Leighton Buzzard Railway
Page's Park Station
The Leighton Buzzard Railway is one of the few surviving narrow-gauge light railways in England. It was built in 1919, using materials and equipment that were surplus from the War Department Light Railways that had supplied the battlefields in World War 1.
Originally built to serve the local sand quarrying industry, the railway has carried a passenger service, mostly hauled by historic steam engines, since 1968. It is operated by the volunteer members of a non-profit society.
The track is 2 foot (610mm) gauge, and the return journey--from Page's Park on the edge of Leighton Buzzard to Stonehenge Works in the Bedfordshire countryside--takes 70 minutes.
Museum, Heritage site, Industrial heritage site, Transport heritage site
Sun 14 March-31 October
Mon 5 April; 3 & 31 May; 30 August
Tues 3-24 August
Wed 7 & 14 April; 2 June-25 August; 27 October
Thurs 5-26 August
Fri 2 April
Sat 3-17 April; 1 & 29 May; 5 June; 31 July-28 August; 11 September
Departures from Page's Park station 10.40-15.40
Also Christmas trains in December
Senior Citizen £6.00
Child (age 2-15) £4.00
Child (under 2) FREE
Family Ticket: 2 adults + 2 children £22.00
Family Ticket: 2 adults + 1 child £18.00
Day Rover Ticket: Adult £14.00; Child £7.00
The railway was originally built to carry sand from the extensive quarries to the north of Leighton Buzzard, and the collection of locomotives, wagons and quarry machinery reflects this heritage.
The military connection cannot be forgotten, either, and one of the stars of the collection is an armoured petrol locomotive, built for the trenches, and now on loan from the National Railway Museum. Similar machines hauled sand trains at Leighton Buzzard until the 1950s.
Working displays take place regularly during the operating season, while other items are on static display.
Industry, Land Transport, Weapons and War