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Bluebell Railway Business Services


The Bluebell Railway is able to provide a wide range of corporate services:

Corporate Entertainment and
Facilities for Meetings

Golden Arrow Pullman train Our "Golden Arrow" dining train, using restored Pullman Cars dating from the 1920s, is available for corporate hire. (Photo Right)

Our Birch Grove Suite at the Bluebell Railway's Sheffield Park station, is ideal for Conferences, Meetings, Dinner Dances or Wedding Receptions.

If you are having a meeting or conference we could incorporate your lunch-time break with our famous steam-hauled Golden Arrow Pullman at a supplementary rate.

We can adapt any event around your requirements.

ROOM HIRE RATES:-
Please contact Caroline Collins or Tracy Cowley or Louise Duncton for full details by phone: 01825 720801 or e-mail.

Capacity in seating arrangements
Dinner Dance: 50
Classroom: 56
Boardroom: 50
Theatre Style: 65

Audio/Visual Equipment, Sound and Lighting
We would be delighted to discuss your requirements, ranging from Back Projection to Video Conferencing. We can supply the very latest up to date equipment to meet your individual needs. Prices are available on request.

Telephone, Fax and Photocopying - charged accordingly.

If any of your guests require Hotel Accommodation from Monday to Thursday, we can recommend and have a special discount available at the Birch Hotel, Haywards Heath. Transport to and from the Bluebell Railway can be arranged - Prices on request.


For further information:
Please contact our staff at Sheffield Park on 01825 720801 or fax: 01825 720805 or e-mail

Our ordinary scheduled trains may also be used for corporate purposes. Maybe you'd like to book an entire coach as an unusual meeting venue, or charter a complete train, which would run in addition to the normal timetabled services. Please phone us on 01825 720800 - office hours, including weekends - to discuss possibilities.


Location Services

On Location The Bluebell is in frequent demand as a Film and Television location.
To discuss your requirements, please contact Chris Knibbs at our Sheffield Park Office on +44 (0)1825 720811 or fax: +44 (0)1825 720804 or by e-mail

or write to:

    Chris Knibbs,
    The Bluebell Railway,
    Sheffield Park Station,
    East Sussex,
    TN22 3QL

Photo: Peter (Jack Blumenau), Mother (Jenny Agutter), The Old Gentleman (Lord Richard Attenborough), Phyllis (Clare Thomas) and Bobbie (Jemima Rooper) with The Green Dragon (Locomotive 592) during the filming of Carlton's "The Railway Children". (Photo used with permission of Carlton TV)

Recent film and TV productions to have used the Bluebell as a major location include "Downton Abbey", "The Invisible Woman", "The Woman in Black" and "John Carter". Earlier productions included "Wind in the Willows", "The Railway Children", "Station Jim", "The Ruby in the Smoke" and "Miss Potter". Over the years we have provided facilities for countless other film and television productions, and directors such as Ken Russell have returned to use us on multiple occasions. Locations on the railway are also available for shooting stills and music videos.

Brief details of recent filming assignments undertaken on the Bluebell are available here.

We are able to offer:

Sheffield Park Platform 1 Horsted Keynes (Lewis Nodes) Stations representing periods from Victorian times to the 1950s, including the impressive junction station of Horsted Keynes with its five platform faces. Stations also feature traditional signalling, waiting rooms, etc., and the advantages of quiet rural locations.

1875-built Stepney (Mike Esau) O1 locomotive at the SECR Gala (Jon Horrocks) A large variety of operational steam locomotives ranging from the Victorian and Edwardian period, right up to more modern ones which ran until the end of steam in 1968.

Details of currently operational locomotives are available here, and additionally it may be possible to make some of those listed as being on static display available "as if in steam" if required.

British Railways Loco 'Camelot' (Hiroshi Naito)

Traditional semaphore signals frame British Railways locomotive "Camelot" .

Vintage Branch-line Train (Mike Nichols) A wide variety of carriages, again representing all periods; Victorian, Edwardian, Art-deco Pullmans, Pre-war, Post-war and relatively modern.

Also a wide variety of trucks, wagons, and other goods stock covering the same period.

Seven Victorian carriages in full working order, with appropriate locomotives.

Great Northern Railway Saloon (Mike Esau) Vintage Goods Train (Richard Salmon)

Stepney and Birch Grove coming north from Horsted Keynes (Jon Bowers) Along our line we have a variety of scenery and features; bridges and cuttings, embankments, double track sections (right), a river crossing and a tunnel, and of course at Sheffield Park we can offer the atmosphere of a working steam locomotive shed. Many of our members are experienced as extras, be-it as passengers, station-master, engine-driver or train guard. We can even supply musicians - we have our own concert band.

We are listed under Location Services in UK - England and Wales in Mandy's International Film and TV Production Directory, and as a location in Kemps Film and Television production services handbook online.
We are included on pages about Sussex Film Locations at www.ukfilmlocation.co.uk and www.hammer-film-locations.co.uk

BR Standard Tank with three coaches, 2004 (Jon Bowers) New Year Victorian Train - Jon Bowers - 1 Jan 2007
Please Note: The Bluebell Railway charges commercial rates for all filming and professional photography. Unfortunately we cannot offer discounted facilities to student, self-promotional or amateur dramatic films, due to the costs of supervising such work. Filming drama is not allowed on the ordinary public train services.

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