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- This photo from Saturday shows the H-class setting off from Horsted Keynes with the Victorian set, which is running again in public service this weekend.
- We are very sorry to report that one of our Society's Vice-Presidents, Geoffrey Cope, passed away last Saturday. A brief obituary and details of funeral arangements are provided on the BRPS Members' pages.
- Video of Camelot in steam on Tuesday from Martin Lawrence, who has also completed his September photo gallery, with some shots of Camelot, the Q-class, and preparations for the Operation Undercover 4 building work at Horsted Keynes.
- Video from Brian Seaman showing the S15 "going to the end of the line" while running round at Sheffield Park.
- John Harwood's video from last Friday including the incoming private-charter railtour with DEMU 1001.
- These three photos by John Sandys, taken at Sheffield Park yesterday, show:
- LBSCR No.672 "Fenchurch" enjoying the sun,
- BR Standard 4 tank No.80151 in the loco works - having been prepared for dismantling over recent weeks and months it is now rapidly coming apart,
- The restoration of the porch to original condition, a project being undertaken by the Friends of Sheffield Park.
- Brian Lacey's photo shows the Maunsell Q-class, which is running the mid-week trains at present, on arrival at East Grinstead with the early afternoon train yesterday.
- Monday to Friday for the coming three weeks (5-23 Oct) we have our Autumn Tints specials - there are two trains operating - take the LNWR Observation Car behind SECR P-class No.323 "Bluebell", or travel in a pair of our comfortable Southern Railway designed Bulleid carriages behind SECR H-class No.263. Advance booking, particularly for the Observation Car, is essential - phone 01825 720800. Tickets are valid for one return trip, and substantial discounts are available if you book at least 8 days in advance - timetable and full details here. Note that these trains do not stop at Kingscote.
- A reminder that Sunday is our Vintage Bus Day, with free vintage buses to and around the railway on 6 routes - download the event guide with routes and full timetables.
- The date for the Murder Mystery evening planned for Friday 5 August next year has been changed to Friday 12 August. Details of all the 2016 Murder Mystery events are available to download here.
- John Sandys reports (and provides photos of) a busy day at the railway today with the Q-class and C-class in steam, and the 09 shunting. Michael Portillo was there for some filming, and in the loco workshop work has started on No.80151 whilst Camelot is in the final stages of preparation for (hopefully) Giants of Steam. Also work is well under way on the restoration of the Sheffield Park entrance porch to original condition. It was also nice to see Fenchurch out in the sunshine whilst being shunted.
- BR Standard Tank No.80151 having moved into the Locomotive Works for overhaul, this is reflected by its addition to the Locos under overhaul page, and other relevant pages have also been updated.
- During September 2015 there were 53,190 total hits on this page, from 31,791 unique visitors.
- Keith Duke has some photos of Friday evening's private charter with the Hastings Diesel unit on the Bluebell, and Peter Edwards provides the photo of 1001 below.
- Another of Julian Heinemann's photos shows 73082 "Camelot" in the platform at Sheffield Park on Tuesday after its successful boiler test. A few minor adjustments are currently being made back in the works.
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Beyond Phase 3: Above Workshop Facility fit-out - 16 October 2014
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- This photo from Julian Heinemann shows that 73082 "Camelot" was moving around within the confines of Sheffield Park Station yesterday following the successful steam test for insurance purposes. There now follows a period of commissioning, finishing and lining out. More of Julian's photos here. Looking good, we hope, for a re-entry into service as one of our 5 "Giants of Steam" on 31 October / 1 November.
- A photo here from Andy Kelly shows "Camelot" in steam on Monday for the first time in 10 years, being made ready for yesterday's insurance inspection.
- More photo blog posts by New Yorker, "Super Train Station H" concluding the first day of his visit in May:
- A look around the engine shed at Sheffield Park;
- Around Sheffield Park station;
- Observing the volunteers preparing the Ale Train;
- On board the Ale Train;
- Concluding the trip on the Rail Ale Train;
- Blog and video summarising H's first day on the Bluebell.
- Dave Clarke has updated his photo site with the Railway's tribute to the late Graham Mallinson, and the latest progress in the C&W Department on SECR 7-plank 16194, RMB 1818, SR CK 5768, Bulleid TO 1464, Elephant Van 4601, LBSCR 949 and SECR 3188.
