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Bluebell Railway 60th Anniversary

60th Anniversary The Bluebell Railway was the first preserved standard gauge passenger line in the world.

We plan to celebrate our Diamond Anniversary in style, in 2020. Check back for more details once available.

The history of its preservation is itself an epic tale. Peter Richards recounts the story of railway's first five years in four articles:

The earlier history of the L&EGR is adapted from Chailey through the Centuries by Edwin Matthias 1983, having been originally published on the web on an old Chailey web site.

Personal Recollections of the Bluebell Line
This section of the web site features individuals' recollections of past visits to the railway. If you have such a memory which you wish to submit for possible inclusion here, please e-mail the Web Site Editor, Richard Salmon.

  1. Daniel Wilson recounts a visit, by train, in 1956 to the Sheffield Park Sawmill.
  2. Martin J.N. Payne remembers the 1955 closure, and a local Sharpthorne character.
  3. Martin Ternouth recalls his visits, in 1957 and on the day of the second closure, 16 March 1958.
  4. Mike South's account of why the LSWR Gate Stock didn't get preserved, and other memories of Early Bluebell Days.

The main page about the history of our line is available here.

Return to Bluebell Home Page, to the Timetable or to Special Events
History of the Bluebell:- L&EGR - Early Days 1 - Early Days 2 - Early Days 3 - Early Days 4 - Kingscote Station - Fenchurch
Personal Recollections of the Bluebell Line: Daniel Wilson - Martin J.N. Payne - Martin Ternouth - Early Bluebell Days: Mike South
Biography: Frederick Hutchings - 50 years with the LBSCR, SR & BR
Track Layouts through the years: Horsted Keynes - West Hoathly - Kingscote. More to come later!
Map showing how the line relates to other railways in the locality.
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