News from May 2002

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Help the Leighton Buzzard remember "The Dasher"

June 30th will be the 40th anniversary of the withdrawal of “The Dasher”— the push-pull passenger train service between Leighton Buzzard and Dunstable. It will also be the day of the Leighton Buzzard Railway’s annual Vintage Vehicle Rally, and a display of photos and memorabilia of the nearby branch line will take place to mark the anniversary.

Anyone with any additional material, or any memories of the Dunstable branch, is
invited to come along and share them.
• The Leighton Buzzard-Dunstable branch line crossed Billington Road a
short distance from today’s LBR Page’s Park station. The crossing
keeper’s house still stands, although the trackbed has disappeared
under industrial developments.
• Narrow-gauge sand trains from the Leighton Buzzard Light Railway
transferred their loads into standard-gauge wagons, in Billington Road
exchange sidings. The branch closed for freight in 1969.

For further information, please contact Mervyn Leah:
PHONE: 07740 779422
FAX: 01788 813451
EMAIL: info@buzzrail.co.uk
Or visit our website at [url]http://www.buzzrail.co.uk[/url]

Posted by Peter Bowyer on 20 May 2002

Slates To Velinheli reprinted

The Bala Lake Railway Society has had the book “Slates To Velinheli” reprinted. This is a book on the Dinorwic Slate Quarry of Llanberis, North Wales, home to many of the Alice class loco’s built by Hunslet of Leeds.

It is available from our commercial officer, Mr. B Wills, 37 Vulcan Street, Holyhead, LL65 1TL. for £4.50 inc p&p. Please make your cheques payable to ‘The Bala Lake Railway Society’.

Further details are available from Brian, e-mail:- [email]guard@bala.freeserve.co.uk[/email]

Posted by Peter Bowyer on 26 May 2002

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