Leighton Buzzard Railway

Passengers admire restored steam locomotive
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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

Opening hours

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

Admission charges

Adult £8.00
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.

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.

Industry Train Displays

  • 9 August 2015
  • 12 September 2015
  • 25 October 2015

Once upon a time, there were thousands of little narrow-gauge railways like ours across the country, forming a vital part of the transport networks of a variety of industries, as well as the miitary.

Almost all have now vanished, but the Leighton Buzzard Railway--in continuous operation since 1919--has survived. Using our working museum collection of locomotives and wagons, we recreate those bygone years.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Fares apply.

Website

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

Steam-Up Weekend

  • 12 — 13 September 2015

A weekend of busy steam action, the highlight of which is expected to be a public steaming of Portuguese loco "Pedemoura" (subject to availability) at the end of a 40-year overhaul! Also resident "P C Allen" which used to shunt wagons in a chemical works in northern Spain. Other locos with Portuguese or Spanish connections are being lined up to visit.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Fares apply.

Website

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

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

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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