TOP AWARD FOR "OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO RAILWAY PRESERVATION"
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 on 11th February, 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.
19th February 2017
Busy start to new season!
Despite a strong, chilly wind, the first day of the 2017 season got off to a spectacular start on 19th March. Originally planned as a single set of locomotive and coaches, online bookings kept on coming in, and a second set 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.
New postcode for Page's Park
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. Our new postcode is instead shared with the shop at the end of our access road.
7th November 2016
Link road construction progress
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.
12th February 2017
TripAdvisor certificate awarded--again!
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.
Please keep on reviewing us.
15th January 2017