TEN IN STEAM FOR ‘BUZZ RAIL’ 50TH

Leighton Buz­zard cel­e­brates an­niver­sary in style.

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TEN lo­co­mo­tives will be in ac­tion dur­ing the Leighton Buz­zard Rail­way’s 50th an­niver­sary gala on Septem­ber 30-October 1, in­clud­ing three vis­it­ing en­gines. The trio of vis­it­ing lo­co­mo­tives in­cludes Pa­trick Keef’s 1924-built Bagnall 0-4-0ST Woto, Nick Wil­liams’ An­drew Bar­clay 0-4-0T Jack from 1925, and Phil Ma­son’s re­cently re­stored 1909-built Kerr Stu­art ‘Sir­dar’ 0-4-0T Diana. In ad­di­tion to the vis­it­ing en­gines, seven of the LBR’s own steam fleet will be in op­er­a­tion, in­clud­ing all three of the 2ft-gauge rail­way’s Oren­stein & Kop­pel tank en­gines - 0-4-0WT P. C. Allen and 0-6-0WTs Elf and Pede­moura, the lat­ter hav­ing been re­stored last year. Join­ing these will be the rail­way’s De Win­ton 0-4-0VBT Chaloner, unique Bag­u­ley 0-4-0T Rishra, Bald­win 4-6-0PT No. 778 and An­drew Bar­clay 0-6-0T Doll, which has re­cently re­turned to traf­fic fol­low­ing over­haul at the rail­way’s Page’s Park head­quar­ters. Demon­stra­tion freight trains are ex­pected to be run at the event, us­ing the rail­way’s log-car­ry­ing wag­ons, First World War rolling stock and sand tip­per wag­ons typ­i­cal of those used in the rail­way’s in­dus­trial prep­reser­va­tion life. Some freight trains will op­er­ate over the whole length of the line, in­clud­ing the rarely used spur north to­wards Mun­days Hill. This ex­ten­sion of the rail­way is cur­rently part of a bid to re­store it to pas­sen­ger stan­dards (see SR469). The Satur­day of the gala will cli­max with a pa­rade of all the work­ing steam and diesel lo­co­mo­tives at Page’s Park sta­tion.

PETER JOHN­SON

Unique Kerr Stu­art ‘Sir­dar’ 0-4-0T Diana will be one of three vis­it­ing lo­co­mo­tives to the Leighton Buz­zard Rail­way’s ‘50 Not Out’ gala on Septem­ber 30-October 1.

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