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2018 Special Events timetable released

12 November 2017

The events calendar for 2018 has now been released. We'll have some exciting new events including a whisky festival, alongside our annual staples such as the Ale Trail, Sand & Motorcycles and Vintage Vehicles Rally.

Our timetable for the first half of 2018 is now also published. Tickets for 2018 will be on sale from January.

Leighton Buzzard Railway joins easyfundraising.org.uk

28 October 2017

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If you shop online regularly, you can now donate money to us at the same time – at no extra cost to you! Simply head via the easyfundraising website, sign up and select Leighton Buzzard Railway as your chosen cause, click on the link to one of more than 3,000 retailers and shop as normal. The affiliate commission earned by the site is then sent to us as a donation. Why not join today and help the railway for free? If you're eligible for Gift Aid, we'll get an extra 25%, too!

Christmas Santa Specials – tickets on sale now!

10 September 2017

Tickets for our Santa Specials are now on sale. New for this year is our Santa After Dark experience.

Leighton Buzzard receives Transport Trust ‘Red Wheel’ Award

28 August 2017

The Leighton Buzzard Railway received yet another award on Thursday 24th August when President of the Transport Trust (and Railway President) Sir William McAlpine unveiled a ‘Red Wheel’ plaque at the Railway’s Stonehenge Works site. The Trust is Britain’s only charity dedicated to the preservation of all modes of transport and its infrastructure.

The Trust presents the ‘Red Wheel’ plaques to draw attention to sites of significant transport heritage interest. In the case of the Leighton Buzzard Railway, built in 1919 using ex-WW1 materials to carry sand, the award highlights the line as ‘a rare survivor from the era of railways used as internal transport within British industry’. The plaque is mounted on the former stables block at Stonehenge Works, which is now used as a workshop.

Red Wheel Award

Transport Trust officers and members joined Society Vice-Presidents, officers and members on the 12.20 hrs service train to Stonehenge Works, complete with ‘Red Wheel Rambler’ headboard, where the award was unveiled. The train was appropriately hauled by locomotive ‘P.C.Allen’ named after the late industrialist and noted railway author Sir Peter Allen who was the first President of the Transport Trust. The locomotive had been given to Sir Peter on his retirement by the Solvay works in Spain where it had spent its working life. Sir Peter later presented it to the Railway for restoration, after residing in his garden for many years!

The award follows receipt by the Railway of the recent ‘Queens Award for Voluntary Service’ and the Heritage Railway Association’s premier accolade, the Peter Manisty award earlier this year.

We need your help!

21 June 2017

In our 50th year, we've launched an appeal to extend our line back to its original terminus, and need to raise £40,000 by the end of September to secure track components and to start preparatory works. Please see our special page for full details.

Third year in a row

20 June 2017

We're delighted to announce we've been award TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence for a third year in a row. We coudn't have done this without your support (and your reviews), so thank you very much. Want to leave us a review? Find out how on our customer reviews page.

We have an app!

10 June 2017

The railway is now part of the Heritage Railway Association's Heritage Railway Trails app. Find out all about it, including download instructions on the our app page.

Leighton Buzzard Railway wins Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

2 June 2017

Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Volunteers at the Leighton Buzzard Railway are celebrating the award of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The award is the equivalent to the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement, Queen’s Award for Technology or, for an individual, the MBE.

The award, following a nomination by past Mayor of Leighton Buzzard Councillor Amanda Dodwell, comes as the Society prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary later this year and follows hard on the heels of the Railway receiving the Heritage Railway Association’s Premier Award in February.

The award citation was made for ‘Fifty years of conserving England’s industrial railway heritage, in Bedfordshire’.

The Leighton Buzzard Railway is run, managed and operated entirely by volunteers drawn from all walks of life and from across the community. ‘We are thrilled, honoured but above all humbled to have received this award’ said Chairman Terry Bendall. ‘Our team today still includes a number of members who helped to get us off the ground back in 1967, truly they have given a lifetime of commitment. And we are proud to have an active number of junior volunteers, eager to learn from them, thereby ensuring the survival of the traditional skills and trades upon which our future as a heritage railway depends’.

