Railway Event In Bedfordshire

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About the Leighton Buzzard Railway Ale Train

Bletchley Park, in the city of Bletchley, was the principal centre of Allied codebreaking during the Second World War. Its team of codebreakers included Alan Turing, who was portrayed by actor Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2014 movie 'The Imitation Game' that earned him an Academy Award nomination. Bletchley is located about 10 miles north of Leighton Buzzard, and we promise there will be no 'enigmas' at the Leighton Buzzard Railway Ale Trail event held in July.

If you are only interested in ale and cider, read no further and simply show up at the festival. But most people will want the entire Leighton Buzzard Railway Ale Trail experience that includes the train rides and great food at each station along with the ale and cider.

The railway will be running on the 'blue service' with trains departing every hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. And visitors who choose to imbibe in the early evening should plan with a designated driver for Saturday night when two extra departures leave from the Page’s Park station. Page’s Park diners will find great food at the Buzzrail Café, and hungry folks at the Stonehenge Works station will enjoy a catered BBQ. The Engine Shed Bar at Page’s Park should be going strong all day.

Leighton Buzzard Railway

101 years ago, the Leighton Buzzard Light Railway Ltd. opened to transport the chemical compound SiO2, silicon dioxide better known as sand. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, up to 20 trainloads daily of sand were transferred from quarries to their destinations by the trains. By 1968, the railway switched from hauling Si02 to aqueous carbon-based life forms better known as humans after the Iron Horse Preservation Society took over the operation. The name was soon changed to Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway Society and preservation work continues today.

Entry To The Event

As mentioned before, the 'blue service' will be in effect but the fares are subject to change and will depend upon how many trips you take and if you are a solo traveller or alone. The first departure is at 10:30 a.m. but the shops and Buzzrail Café open at 10:00 a.m. There will be a small entry fee of £1.00 (£2.00 day of the event) to the Shed Bar. Plastic and glass festival souvenir glasses are available for purchase for £2.00 and £6.00 respectively.

Somewhere to Stay in Bedfordshire

The success of any event where alcohol is served depends on the responsible behaviour of the visitors. This means booking a hotel and planning how you will get back to it safely before you have a sip of ale or cider. Three nearby hotels are The White Horse Pub and B&B, The Swan Hotel, and the Hunt Lodge. A few campsites are in the surrounding area for caravaners and tent campers.

Getting To Page's Park Station

Local drivers will know the back routes to Page’s Park Station, but folks who are new to the area will need to navigate to the roundabout where the A4146, A505, B440 (Leighton Road), and Billington Road converge. Take Billington Road north for about ½ mile to the destination.

Other Things To Do Around Leighton Buzzard

Bletchley Park is a must-see for any visitor to Leighton Buzzard. It is now a museum celebrating the vital work done in decrypting ciphers and codes that significantly shortened World War II and thus saved many lives. The National Museum of Computing is also part of the same site where visitors can learn about the amazing Alan Turing and how he led the effort to crack the German Enigma Machine considered unbreakable at the time. Woburn Abbey and Gardens is another great place to visit while visiting Leighton Buzzard.

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Parking is free, and dogs are welcome. Your furry friends can enjoy their favourite beverage, water, also for free. The railway has made great efforts to be accessible to people who use wheelchairs and people with vision or hearing issues. The main rule is to avoid getting behind the wheel of a car if you’ve oversampled the ale and cider at The Engine Shed. If that happens, we might have to take you behind another shed, that old woodshed with our paddle.


When is the next Leighton Buzzard Railway Ale Train?

The Leighton Buzzard Railway Ale Train is planned to take place at Page's Park Station, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 4TG, Saturday 4th July, 2020. This is a Weekend Railway Event.

Page's Park Station
Billington Road
Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard Railway
01525 373 888

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