The official website of the Leighton Buzzard Railway, one of England's finest narrow-gauge railways. It's a friendly little line with a big story to tell, so read on!
Our main operating season is well under way, following the official opening by our Town Mayor, Councillor Amanda Dodwell. Writing in the local paper, she said how much she and her family had enjoyed their visit, and urged everyone to come and take a ride. We agree, and the line is looking absolutely beautiful at the moment, with all the blossom and wild flowers.
We are now running on Sundays, Bank Holiday weekends and other selected dates until the end of October. This includes Wednesdays during the school Easter holidays, plus the four days of the Easter weekend. See the full details here. New for your convenience in 2014--fee-free online advance booking!
Look out for our railway on the BBC1 series, "Bang Goes The Theory", on Monday 28th April, when we stage an experiment on the effects of the coefficient of friction. Puzzled? You won't be!
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.
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. Meeting the real thing in close-up beats any number of photos or films, we think.
We are a non-profit charitable organisation, run and managed by volunteers, and dedicated to the preservation of our historic railway. 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.