Welcome to BUZZRAIL
Official website of the Leighton Buzzard Railway. England's friendly little line!
Welcome to an exciting year for the Leighton Buzzard Railway. Work is now well under way on one of the biggest projects in the railway's history--a brand-new and much larger station building at Page's Park!
This does, however, mean that our main station will be a building site for the next few weeks, and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience. Please contact us with any particular concerns, especially over people with limited mobility.
During 2016, we are continuing our period of commemoration of the centenary of the First World War. And what could be more appropriate than a railway that was built immediately after the armisitice--for a peaceful purpose, but using war-surplus materials and equipment? The peaceful purpose was to transport the high-quality sand which is still quarried in the area, and the line still runs where it was first laid, almost a century ago, even though some of the surroundings have changed.
We will be running a major event to remember the start of operations by War Department Light Railways, which transported men, armaments and supplies to the fighting forces of the Battle of the Somme and beyond.They also brought back the casualties.
1916 was the year in which the Motor Rail & Tram Car Company--WDLR's biggest supplier of petrol-powered narrow-gauge locomotives--set up its Simplex works in nearby Bedford. We shall be marking that centenary over the May half-term holiday. See our Events page for details.
During the year, we also expect to launch "Pedemoura" into service--a big steam engine that has not worked for 40 years, and has been restored by our expert volunteers. Look out for more information.
We are a non-profit charitable organisation, run and managed by volunteers, and dedicated to the preservation of our historic railway since 1967--almost fifty years! We have many openings for anyone who wants to join us, and put a skill to good use, or maybe even learn some new ones. Come and talk to us!
Although we will do our best to deliver the advertised services and events, please remember that these are subject to availability, as we are using working museum pieces.