Leighton Buzzard (LBZ)

Leighton Buzzard is a stop on the West Coast Main Line between Bletchley and Cheddington.

Type: National Rail
(West Coast Main Line)
Station code: LBZ
Opened: 1838
Platforms: 4
The station was opened in 1838 as Leighton by the London & Birmingham Railway as part of the first section of the line from London Euston. The station was renamed Leighton Buzzard in 1911.

A branch line to Dunstable was added in 1848 from Leighton (this branch line was closed in 1967). The London & North Western Railway replaced the original station with a new one one hundred and sixty metres to the South in 1859 [1]. The station buildings were rebuilt in 1957. Further rebuilding took place in 1989. Leighton Buzzard used to be home to a goods yard and an engine shed but the latter closed in 1962 [2].

Although Leighton Buzzard now has four platforms the platforms on the West Coast Main Line fast lines are not always in use (as common with other stations on this stretch of the WCML). Leighton Buzzard is served by London Northwestern and Southern (West London Route). Virgin Trains services frequently pass through the station though none stop.
LNWR 350 106 with a Euston bound service

The fast lines are in the background

View down the platform

A Virgin Trains 221 passes through on the fast line

Euston bound 350 236 enters the station

Ready to depart

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Watford to Leighton Buzzard (Middleton Press, 2004) Fig. 107
[2] Ibid. Fig. 102