The Leighton Buzzard railway is located in the small market town of the Bedfordshire countryside. It is an industrial line that has a two foot gauge that has been preserved and reaches a total distance of three miles. Today passengers who want to travel along the historical Leighton Buzzard railway can board the train at the Page’s Park Station in the town centre.
For visitors who want to take a trip along the Leighton Buzzard railway the Page’s Park Station also offers plenty of tourists’ attractions. It hosts its own car park and has a souvenir shop and restaurant as well as a picnic area. Children also enjoy the recreational area that is located in close proximity to the steam trains that has a play park and plenty of open space.
The actual station can be found under trees on the edge of the children’s park and has a relaxed atmosphere much like the Leighton Buzzard railway did while it was operational.
One of the main tourist’s attractions of the Leighton Buzzard railway is the collection of antique steam locomotives that come from all areas of the world including Africa, Spain, and India. It also hosts many special exhibits of other locomotives at different times throughout the year.
The trains that actually move people along the Leighton Buzzard railway are red and small and comfortably take passengers through the curves of the railway track taking passengers by the houses that line the boundaries of the town and through the quarries that is the remaining mark of the sand industry that once thrived in the area.
The Leighton Buzzard railway ends at Stonehenge station where passengers can step off of the steam locomotive and tour other trains that were used on the historic line including sand skips and diesel locomotives.
The Leighton Buzzard railway was originally built to transport sand from the sand pits of the town back in 1919. At first only steam engines were used but diesel engines were found to be much more efficient and so the steam engines were sold.
The line stayed open transferring sand until competition emerged to the railway in the sixties and the Leighton Buzzard railway was finally closed down in 1967 for the purposes of transporting sand.
However, an organization known as the Leighton Buzzard railway Society was formed to preserve the historical nature of the line and to rescue as many artefacts from the time as possible. They were able to preserve 2.85 miles of the three mile track and it is still used today for visitors who want to travel the line on the steam engines.
This August the Leighton Buzzard railway is celebrating its 90th birthday which will be marked by running the trains for visitors on Saturday – Thursday and a special run on the bank holiday. Events will continue throughout September commemorating the birthday of the station and departure times vary so you may want to call before planning a visit.