Why come on an ordinary day, when you can come and enjoy a special event? The 2017 Events programme is bigger than ever, with someting for everyone!
19th MARCH: Volunteers' Day. Come and find out what makes an award-winning railway tick. Meet today's volunteers, and see whether you of someone you know might like to join us. And we are offering rock-bottom fares for one day only, to tempt you:.£2 ADULT and £1 CHILD. Tickets haven't been this cheap for absoutely ages!
26th MARCH: Mothering Sunday Treat Mum to a steam train ride and a cream tea! (Cream teas served 10.30 to 16.00 in the Page's Park station buffet)
2nd APRIL: Oxjam Music Festival
9th APRIL: Grandparents go free. If accompanied by a fare-paying Child.
16th-17th APRIL: Meet the Easter Bunny
30th APRIL/1st MAY: Anything Goes. If it can move, it very probably will, some time over the weekend! Also experience Great War goods wagon rides at Stonehenge Works station.
28th/29th MAY: Teddy Bears' Bank Holiday. Fun with bears, and accompanied children who bring their bears for a ride will travel free.
3rd/4th JUNE: The Buzzrail Ale Trail. Celebrating the rise of locally brewed craft beers, with bars at both ends of the line.Extra early evening trains to allow more relaxed drinking time. On the Saturday, travel by D1 local bus (Narrow-Gauge Railway stop) from the main-line station or town-centre bus stops.
10th/11th JUNE: Steam, Comic & Culture Festival
18th JUNE: Fathers' Day--Treat Dad to a free ride with a steam engine driver.
25th JUNE: Vintage Vehicles Rally. The latest run of our hugely popular event,
2nd JULY: MEET PADDINGTON BEAR! At intervals during the day.
29th JULY: Canal Festival: Combine the best in local transport heritage in one day.
9th/10th SEPTEMBER: Iron Warhorse Centenary. Two of our locomotives, War Department Light Railways 778 and 2182, which served in the Great War battlefields and survived, celebrate their centenaries. Also rides on WW1 goods wagons at Stonehenge Works.
17th SEPTEMBER: Bedfordshire Walking Week
24th SEPTEMBER: Sand & Motor Cycles. Our annual rally of motor-cycles old and new, plus trade stands, and live music, with extra train departures.
30th SEPTEMBER/1st OCTOBER: Fifty Not Out. Celebrating the first half-century of the volunteer-led society which runs this unique railway. We aim to have at least 10 locos in steam, so watch this space!
8th OCTOBER: Seniors Go Free Day. Must be accompanied by a fare-paying Child.
15th OCTOBER: Diesels Day.
22nd OCTOBER: Princesses & Pirates Dress-Up Day. Free travel for accompanied children who have dressed for the occasion.
28th OCTOBER: Steam Glow. Take a steam train ride to an atmospheric evening phtoto-shoot. Special timetable and fares apply. Note there is no daytime service.
29th OCTOBER: Small Engines Day
12th NOVEMBER: Remembrance Sunday
DECEMBER: Christmas Steam!
We will post more details as they become available. Watch this space!
Please note that money-off vouchers and other external promotions will not be available on the event days shown above. All events and displays may be subject to alteration or cancellation.
Look out also for these popular side-attractions.
The Engine Shed Show
Free guided tours of the engine shed at Page's Park, with lots of information and pictures about our surprising history, and the chance to get close-up to the engines not being used on the passenger service.Operates every Sunday and Bank Holiday, subject to volunteers being available.
Quarry Digger Displays
Come and see how sand was dug out and transported in the local quarries, using our restored 10RB excavator, and authentic locomotives and tipping wagons.
Industry Train Displays
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.
Our 7.25 inch track at Stonehenge Works, for working scale-model locomotives and trains, will also be in regular use on operating days, offering free rides to passengers from the "main" railway. Donations welcome.
In addition to the outdoor events, we will be using the Margaret Moore Community Room, at Page's Park station, for indoor activities throughout the season. We also hire out this facility--contact us for details.