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Last Updated: Friday, 31 December, 2004, 12:24 GMT
Steam railway gets lottery grant
The narrow-gauge light steam railway at Leighton Buzzard in Beds is to receive 45,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The money will be used to turn stables at its Stonehenge Works - the railway's main workshop - into a visitor and education centre.

The Works was built in 1918 from local sandstone by prisoners of war. Some left self-portraits and comments about their captivity carved into its walls.

The railway, now run by volunteers, was originally used to transport sand.

It was built 85 years ago and is one of the few narrow-gauge light railways to survive in England.

The line has carried a steam-hauled passenger train service since 1968.

Leighton Buzzard Railway chairman Mervyn Leah said he was delighted the Heritage Fund was supporting the restoration of Stonehenge Works.

"This (the restoration) would allow us to tell the story of the local sand quarries and their railways in an appropriate setting, to a much wider audience," he said.

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