- Alan Bedford's photos from yesterday, with the Q-class on the train and Camelot in steam.
- On Friday evening, in addition to the last Fish & Chip train of the season, the railway also paid host to Hastings Diesels' unit No.1001, which was on a private railtour to celebrate the retirement from the big railway of a Bluebell and Hastings Diesels volunteer. Martin Lawrence's video shows its arrival at East Grinstead, and Julian Clark's photo below shows it approaching Horsted Keynes.
- Brian Lacey's photo below shows the S15 at Kingscote on Saturday.
- The Bluebell Railway is delighted to report that our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for our ASH (Accessible Steam Heritage) Project, has received a first round pass. Further details are available in this Press Release. The artist's impression on the right shows the new exhibition area to explain to our visitors how steam locomotives work. The project includes repairing and refitting the current locomotive shed to better display the locomotives present within it, and the construction of a new locomotive servicing facilty, covering the washout pit and adjacent track, as seen in the drawing below.
- Sunday 4 October is our annual Bus Running Day. Free vintage buses will be running on the following routes:
Further details and full timetables available to download here.
- Service 20 between Brighton, Lewes and Sheffield Park.
- Service 92 between Uckfield, Maresfield, Nutley, Forest Row and East Grinstead.
- Service 409 between Lingfield, Felbridge, East Grinstead and Forest Row.
- Service 88 between East Grinstead, Turners Hill, Ardingly, Lindfield and Haywards Heath.
- Service 434 between East Grinstead and Turners Hill.
- Service 494 between East Grinstead, Lingfield, Crowhurst Place, Tandridge and Oxted.
- News and photo update on Stowe's overhaul - the new throatplate and steel half sides have arrived.
- An additional date (10 Dec) has been added for the Murder Mystery evenings on the Golden Arrow - Download updated 2015 details - "Murder, Rattle & Roll".
2016 details and dates are also now available.
- Update to the Locomotive Duty Roster, with various changes, the most important being the move of the next Vintage Goods Train to 10 October for operational reasons.
- John Sandys' photos from Tuesday featuring the Q-class on the service train, new lighting in the Loco Works and progress on Camelot.
- Brian Lacey's photo from Wednesday shows the Q-class running round the service train at East Grinstead.
- As a taster for the Giants of Steam on 31 October and 1 November, Keith Duke's photo shows No.925 "Cheltenham" at the Mid Hants Railway in February this year.
- Today's adventure blog from SuperTrainStationH has a few snapshots and video from his second south trip on the Bluebell Railway on 22 May.
- John Sandys' photos below show the SECR H-class on the Maunsell set, arriving at Horsted Keynes with the 2nd train today, and an ever-more complete "Camelot" in the Loco Works, together with a cherry picker which is installing new low-energy lighting in the works.
- With Camelot returning to steam, why not purchase a copy of this signed limited edition print (82 copies only) by transport artist Malcolm Root G.R.A.
The cost of the print is only £82.00 which includes one year's membership of The 73082 Camelot Locomotive Society - details here.
- A RailFuture article about the Sussex Route Study, particularly as it applies to Lewes-Uckfield, has been published.
- Today's episode of SuperTrainStationH's photo blog has him fawning over some of the Bluebell Railway's corridor coaches.
- Chris Pratt's photo below, taken while he was waiting to exchange tokens with the approaching train, shows the pair of 73s on the final part of their journey back from London on Wednesday.
- Brian Lacey's photos below show a visitor to Kingscote box, and the S15 at Horsted Keynes, both taken last Saturday.
- Brian Kidman's photo shows the Maunsell Q-class, passing the Wednesday lineside gang at the Hill Place PW Cabin (originally built as the weighbridge cabin for the outgoing spoil trains), yesterday.
- Details now available for the long-awaited return of Giants of Steam - 31 October and 1 November.
Subject to availability we should have the following locomotives on an intensive service:
Discounts on tickets purchased by 18 October. Full details here.
- BR Class 7 Pacific No.70000 "Britannia"
- SR Schools-class No.925 "Cheltenham"
- SR S15-class 4-6-0 No.847
- SR Q-class No.30541
- ...and the return to service of the only surviving named BR Class 5, No.73082 "Camelot"
- We are currently advertising a number of vacancies for full-time and part-time posts on the railway.
