Built in 1919 and running as a traditional narrow gauge industrial line between iron works the working life of the railway ended in the late 60s and it has been running heritage passenger services since 1968. Sometime between then and now the housing estates that now are the principal view of the first section of the line were built – so you have this fantastic incongruity as industrial utility from immediately after World War One runs through commuter utility from generations later. It’s fantastic.
This shot is of Doll – as old as the Leighton Buzzard line but originally a Black Country engine who in retirement is an active member of the fifty preserved locos housed here. We were there for a Mince Pie special because that’s what Christmas is all about: nostalgia and food.