Leighton Buzzard Railway

Newly restored "Pedemoura" outside the new station building at Page's Park
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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.

Venue Type:

Transport heritage site, Association or society, Museum, Industrial heritage site, Heritage site

Opening hours

See website buzzrail.co.uk for details.

Admission charges

Adult £10.00
Senior Citizen £8.50
Child (age 2-15) £6.00
Child (under 2) FREE

Reduced fares are available with Family and Group tickets. Fares without a Gift Aid donation are available on request.

Getting there

From the A505 Leighton Buzzard Southern Bypass, follow the brown steam-train signs along Billington Road, and our station is on the right, alongside the public park of the same name.
Leighton Buzzard main-line station is on the other side of town, Local Arriva bus service D1 runs from the main-line station and town centre to Page's Park, but not on Sundays or Bank Holidays. Ask for the "Narrow Gauge Railway" stop.

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.

Collection details

Industry, Land Transport, Weapons and War

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
War Department Light Railways No 2182

WDLR 100

  • 3 — 4 September 2016 10:30am-3:30pm

To commemorate the founding of the War Department Light Railways in 1916, we create the fictitious rail-served supply base of Croix-Pierre. Passengers will arrive on troop trains, and experience the hustle and bustle of a front-line operation The railway itself was built in 1919, with war-surplus materials and equipment, to transport sand from the local quarries.

Elsewhere, we will be showing the Imperial War Museums film "The Battle of the Somme".

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Adult £10.00; Senior £8.50; Child (2-15 years) £6.00

"The Battle of the Somme film free of charge, but donations appreciated

Website

http://www.buzzrail.co.uk/static/events.html

Getting there

From the A505 Leighton Buzzard Southern Bypass, follow the brown steam-train signs along Billington Road, and our station is on the right, alongside the public park of the same name.
Leighton Buzzard main-line station is on the other side of town, Local Arriva bus service D1 runs from the main-line station and town centre to Page's Park, but not on Sundays or Bank Holidays. Ask for the "Narrow Gauge Railway" stop.

Leighton Buzzard Railway
Page's Park Station
Billington Road
Leighton Buzzard
Bedfordshire
LU7 4TN
England

Website

Website

www.buzzrail.co.uk

E-mail

Enquiries

station@lbngrs.org.uk

Telephone

Enquiries

01525 373888

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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