One of the most reliable signs that spring is in the air is the start of the 2015 season at the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway.
Mayor of Leighton-Linslade, Cllr Ray Berry and Mrs Berry joined chairman Terry Bendall to flag off the first train last week.
“It has become something of a tradition for the mayor to visit the railway on the first day of the new season, so it was a pleasure to welcome Cllr Berry this year. Hopefully, by this time next year we will be able to welcome the mayor to our new station.”
The 2015 season promises to be an exciting one, with a diary full of special events that will appeal to all members of the family. Look out for the biggest bunny in Bedfordshire on Easter Sunday and Monday (April 5-6)!
The railway’s Museum Gateway ‘Double the Money’ Appeal, launched earlier this month, has already recorded donations and pledges that total almost £40,000. This sum will be matched pound for pound by the railway’s anonymous benefactor, so is worth nearly £80,000.
“It’s been a fantastic week and I’m so grateful for the support we’ve received. We are close to the point that we can give the go ahead for works to start in the autumn,” said Terry. “But we still have some way to go to raise what we need to complete the project’.
Commenting on the railway’s plans for a new station, Cllr Berry added: “The Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway is a real asset to our town and deserves a proper station that we can all be proud of.”
Donations to the ‘Double the Money’ appeal can be made via www.buzzrail.co.uk or to the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway Society Limited, Pages Park Station, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4TN.