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Wednesday, August 09, 2006
by train to stonehenge
This neat 0-6-0 'Doll' was the train engine today on the trip from Pages Park to Stonehenge on the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway.
The pleasant station platform at Pages Park just before departure.
On the 'roadside' section near Stonehenge Works.
Replenishing 'Doll' at Stonehenge.
This was my first visit to this unusual line, which takes a very urban route past back gardens and over numerous ungated crossings through Leighton Buzzard (reminiscent of the lost section of the Welshpool and Llanfair in Welshpool), then heads into the countryside on almost roadside track to Stonehenge, where there is a very interesting narrow gauge museum.
The line is 2 foot gauge and was first opened in 1919.
The station building at Pages Park is made from corrugated iron, but is a nice roomy building with a large well-stocked shop. The Dobbers' cafe has a fairly unadventurous menu (if you're vegetarian!) but has a very fast and friendly service.
The trains ran on time, were well filled and seemed very popular with the locals as we passed them. The staff throughout were friendly and seemed to really enjoy what they were doing.
The destination station, Stonehenge, had a small well-stocked takeaway and a very good craft shop. The museum is very laid-back and interesting.
All-in-all a very nice day out with plenty to see and some pretty unique experiences on a fascinating line. But don't expect spectacular scenery!
For more shots of the line see the tracks and tracks blogsite at http://tracksandtracks.blogspot.com/