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The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Preserved steam trains running through the heart of Sussex
 
Steam-hauled trains between East Grinstead & Sheffield Park
run 17-19, 21-29 October
Kids for a Quid Special Half-term Offer - 23-26 and 28-29 October.
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Today at the Railway
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence
Tr(ack) Action Appeal Video
Forthcoming Special Events:

17,18 & 19 Oct: Autumn Tints - pre-booking recommended

Thurs 26 & Fri 27 Oct: Hallowe'en Scream Train - a daytime train for kids (Friday), and evening train for adults and accompanied teenagers (Thursday and Friday).

Further details of all our 2017 special events and offers are available here.


The Grinsteade Buffet Carriage at our East Grinstead station, and our Restaurant, Shop and Locomotive Sheds at Sheffield Park station are open daily, even on days when no trains are running, with the exception of 11 October.

Book at least 8 days in advance and save on your train fare with our Bluebell Bonus tickets.



Tr(ack) Action Appeal
Those of you who have travelled on the Bluebell Railway recently will have noticed there are sections of the line where the journey is a little uneven. This is due to track wear. The Railway wishes to accelerate its programme of track renewal thus we have launched the Tr(ack) Action Appeal to raise funds to do so. In addition to improving passenger comfort the renewed track will reduce maintenance costs on locomotives and carriages.

Nicholas Owen's Video, which we urge you to watch, gives a valuable insight into to what is involved in track and wheel repair.

Parts of our Railway's track dates back to before the Preservation Society was formed. It is a tribute to those that built it and our maintenance teams over the years that it has lasted this long. It will last even longer but at a cost. Not just in the ride passenger get but also in the wear on locomotive and rolling stock springs and wheels.
 
Track wear Many people are unaware that steel wheels have steel tyres. These wear through use particularly going rounds curves - there are very few straight sections on our Railway! The cost of a new set of tyres on a carriage can run into five figures and to six figures for a locomotive. Therefore new and smooth track can save a lot of money.

We need your support!
Our target for the Appeal is £250,000 to replace over half a mile of track north of Feshfield Halt. If the target is met the work will take place next February. If the appeal exceeds its target any surplus will be used for further track maintenance work.
 
Every £10 donated is worth £12.50 to the Appeal if Gift Aided.

Please Donate Here - your support is important for this vital work.

Full appeal details here -:- Support this appeal by participating in the Track Trek

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For Children up to 8 we have the Stepney Club. The 9F Club allows older children to get more involved behind the scenes at the railway.
Details of how we assist with School Visits to the railway - projects can contribute towards Key Stages 1 & 2 of the National Curriculum.

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The Bluebell Railway

Welcome to the Bluebell Railway's Home Page

Busy scene at Horsted Keynes - Andrew Strongitharm - October 2005 The volunteer-run Bluebell Line was the UK's first preserved standard gauge passenger railway, re-opening part of the Lewes to East Grinstead line of the old London Brighton & South Coast Railway in 1960. Since then it has developed into one of the largest tourist attractions in Sussex, yet it still remains true to its objectives of the preservation for posterity of a country branch line, its steam locomotives, coaches and goods stock, signalling systems, stations and operating practices.

A steam train ride on the Bluebell is one of the top things to do with kids on holiday for a day out in Sussex (the line crosses the border between East Sussex and West Sussex, and is not far from Surrey). This heritage railway is close to Haywards Heath, Gatwick Airport, Uckfield, Brighton and Lewes, in the Ashdown Forest/Mid Sussex area of England. Your children will love to take our vintage steam rail trip during your vacation.

On this web site you can find Visitor Information, and details of the Timetable showing the train times. In addition to scheduled passenger trains, there is also a wide variety of special offers, Pullman dining trains, Afternoon Tea trains, Fish & Chips, Rail Ale, etc., and in the run up to Christmas each year, the very popular Santa Specials where the children receive presents from Father Christmas, and a full programme of other Special Events. The web site contains much more that just this, though.

Photo, above right, thanks to Andrew Strongitharm. The unusual combination of a GWR "Dukedog" and an SR "West Country" depart northwards from Horsted Keynes station at the 2005 "Giants of Steam" gala.
To view larger versions of most of the pictures on this site, just click on them.

