Let’s be honest: we’ve all hankered after driving a steam engine at one time or another. Now we’ve all got the opportunity to make that ambition a reality.
Thanks to the new VIP Railway Experience from Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway, you can actually live the dream – in addition to shovelling coal, waving a guard’s green flag and blowing the whistle.
Launching the promotion, chairman Terry Bendall said: “The Railway has so much more to offer than just a train ride.
“While our smaller trains do have less room on them than mainline railways, their size makes it much easier for our visitors to get ‘hands-on’ during their day with us.”
First VIP guests to sample the excitement were Danielle Bunker from Eaton Bray and Reinette Broadhurst from Ethiopia, celebrating Reinette’s birthday.
Danielle said: “We’ve driven nearly everything else and we wanted to do something special and a bit different. This really fits the bill.”
VIP Experiences are available on selected days in conjunction with the regular passenger train services.
Guests will be able to take on duties – including locomotive driving – under the supervision of experienced crews when passengers are not aboard.
Two VIP guests will share locomotive and guard duties on two round trips between Pages Park and Stonehenge works.
The day starts at 9.30am and finishes at 3.30pm. Refreshments and lunch are provided.
The Leighton Buzzard Railwayis an accredited museum with a history linked with the sand quarrying industry around the town.
In addition to machinery from that era, it has built up a significant collection of Great War vintage narrow gauge equipment.
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