- A series of insightful and detailed photo blog posts by "Super Train Station H" who visited us from New York in May, and joined in everything that was happening on the railway for a week, has started to appear:
Looking forward to seeing more posts, which are arriving regularly!
- Arrival at East Grinstead;
- Waiting at East Grinstead for my first steam train;
- The Q-class brings its train into East Grinstead;
- Boarding the train at East Grinstead;
- Departure from East Grinstead - first ride aboard a steam train;
- Video exploring some of the corridor coaches;
- My first journey from East Grinstead to Horsted Keynes;
- My first arrival at Sheffield Park station;
- My first northbound journey on the Bluebell Railway.
- Our four Metropolitan Railway carriages returned home from London yesterday, behind Nos.73107 & 73136, and running as Nos.99387, 99412, 99368, and 99394 (their main-line registration numbers being the Met. numbers with a "99" prefix). The transfer is seen here in Nicholas Woollven's photo at Clapham Junction, and on Bluebell metals in Brian Kidman's photo at Hill Place, just north of Imberhorne Cutting. Further photos available here.
- Brian Lacey's photo on the right shows the E4 B473 with the Maunsell coaches and Observation Car at Kingscote on Saturday, and that below, the S15 arriving at East Grinstead with the Mk.1 set last Wednesday.
- Photos from John Sandys from yesterday, featuring the Q-class on the service trains, and a look around the yard and the shop at Sheffield Park.
- Martin Lawrence has produced a new video "Sheffield Park To East Grinstead in five minutes" as an update to his 2008 "Sheffield Park to Kingscote in four minutes" video - be the driver as H-class No.263 goes from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead in 5 minutes - as always many thanks to the volunteers and staff of the Bluebell Railway who made this possible.
- The second photo below, from Varsha Ratna, shows L150, the Met. Milk Van and our four Chesham set coaches at Harrow On the Hill Station on Saturday. The real-time train-running report for our carriages' return shows they left West Ruislip depot at 5.47 this morning bound for East Grinstead.
- Brian Lacey's photo here shows the Q-class with the Wealden Rambler at Kingscote on Saturday.
- Photos from John Sandys from last Thursday, a lovely warm sunny day - includes 847 on the service trains, and several photos of progress on Camelot.
- Camelot update from Peter Gibbs, with thanks to the Workshop staff.
- Update to the Locomotive Duty Roster, with a few changes to accommodate some maintenance requirements.
- Roger Carpenter has returned to take some more photos at the new box at Kingscote, with some explanatory notes. The most important piece of equipment (kettle excepted) for the signalman has also now arrived!
- It was a great weekend of steam on the Metropolitan line. The photos below, from Mark Armstrong and Varsha Ratna, show Met.1, Sarah Siddons, and our four Chesham set coaches at Harrow On the Hill Station on Sunday and Saturday respectively. Our carriages should be returning by rail to East Grinstead on Wednesday morning.
Videos of the Steam event on the Metropolitan Line this weekend are available from:
- Brian Lacey's photo shows the S15 arriving with the service train at East Grinstead yesterday. We have a public train service every day through September.
- Postal booking for Santa Specials is also open, with forms available at the Railway, from the enquiry offices, or for you to print from here. In addition, 3rd-class (i.e. standard) tickets for those Santa Specials starting at Sheffield Park may be purchased online now, as can all tickets for the Reindeer Specials.
- Booking is also now open for the Victorian Christmas Trains from Sheffield Park on Tuesday 22 December. Phone 01825 720800 or book online.
- Great to see the Bluebell featured as part of a topical skyNEWS report yesterday comparing Queen Victoria To Elizabeth II.
- There are just a few tickets remaining for this weekend's London Transport Museum Vintage Summer Steam event, running between Watford, Chesham and Harrow-on-the-Hill. Carriages B, C, D and E are the Bluebell's Victorian Metropolitan Railway carriages, which again have been loaned to London Underground for the event.
- Martin Lawrence provides this view of the C-class on arrival at East Grinstead on Sunday, with the Edwardian set. The photo is taken from a restricted area only accessible to our Authorised official photographers. It is one of the photos Martin has added to his September gallery.
