Leighton Buzzard Railway Steam Gala

Location

Leighton Buzzard Railway
Page's Park
Leighton Buzzard
LU7 4TG
Date
16th September 2018
Time
9am - 6pm

Bumper Gala planned for the Leighton Buzzard Railway

To celebrate its 50th year of preservation, the Leighton Buzzard Railway’s annual steam gala will offer the most intensive timetable seen in recent years.

The weekend of 15th and 16th September will see nine passenger departures from Page’s Park each day between 1000 and 1600 with trains running every 40 minutes in the morning and early afternoon.

Each departure is planned to be operated with a different locomotive, with up to ten intended to be in steam. As well as heritage steam engines from its own collection, there will be visiting locomotives, including one surprise yet to be announced.

In addition, some trains will operate as mixed passenger and freight, there will be light engine movements, freight trains, and on Sunday a demonstration using the Ruston Bucyrus 10RB digger, highlighting the line’s original use as a sand-carrying railway.

Tickets are now on sale online, and usual fares will apply, including second or subsequent return journeys at half the standard fare, which can only be purchased from the booking office on the day.

 

Visiting locos are planned to include:

Patrick Keef’s 1924 Bagnall 0-4-0 ‘Woto’

Nick Williams’ Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 ‘Jack’ built in 1925 

 

Leighton Buzzard resident locos in action will include:

De Winton 0-4-0 vertical boiler loco ‘Chaloner’ built in 1877

Baguley 0-4-0 loco ‘Rishra’ built in 1921

O&K 0-4-0 loco ‘P C Allen’ of 1913

O&K 0-6-0 loco ‘Pedemoura’ of 1924

Andrew Barclay 0-6-0 ‘Doll’ of 1919 

 

There will also be the opportunity to see engines such as 1936-built ‘Elf’, currently withdrawn awaiting its ten-year overhaul, in the Engine Shed Show, as well as getting a glimpse of the future extension from Stonehenge Works.

For full details, and fee-fee online ticket booking, please see http://www.buzzrail.co.uk/static/gala.html. The planned loco allocation will be posted as soon as it’s finalised.

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