museums and attractions

Railways / Heritage Railways

Leighton Buzzard Railway

Elf outside the engine shed
Elf outside the engine shed
"Pedemoura" was returned to service in 2016
The smart new station building at Page's Park
The smart new station building at Page's Park
Bucket loader moving earth
Bucket loader moving earth

Probably England's oldest continuously operating narrow-gauge railway. Built in 1919 from Great War surplus materials to serve the local sand quarrying industry. It is now a fascinating working museum, offering a slow relaxing return journey of 70 minutes, out into the rolling Bedfordshire countryside. Engine shed tours on Sundays.

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Operator

Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway Society

Address

Page's Park Station Billington Road Leighton Buzzard Bedfordshire LU7 4TG

  • 01525 373 888
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  • View website

Open days

Sun & BHol Mar-4 Nov. Also Tue-Thu in summer hols; some Wed & Sat. See website for more.

Travel

By Bus: D1

By Rail: Leighton Buzzard / 2 miles

Not just a slow, relaxing train ride, but a piece of living history, and a nationally accredited museum.

The Leighton Buzzard Light Railway (to give its original name) dates from 1919, one of several 2ft gauge railways built from materials and equipment surplus from the battlefield supply lines of the Great War just ended. It is also the only survivor of these lines, and is believed to be the oldest narrow gauge railway in England to have operated without a break for almost a century.

The volunteer-run society which now operates the railway started operating steam-hauled passenger services in 1968, although the last sand quarry branch did not close until as late as 1981.

In 2017 it celebrated its 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Society which made all this possible. Also the centenary of two of our locomotives which saw front-line duty serving the Great War trenches.

Over the years, the society has built up one of England's finest collections of narrow gauge locomotives and rolling stock, which operates over a line that is just short of three miles long. Sharp bends, steep gradients, level crossings and roadside running make today's Leighton Buzzard Railway a living reminder of transport in a bygone age.

The smart new terminal station at Page's Park is on the southern side of Leighton Buzzard, close to the A505 southern bypass, from which is is signposted.

Guided tours of Page's Park engine shed on Sundays.

Events

Sat 4th - Mon 6th May 2019: 100th Anniversary Spring Gala

Page's Park Station, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 9TG.
Tel: 01525 373 888.

Railways

Sat 8th Jun 2019: Dunstable Truck Convoy

Page's Park Station, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 4TN.
Tel: 01525 373 888.

Take the train to see the parade.

Commercial Vehicles / Railways

Sun 23rd Jun 2019: Vintage Vehicles Rally

Page' Park Station, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 4TG.
Tel: 01525 373 888.

The annual gathering of old or rare buses, lorries, cars and bikes, plus extra steam on the railway alongside.

Buses / Classic Cars / Commercial Vehicles / Motorbikes / Railways

Sat 13th - Sun 14th Jul 2019: Buzzrail Ale Trail

Page's Park Station, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 4TG.
Tel: 01525 373 888.

Celebrate the diversity of the local craft beer movement, by riding the steam trains from bar to bar.

Railways

Sun 29th Sep 2019: Sand & Motorcycles

Page's Park Station, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 4TN.
Tel: 01525 373 888.

Our annual motorcycle event brings together machines old and new, big and small, plus trade stands and live music.

Motorbikes / Railways

Sat 26th - Sun 27th Oct 2019: Halloween Spooktacular

Page's Park Station, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 4TG.
Tel: 01525 373 888.

Come along for an atmospheric ride.

Halloween / Railways

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