All aboard the railway as vintage locomotives visit

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The Steam Up! Weekend will be coming to Leighton Buzzard Railway at the weekend.

Nine locomotives will be at the venue on both Saturday and Sunday as part of an international line up.

Joining the resident fleet of Elf and P.C.Allen from Germany, the 778 from the USA, Peter Pan and Rishra from England and Chaloner from Wales will be Minas De Aller 2 from France, Sao Domingos from Germany and Jack from Scotland.

Between them, these locomotives have worked in England, Wales, Scotland, France, Spain, Portugal, India and Cameroon.

An intensive timetable of passenger trains and demonstration freights will be operated.

Making its first appearance at Leighton Buzzard is Minas de Aller 2. Built in 1885 in Paris by Corpet Louvet, and worked in the Asturias coalfield in northern Spain, it has the rare Brown valve gear, which gives it a distinctive appearance when moving. The vehicle has been provided on a loan basis by the Statfold Barn Railway.

A vintage bus tour of the area’s still active sand quarrying industry will operate from Stonehenge Works station. The bus tour is free of charge, but donations will be welcome.

Another new locomotive to the railway, Sao Domingos, was built in Berlin in 1928 by Orenstein and Koppel.

A regular visitor, the diminutive Jack was so built to allow it to navigate around the limited clearances of Granton gasworks, Edinburgh. It was built by Andrew Barclay in Kilmarnock in 1925.

On the Saturday, Stonehenge Works’ resident fleet of industrial diesels will be in operation in the yard, while on Sunday the Ruston-Bachyrus 10RB digger, a survivor from the nearby sand quarries, will be demonstrated.

On both days, the miniature railway at Stonehenge will also be in operation. Booking is strongly advised. For full details of services and tickets visit www.buzzrail.co.uk.