The award was notified to the Railway following a visit to the Railway by a Committee of Deputies to the Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, late last year. The awards are announced on the 2nd June each year, the anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne.

The Lord Lieutenant will formally present the award to the Railway on Friday 28th July.

Road numbering changes

4 May 2017

The Dunstable northern bypass has now opened. The road from the new junction 11A of the M1 to the roundabout of the A5 and A505 has been designated as the A5. As a result, the former A5 from this point to Dunstable is now the A505, and from Dunstable to junction 9 of the M1 has been de-trunked to the A5183. In addition the A4146 between Leighton Buzzard and Hemel Hempstead has been reclassified as the B440. Our find us page has been changed to reflect the new road numbers, and will show both old and new numbers to allow time for road signs and satnav systems to be updated.

Function Room for hire

8 April 2017

The railway now has a room for hire. Please click here for details.

Busy start to new season!

19 March 2017

Despite a strong, chilly wind, the first day of the 2017 season got off to a spectacular start on 19 March. Originally planned as a one-train day, online bookings kept on coming in, and a second train was quickly crewed up.

This was also failing to meet demand, so the final throw of the dice - an extra coach and locomotive on the second set - just about allowed us to provide the train ride our customers were expecting, with a minimum of waiting. Almost every seat on every train was sold, underlining the importance of booking online in advance.

The attraction was, of course, the big fare price cuts for one day only, designed to give people a taster of what we do, and to attract those interested in membership of our Society, and volunteering to help keep the line alive.

That too was successful.

Top Award For 'Outstanding Contribution To Railway Preservation'

19 February 2017

Page's Park new station

Volunteers at the Leighton Buzzard Railway are delighted by the news that their hard work has been recognised by the Heritage Railway Association's highest national award, named after the late Peter Manisty, one of railway preservation's pioneers.

The award plaque was presented formally at the HRA's Annual General Meeting dinner, by Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman of Network Rail (above right). It was received on behalf of the Society by the Chairman, Terry Bendall.

The award recognises the LBR's "Outstanding Contribution to Railway Preservation" during 2016. Previous holders include the National Railway Museum for its "Mallard 75" event in 2014, and London Transport Museum's 2013 event celebrating the 150th anniversary of the opening of the world's first underground railway.

The judges were particularly impressed by the Society's determination to press on and build a new station at Page's Park, despite being disappointed by the outcome of grant applications. Apart from a Section 106 payment from neighbouring housing developments, most of the funding in fact came from the Society's membership, a remarkable achievement.

Link road construction progress

12 February 2017

If you come to Leighton Buzzard from Junction 12 of the M1, you will have seen work in progress on the course of the extension to the A505, from the new Junction 11A of the M1, north of Dunstable. 

When finished in June, it will give our visitors direct access from the M1 to the A505/A4146 Leighton Buzzard southern bypass. This will reduce travel times, particularly for those coming from the London area. We look forward to its completion.

TripAdvisor certificate awarded--again!

15 January 2017

In 2016, for the second year running, the Leighton Buzzard Railway was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the TripAdvisor tourism planning website, for the high standard of the reviews it has received.

More than three-quarters of the reviewers have rated us 'Excellent' or 'Very Good', and we have used both positive and negative feedback as a prompt to take action on any aspects of our customer experience over which we have any influence.

New postcode for Page's Park

1 January 2017

The postcode for Page's Park - our main station and registered office - has recently been changed to LU7 4TG. This will come as a great relief to satnav users, who have been known to get lost in a nearby industrial estate!

Phone (UK): 01525 373888
Phone (International): +44 1525 373 888
Email: station@lbngrs.org.uk
Web: www.buzzrail.co.uk

Registered Office:
Page's Park Station, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 4TG. United Kingdom
Company No. 2319743.   Place of Registration: Country of Origin: United Kingdom

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