Celebrating 40 years of The Bluebell Railway
Giants of Steam 2000
was on Sunday 22nd October 2000
The turn of the 'big boys' - we marvelled at the 'malachite millennium' with the pairing of 21C123 "Blackmoor Vale" (photo: right, Tony Pearce) and 34081 "92 Squadron" (photo: below, Battle of Britain Locomotive Society).
- Intensive train service (roughly every 40 minutes between 10am and 6pm).
- Free Vintage Bus link to Brighton and Lewes (details below)
- Great photo opportunities
- Double heading of Malachite Green Bulleids for the first time in about 50 years, on a 12-coach train in the afternoon.
- All our other currently operational large engines in steam:
- BR 9F No.92240
- Class 4 No.75027
- Class 5 No.73082 "Camelot"
- Guided Tours of the Carriage works
- Free Vintage Bus from Lewes and Brighton
- Trade stands and Carriage Shop at Horsted Keynes
- Special photographic and viewing areas
- Goods shed display and Sentinel Steam Lorry at Kingscote
- Kingscote station signal box open for viewing.
- Trains formed of a variety of vintage carriages:
- 2 x SECR Thirds
- LBSCR First
- LNWR Observation Car
- 3 x SR Maunsell
- 4 x SR Bulleid
- 5 x Green Mk.1
- 3 x Pullman Cars (reserved for pre-booked diners)
Photo Right: BR Standard 5 No.73082 'Camelot' at Kingscote (Hiroshi Naito)
Lineside Passes available from all Bluebell Railway Booking Offices on Application.
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Bus links to the railway:
Free Vintage Bus Service ran from Brighton and Lewes:
Buses left Brighton Pool Valley, (stopping on request between Brighton and Lewes Prison) approximately every 30 minutes from 10am to 2pm. After 2pm the service ran from Sheffield Park back to Lewes and Brighton approximately every 30 minutes until 5.30pm.
British Rail Heavy Freight 2-10-0, class 9F No.92240 at Sheffield Park. (Richard Salmon)
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Last updated 23 October 2000 by Richard Salmon.
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