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Rail ride to the past

One of the historic trains

On September 9th and 10th the Leighton Buzzard Railway will be holding another event to mark the centenary of the Great War, featuring its unique collection of exhibits from that time. First World War wagon rides recreating the journeys the troops took to the frontline will be available, with smoke effects, and re-enactment staff on hand to provide information about the war. There will also be displays of equipment and weapons.

In order to gain the most from their visit its is suggested that visitors plan on spending 130 minutes on the trip in order to experience the extra wagon ride at Stonehenge Works before the return journey to Pages Park. Visitors will also see a Great War British Army Baldwin steam locomotive hauling freight trains and, on display, a unique Armoured Simplex petrol loco, the “Tin Turtle”. Both of these iron warhorses celebrate their centenary this year. Also on display will be a rebuilt, First War design survivor, 20hp petrol locomotive “Festoon”. There will also be a chance to ‘cross the lines’ and get closer to a German Army Krauss locomotive, which awaits restoration.

The Leighton Buzzard Railway was itself built using materials recovered from the Great War battlefield railways.

What you need to know: Advance booking is strongly recommended. Visit www.buzzrail.co.uk for full details of times and fares and to book online.

Factfile: The Leighton Buzzard Railway is an accredited museum with a history linked with the sand quarrying industry around the town. In addition to equipment from that era, the railway has built up a significant collection of Great War vintage narrow gauge equipment, including the Greensand Railway Museum Trust’s Baldwin 4-6-0T WDLR No. 778.

The Leighton Buzzard Railway is based at Page’s Park, Leighton Buzzard, and the line runs to Stonehenge Works adjacent to the sand quarries which the original industrial railway was built to serve.  For further information visit http://www.buzzrail.co.uk.

 


September 4, 2017