Celebrations on track

It’s full steam ahead for Leighton Buzzard Railway’s centenary gala next month.

November 1919 saw the first trains run on what was then called the Leighton Buzzard Light Railway. To celebrate this milestone, a weekend of celebrations will be held on Saturday and Sunday 5 and 6 October.

There will be eight passenger departures on which to travel each day, as well as four return freight journeys to watch. Around 10 different locomotives will travel by steam over the weekend, including a pair of visiting Hudswell Clarke ‘Ganges-class’ – 1238 from Apedale Valley Light Railway and GP39 from Statfold Barn Railway. These are the same type as the first steam locomotives to run at Leighton Buzzard and will be the first time a pair of have operated together there since 1921.

Activities on both days include free footplate rides at Page’s Park station at intervals, as well as the chance to see two more pieces of history in action at intervals – the RB10 digger will be demonstrating how sand was moved during the industrial days of the line and the long-awaited return of the popular loco Peter Pan, which will be performing shunting duties.

The first departure from Page’s Park on both days will be at 9.35am, with the last return arriving back at 1655, offering two extended days of celebration.

Full details on the gala, including the timetable, as well as fee-free booking can be found at http://www.buzzrail.co.uk/static/gala.html