People from German twin town visit Leighton Buzzard railway

Leighton Buzzard Railway

2:57pm 3rd August 2017
(Updated 5:44am 4th August 2017)

People from Leighton Buzzard - Linslade's German twin town of Titisee Neustadt visited the Leighton Buzzard Railway last month.

They saw one of the trains that was in use on the line, the 'P C Allen', which was built by German firm Orenstein & Koppel in Berlin.

It's one of three, with the other two waiting restoration at Stonehenge. They were built by the firm of Krauss in Munich and Freudenstein in Berlin. 

Visitors from Titisee Neustadt together with others from Coulommiers in France, the other Leighton Linslde twin town and their British hosts were made welcome by Chairman Terry Bendall.

He gave a short introductory talk about the history of the town’s unique railway and its role in moving sand from the pits to the north of the town to the former branch line that crossed Billington Road near to the present station adjacent to Page’s Park.

The visitors from the twin town enjoyed a ride in the train to Stonehenge Works and had a conducted tour of both sites. 

Terry said:

“It was a pleasure to support the twin towns arrangement by welcoming our visitors and giving them an insight to one aspect of the history of Leighton-Linslade."

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