The 50th Anniversary of Closure
was commemorated on Sat 28, Sun 29 & Mon 30 May 2005
Photo reports from the Gala from our photographers:
50 years ago British Railways closed the Bluebell line between Lewes and East Grinstead. This first closure was found to be illegal and the line subsequently reopened for a short period, during which time the impetus to preserve the line was born.
This gala Bank Holiday weekend event commemorated the
anniversary with a train service of the period.
- Visiting Loco: Ivatt 2-6-2T No.41312 - from the Mid Hants Railway
- Locomotives carrying numbers of those used on the line 50 years ago; 41302, 32577, 80032, 80017.
- Terrier No.55 as DS 337 "Brighton Works" shunter (Sunday and Monday)
- Goods Trains running early in the day on Sunday and Monday
- Saturday evening train - "Last Train" recreation
- Guided walks of the Ardingly Branch (Monday only)
- Guided Tours of the Carriage Works.
- Up to six steam locomotives in action - intensive 4-train service.
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Last updated 20 June 2005 by Richard Salmon.
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