto lens.

Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 2 - Looking south

Taken from the lane, avoiding the field. However this shot is clearly very limited.

Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 4 - Looking north


Fig 4 - Looking north

This view shows the lines current limit.

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