THE Leighton Buzzard Railway has carried off Britain’s top heritage sector award after opening its new £386,000 station at Page’s Park.
The Heritage Railway Association confirmed at its board meeting on December 10 that the 2016 Peter Manisty Award for excellence would go to the 2ft gauge Bedfordshire line.
This award is named in memory of the long-serving chairman of HRA predecessor the Association of Railway Preservation Societies, the late Captain Peter F Manisty RN, MBE.
This occasional award is made for an outstanding contribution to railway preservation.
The new building, which is three times bigger than the structure it replaced, and includes space for local community activities, was officially opened on October 29, but was first used by the public at the end of July.
The ceremonial first brick was laid by local Tory MP Andrew Selous on February 20, and the official opening was performed by LBS Society president Alan Moore, the major benefactor of the Bodmin & Wenford Railway.
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