The Leighton Buzzard Railway (LBR) announced back in July that in their 50th year they would be making plans to extend the railway back towards the end of the main line at Double Arches with the launch of an appeal for £150,000.
Since then, the appeal has successfully raised over £57,000, most of which has been contributed by the membership, including one very substantial donation. The Railway has also successfully secured LEADER grant funding of £47,000, £34,000 of which is destined for the extension project. When added to the £57,000 LBR have now secured £91,000 in total and have £59,000 left to raise to reach their target of £150,000.
The new line will feature a section of line with a gradient of 1:27 as well as a section of unique British narrow gauge double track. Work to accommodate the new line has already commenced at Stonehenge. The extra LEADER funding along with their own has enabled the railway to commit to buying the track needed to acquire to reach the immediate goal of the top of Mundays Hill, some 140 metres from Eastern Way.
The Leighton Buzzard Railway has been working closely with Arnold White Estates, owner of the sand quarries and much of the land on which the railway operates. The result of these discussions is a new partnership that will deliver a new 250 year lease for the whole line, including the extension, an immediate cash injection and the promise of additional investment as and when the quarries are worked out and redeveloped.
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