Welcome to BUZZRAIL
Official website of the Leighton Buzzard Railway. England's friendly little line!
Advance booking is now in full swing for our popular Santa Specials in December. One train is also fully booked, so don't delay!
In this period of commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, what better time to visit a railway that was built immediately afterwards, 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. This includes the newly arrived Brigadelok, which worked briefly on the German side of the trenches, and then for many peaceful years on a French sugar-beet railway.
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.
We are a non-profit charitable organisation, run and managed by volunteers, and dedicated to the preservation of our historic railway since 1967. 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!
Month by month TripAdvisor reviews:
"Grandchildren loved it": May
"A very nice little railway, well worth a visit": June
"A great day out (without being ripped off)": July
"The trip, even though the early part is in suburbia, is beautiful": August
"A fabulous family experience...Trains are brilliant, and I believe the staff are volunteers": September
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