Heritage Railway Association

Youth Day Saturday 12 May

The day is being hosted by the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway

Free entry for 16 to 25 year old volunteers


09.30–10.00      Arrival - Meet in café at Page’s Park Station for drinks and light refreshments

10.00–10.30      Welcome, introduction, arrangements for the day and safety briefing

10.30–10.50      In small groups devise a solution on paper to a shunting puzzle. Groups will test their working for real later in the day.

10.50                 Half of the groups leave to travel by train to the other end of the line at Stonehenge Works for activities there. The remainder to                                            work in groups in Page’s Park yard.

12.35                 Return trip from Stonehenge Works to Page’s Park

13.00–13.30      Lunch in café

13.35                 Afternoon activities – as for morning but groups change to the other location

15.25                 Return trip from Stonehenge Works to Page’s Park

15.50                 Tea break in café

16.05                 Talk - Volunteering at Heritage Railways

16.25                 Spot what’s wrong

16.45                 Review of the activity and the day

17.10                 Either depart at 17.10 or optional fish and chip supper eaten on the train to Leedon Loop. For this option departure would be at 17.30.


At Page’s Park

Steam loco driving experience using 1877 built steam loco 0-4-0 VB “Chaloner”.

Diesel loco driving experience using No. 80. Modern Alan Keef Ltd rebuild of Simplex T series loco

Demonstration of carriage lift and bogie examination

Guided tour of the Engine Shed and workshop

At Stonehenge Works

Try out shunting puzzle solution for real to see if it works.

Each member of the group to take it in turns to drive a Simplex diesel loco, operate the points and to do the coupling of wagons. (Under supervision)

Two Wagon ride, Stonehenge Works platform to limit of our proposed extension (about 0.5 mile) with two Simplex diesel locos in top and tail mode.

Guided tour of Stonehenge Works site.

On the train

During the train ride, participants will have the opportunity to ride on the footplate of the train loco and to ride in the Guard’s van. The planned loco will be the unique Baldwin 10-12-D 4-6-0 steam loco, one of 495 built in 1917 for service on the Western Front in France and currently the only working example in the UK.

The day is provided by the Heritage Railway Association at no cost to those taking part.  The only charge will be for the fish and chip supper for those who wish to take part in this. Those booking will be informed of the cost of this when booking.

NOTE: Activities and locos subject to availability on the day

Booking:  Contact Tim Parsons -  youthday@lbngrs.org.uk    Please book via e-mail if you can.
Question/queries or telephone bookings to: Terry Bendall -  chairman@lbngrs.org.uk or 01525 384779 (no calls after 21.00 please)

Please put HRA Youth Day in the subject line for e-mail messages.

Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway, Page’s Park Station, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 4TG www.buzzrail.co.uk