Due to a landslip at Ingwersons between West Hoathly
and Kingscote, the Bluebell's Santa
trains saw three, rather than the usual two, locomotives in
steam. Trains were top and tailed on the section north of
Horsted Keynes, and ran as far as the site of West Hoathly
station. Therefore, the first train from Sheffield Park on
Friday 22nd December, the 10.45, had to be banked all the way by
No.75027. The train locomotive is No.73082 Camelot, seen
below approaching Horsted Keynes.
The 11.40 was headed by the 9F
No.92240, making easy work of the 1 in 75 gradient up from
Three Arch bridge.
Below left : BR 4MT No.75027 seen in
the same location as the previous photo with the 12.35
service. The same train is seen in bottom right picture,
approaching the temporary halt just north of Sharpthorne
Tunnel. No. 92240 is attached to the back of the train, to
allow it to work back to Horsted Keynes.
Below : BR 5MT No.73082
Camelot is in charge of the 1.30pm, and has just
shut off to coast to a halt. No.75027 is still working at the