Leighton Buzzard Railway to hold Centenary gala this October

Steam loco cavalcade at Page's Park, Chaloner leading. 30/09/17.
Credit: Leighton Buzzard Railway

The Leighton Buzzard Railway has announced details of its Centenary Gala, which is taking place this October.

The gala will take place on Saturday and Sunday 5th and 6th October.

November 1919 saw the first trains run on what was then the Leighton Buzzard Light Railway. To celebrate this milestone, a bumper weekend of celebrations will be held.

There will be 8 passenger departures on each day to travel on, as well as 4 return freight journeys to watch.

There will be around 10 different locomotives in 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 here 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 railway’s RB10 digger will be demonstrating how sand was moved during the industrial days.

The first departure from Page’s Park on both days will be at 0935 with the last return arriving back at 1655, offering two extended days of celebration.

Full details on the gala, including the timetable, can be found at http://www.buzzrail.co.uk/static/gala.html.

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