Welcome to BUZZRAIL
Official website of the Leighton Buzzard Railway. England's friendly little line!
2016 promises to be a big year for us. Work has now started on one of the most exciting projects in the railway's history--a brand-new and much larger station building at Page's Park!
Immediately after Christmas, the old one was stripped of everything that will be useful in the new premises. Our booking office and admin will be operating out of a temporary building for the next few months. The old building has been demolished, and we await the arrival of the builders.
Although we have managed to raise most of the money required for this major project, we are still short of our target. So any donations will still be very welcome. Just click on the JustGiving button on your right.
During 2016, we also continue our period of commemoration of the centenary of the First World War. And what better time to visit 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 the surroundings have changed.
Now a nationally accredited working museum, our collection includes several locomotives and other items which actually worked on the supply lines to the First World War trenches, and survived.
In 2016, we will be running major events to remember the start of operations by War Department Light Railways, which supplied the fighting forces of the Battle of the Somme among others.
1916 was also the year in which the Motor Rail & Tram Car Company--WDLR's biggest supplier of petrol-powered narrow-gauge locomotives--set up its works in nearby Bedford. We shall be marking that centenary, as well. See our Events page for details.
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!