Why not take a tour of this web site: Follow the Tour

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The railway is operated by "Bluebell Railway plc", which is majority owned by the volunteer membership through the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society, and this membership also provides the dedicated volunteer labour which enables the line to continue running. Any financial surplus made from running the trains is ploughed straight back into preservation work. The only "dividend" members receive is the immense satisfaction of seeing "their" railway provide a day's entertainment for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

The Bluebell Railway
Disclaimer: Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of these pages, the Bluebell Railway cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. In addition any information or advice given on these pages is provided in good faith, but should not be relied upon for safety-critical applications. Bluebell Railway reserves the right to vary any of the provisions of this web site without prior notice. This website does not form part of any contract between the Railway and current or prospective visitors or customers. Those requiring information on specific matters should seek written confirmation from the Railway.

Please email the web site editor, Richard Salmon, with any comments or suggestions about format or content.

External links are provided in good faith, but the Bluebell Railway cannot be held responsible for the content to be found on other web sites.

Privacy: We do not collect personal information on users. We do not share any statistical data on the usage of the site with other websites, companies or individuals.

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Credits:
Some photographs are by the editor and the others are by Mike Esau, Ian Wright, Lewis Nodes, Jon Horrocks, Peter Richards, Hiroshi Naito, Mike Nichols, Michael Taylor, Jeremy Ovenden, Jon Bowers, the late Tony Dunkley, Robin Frankham, Nigel Kendall, the late Harold Roy Pettit, Peter Edwards, James Young, Jonathan Hall, Graeme Pettit, Martin Oakley, Barry Coward, Nigel Longdon, Jeff Machin, Tony Pearce, Ian Bowskill, Chris Majer, Adrian Lee, Anthony Goff, Tony Frost, Dave Bowles, David Harp, David Chappell, Les Anstey, Chris Gardner, Andrew Strongitharm, Paul Pettitt, Chris Dadson, Dave Clarke, Nick Beck, Simon Robinson, Owen Chapman, Chris Nevard, Dave Chambers, Martin Creese, Dave Stickland, Clive Emsley, Dave Smith, Fred Bailey, Robert Bird, Roger Stronell, Derek Hayward, Chris Ward, Tom Waghorn, John Sandys, Benjamin Boggis, Paul Sharpe, Brian Easter, Duncan Bourne, Stephen Hunt, Ken Upton, Neil Munro-Thomson, Bill Vigar, John Fry, Linda Chen, Matt Allen, Neil Glaskin, Ashley Smith, Kate James, Tom James, Nick Talbot, Ray Wills, Tracey Wheatley, Bryan Benn, Dave Devlin, David Haggar, Alan Bedford, Steve Fairweather, Keith Duke, Derek Forrester, Ben Coughlan, David Pratt, Rob Faulkner, Stephen Parker, David Warwick, Sean Tompsett, Thomas Newble, Keith Leppard, Clive Hanley, Phil Stoneman, Mike Snow, Andy Prime, John Jesson, Geoff Pethick, Dave Jefferys, Chris Majer, Peter Richards, Richard Thomas, Rebecca Parkes, Pat Plane, Ian Maggs, and many more, with permission.

All the decent artwork (i.e. that not done by the webmaster!) is by Matthew Cousins GRA, to whom many thanks.
Thanks are also due to Lewis Nodes, Tim Baker, Tony Hillman, Peter Richards, Martin Nichols, Malcolm Roe, John and Robin Elliott, Peter Churchman, Graham Townsend, Mike Watts, Mark Smith, Roger Williams, Martin Lock, Michael Taylor, David Rider, Julian Best, Steve Gostelow, Geoffrey Snow, Jim Turtle, Roy Watts, Nigel Longdon, Kate Saker, Paul Sturm, Katsumi Suzuki, Hiroshi Naito, Geoff Harris, Martijn Huibers, Mark Armstrong, Peter Forrestier Smith, Jon Bowers, Martin Skrzetuszewski, Nick Beck, Blair Robinson, Ted Crawforth, Fred Bailey, Terry Cole, Robert Bird, Jon Elphick, Jan Kozminski, Caroline Collins, Duncan Bourne, Gary Smith, Nicholas Pryor, Chris White, Richard Green, Rob Faulkner, Avril Gaynor, John Jesson, Dave Clarke, Gavin Bennett and many other Bluebell members.
Like so much on the Bluebell Railway, this web site is provided at minimal cost to the Railway thanks to voluntary effort.

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