Visit for a family day out at one of England’s finest narrow-gauge railway attractions, with its origins firmly in the First World War.
Leighton Buzzard Railway
Despite having rails only 2ft (60cm) apart, the Leighton Buzzard Railway was not built as a tourist attraction, but for the serious business of carrying sand from the quarries outside the town. Dating from 1919, it used materials and equipment surplus from the network of military light railways that had supplied the trenches in France and Belgium.
Taken over in the 1960s by volunteers, it ran its first-ever passenger trains in 1968, over the same tracks that had previously carried thousands of tonnes of sand, as one of the last surviving industrial narrow-gauge railways in England.
Now a nationally accredited working museum, it offers an authentic narrow-gauge experience of level crossings, steep gradients, sharp corners, roadside running--with Britain’s biggest onshore wind turbine to interest the kids.