Pages Park Station
Pages Park

Back towards the end of summer, I made my first visit to the Leighton Buzzard Railway.

Based around the town of Leighton Buzzard, North of London in the county of Bedfordshire.
This is one of the last surviving 2ft railways that was built in Britain for industrial use.

The Day
Elf at Pages Park
Elf at Pages Park

I travelled on one of the railways busier days at the end of August. Timetables vary depending on season, so check before you travel to the railway.

The railways starts its journey at Pages Park. This is just outside the town of Leighton Buzzard, directions to the railway can be found here.

Stonehenge Works
Stonehenge Works

Sufficient funds have been raised to redevelop the station here so it will be interesting to see how this takes shape during 2016. Pages Park is where the locomotives are stored, and where the carriages are kept, the railway runs down around the town and makes its way to Stonehenge Works.

 

Anna at Stonehenge Works
Anna at Stonehenge Works
Arkle at Stonehenge Works
Arkle at Stonehenge Works
Blue Diesel at Stonehenge Works
Blue Diesel at Stonehenge Works
Fire Locomotive at Stonehenge Works
Fire Locomotive at Stonehenge Works
Variety of Diesels at Stonehenge Works
Variety of Diesels at Stonehenge Works

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At this station I found some old locomotives, and a presentation of what used to happen back when the railway was first built.  The railway was used for carrying sand from Stonehenge Works to Pages Park, so this presentation gave a great insight into what happened.

There was a demontration here of loading up the sand into the trucks. (You can see this in action on the Video associated with this blog post) The weather had also taken a turn for the worse!

778 at Stonehenge Works
778 at Stonehenge Works

The railway owns a Baldwin locomotive, like the one that the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway is looking to restore.

 

 

 

Pages Park Sheds - Inside
Pages Park Sheds – Inside
Pages Park Sheds
Pages Park Sheds

Back at Pages Park, the sheds were open to look in, there were a locomotive being restored, and other repair works being taken on, it was a great insight into what goes on behind closed doors.

 

[LBR] Fireman Sanding the Rails
Fireman Sanding the Rails

The last picture above was where I videoed the last train of the day departing, in the picture before you can see The fireman walking up the line, dropping sand on the tracks. This is because this part of the line is one of the steepest parts of the line, and it was also a wet day and the sand help stop the train from slipping.

Thanks for reading my visit to the Leighton Buzzard Railway, the video for this will be uploaded soon.

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