IRS AGM LBNGR Leighton Buzzard and the Baldwin Back Contact Geoff
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It’s a long way to Leighton Buzzard (to the tune of...). It’s AGM season, and the IRS has plumped for the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway. Appropriately for this year, the pre-meeting entertainment would be a special train from Page’s Park to Stonehenge and back will be hauled by a WW1 veteran - Baldwin 4-6-0 no. 778 (44656 of 1917). There’s time to check out the running shed -  we’re not due off until 10.30, and before departure, a couple of “false starts” provide the photographers with some amusement. En route, we take advantage of three photo stops (with a runpast at one of the level crossings and another false start), and at Stonehenge works, everything is available for inspection - countless Motor-Rails and a variety of other motive power. The 1929 Sentinel “Nutty” is on display beside
Geoff’s Rail Diaries 26 April 2014
the 1901 Freudenstein 0-4-0 “Penlee”. The much travelled “Peter Pan” is on a low loader outside the workshop, along with vertical-boilered “Paddy”. There are various Rustons, Listers, Hunslets and other assorted internal combustion locos - some undergoing repair and maintenance, others ready for action. Not forgetting a handful of loco frames scattered about the site to confound the number crunchers... Then it’s back to our train to return to Page’s Park, for lunch and the real purpose (or was it?) of the visit. We’ve been to Buzzrail before, but not for a good while. It’s a great little line, and we’ve been very well catered for. Must come again before too long... Links: Buzzrail LBNGR website Industrial Railway Society
Ready for the off "Elf" O&K 12740 of 1936 in the running shed False start No. 1 False start No. 1 False start No. 2 Photo stop no. 1 Level crossing run-past Everyone out! On the branch Nutty S 7701 of 1929 Five little Motor-Rails, all in a row Peter Pan and Paddy "Red Rum" MR  7105 of 1936 Tin Turtle L.R. 3098 MR 1377 of 1918 Conversation piece Are those eyebrows? Stonehenge works fire engine RH 194784 of 1939 "Penlee" Freud 73 of 1901 At Stonehenge station Coal and water "Peter Wood" HE 9347 of 1994 "Independent Supply of Air Brakes Ex Locomotive"