The train now approaching Leighton Buzzard is going to the bar!

Buzzrail at Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway - the engine shed at Pages Park is turned into a bar for the day. Picture: Mervyn Leah.
Buzzrail at Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway - the engine shed at Pages Park is turned into a bar for the day. Picture: Mervyn Leah.

It was all aboard for ale enthusiasts when a beer festival with a difference took to the tracks.

Volunteers at the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway have been celebrating the success of the first Buzzrail Ale Trail beer festival which was held on Saturday, May 16.

Buzzrail at Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway - 778 awaits departure at The Clay Pipe halt, as beer enthusiasts join or leave the 15.40 Page's Park-Stonehenge Works. Picture: Mervyn Leah.

Buzzrail at Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway - 778 awaits departure at The Clay Pipe halt, as beer enthusiasts join or leave the 15.40 Page's Park-Stonehenge Works. Picture: Mervyn Leah.

A jubilant Nick Burton, organiser, said: “It was a sell out. We sold all the beer and had to send out for more. Fortunately the Leighton Buzzard Brewery were able to oblige with more Borrowers Bitter!

“And we had to run an extra train to for all of the thirsty passengers.”

Some 300 people attended the event and enjoyed more than 900 pints at bars in the engine shed at Pages Park, Stonehenge Works and the Clay Pipe pub, where trains - often full to capacity - made a special stop.

The beer was all brewed within 20 miles of the railway in support of CAMRA’s Locale principles.

The organisers say feedback from visitors was excellent and it is likely that the event will be repeated next year. Members of the South Beds CAMRA branch provided enthusiastic support.

Profit from the event will go to the Museum Gateway Project, to provide a new station for the railway at Pages Park.

While enough funds have been raised to erect the building, some £85,000 remains to be raised to complete the interior fitting out.