The Rushden, Higham and Wellingborough Railway

The heritage railway is operated by The Rushden, Higham and Wellingborough Railway (RHWR) and presently has ½ mile of track. It uses a class 142 "Pacer" diesel unit operating passenger trains at events throughout the year, and has steam and diesel locomotives currently under restoration. The railway is also available for private hire.

The railway was built by The Midland Railway in 1894 and became the only branch line in Northamptonshire. The line ran from Wellingborough through Rushden to Higham Ferrers.

Such was the need to carry products for the boot and shoe trade in Rushden a large goods facility was provided with regular freight traffic running between the passenger trains.

Regular passenger trains ceased in June 1959 although the line continued to see Saturday specials running up to around 1965. The last known passenger train to transverse the line was on the 18th May 1968 formed of a diesel multiple unit on an enthusiasts special.

Freight traffic continued until November 1969 when the line finally closed. The last train being formed of a class 25 diesel which collected twelve iron ore tippler wagon from Higham Station.

Soon after closure the track was lifted with Rushden goods shed and yard becoming a highways depot while the station building was rented out to various businesses.

In 1984 Rushden Historical Transport Society obtained a lease on Rushden Station building which led to its eventual purchase in 1996.
After many years of hard work by members the site was developed and restored and on the 13th June 2009 RHWR ran its first passenger train from Rushden Station exactly 50 years to the day the last regular passenger service ceased.

In 2011 the line towards Higham Ferrers was extended by ¼ mile, whilst 2015 will see the start of Phase 3 which will add a further ¼ mile of track linking the Rushden and Higham for the first time in 55 years.

A fourth and final stage will eventually see the railway establish a halt in Higham Ferrers extending the line to total length of approximately a mile.

Railway Timetable

Rushden, Higham, and Wellingborough Railway train departure times from Rushden Station.

We endeavour to run with trains as described, but will run suitable alternatives, if necessary. We will only run a service when conditions permit.

During 2022, our Class 142 Pacer will run during our special events (as described on the homepage) according to the timetables below.

All passenger rides comprise two journeys between Rushden Station and the end of the line at Prospect Avenue, and take approximately 15 minutes.

Please note that these timetables are subject to short notice alteration based on passenger demand and other operational requirements.

Standard Times

10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 13.00, 13.45, 14.30, 15.15, 16.00.

Hallowe'en Ghost Train Times

16.30, 17.15, 18.00, 18.45, 19.30