- During September, residents in the locality of East Grinstead Station who are over 60 years of age can take advantage of our Monday Club Cream Tea Offer, which is available Monday to Friday, for pre-booking only. Call us on 01825 720800 to book, or drop in to our Travel Centre at East Grinstead Station.
- Booking details are now available for Autumn Tints 2015 which run on weekdays only, 5-23 October. You can start your journey from Sheffield Park or East Grinstead. Seating capacity is limited on some departures, so pre-booking is recommended, and for tickets booked at least 8 days in advance there is a substantial discount.
- Online and postal booking is now open for our hugely popular Santa Special trains in December. Telephone booking for Santa Specials opens on 5th October, but 3rd-class (i.e. standard) tickets for Santa Specials starting at Sheffield Park may be purchased online now.
Booking for our Reindeer Specials is now also open: phone 01825 720800 or book online.
- Roger Carpenter had the chance to see the progress made in the new box at Kingscote yesterday afternoon, and has added a few pictures to his Bluebell 2015 folder on flickr, with some explanatory notes.
- Martin Lawrence's two photos below illustrate two volunteer projects currently in progress. As part of the Kingscote Goods Yard project, the ex-Horsted Keynes Goods Shed has had major structural and roof repairs and a full repaint, undertaken by some volunteers from the Friends of Kingscote. On the Elephant Van project (materials being funded by the Arts Council Resilience Fund, with work being undertaken by many volunteers from the C&W department), the metal structure of the van has, after grit-blasting and anti-rust treatment, received a coat of primer and two undercoats. Repairs to hardwood planks from the sides are in hand, and new roof hoop timbers and floor timbers have been delivered (the pile of timbers seen stacked on the right in the photo).
- Martin Lawrence provides this photo showing GBRf's 73136 & 73107 at Horsted Keynes yesterday, having just collected our four Metropolitan carriages, with more in his new September gallery, together with this video of the occasion.
- An obituary for Graham Mallinson is provided on the BRPS Members' pages, with thanks to Roger Cruse.
- Not one, but two updates to the Project 27 Blogspot with what appears to be good news on the frames, which will save time, effort and money!
- Gavin Bennett's photo below shows the Met coaches en-route to West Ruislip, at South Croydon yesterday evening.
- Brian Lacey's photo shows Baxter with Observation Car at East Grinstead on Sunday.
- Brian Lacey's photo illustrates Sunday evening's Special fundraising/test train with "Captain Baxter", seen here preparing to take the second train of the evening out of Sheffield Park.
- We are immensely saddened by the news of the death of Graham Mallinson at the Shoreham airshow crash. This tribute to him has been issued by his family, to whom we offer our sincere condolences.
- Further photos and a report on progress towards the return to service of No.73082 "Camelot".
- On Sunday Bob Palmer handed over a cheque for £111,492.52 which was most gratefully received by Roy Watts, Chairman B.R.P.S. and Bill Brophy, Chairman of The Bluebell Railway Trust. Cheques for similar amounts were presented to representatives of the R.S.P.C.A. and Guide Dogs for the Blind, representing three very generous legacies left by the Will of the late Colin Palmer.
Full details in this press release - photo by Martin Lawrence.
Legacies left to The Bluebell Railway Trust are becoming an increasingly important element of the funding which enables the continued preservation and development of the Bluebell Railway.
- The timings for tonight's trip of our four Metropolitan carriages, to be hauled by a pair of GBRf Class 73s from Horsted Keynes to West Ruislip Depot, are available from RealTimeTrains. They will be in use on the Metropolitan Line for the Sept 12-13 London Transport Museum "Vintage Summer Steam" event, running between Watford, Chesham and Harrow-on-the-Hill.
- Derek Hayward's photo below shows S15 No.847 approaching Horsted Keynes on Saturday 22 August. This locomotive has been performing reliably on the main service set for the last few weeks, and is the service engine for this week too.
- Brian Lacey's photo shows Sunday evening's Special fundraising/test train paused at Horsted Keynes. The first coach behind "Captain Baxter" is our LBSCR Stroudley First No.661. The evening raised over £1,400 towards the restoration of our Maunsell Dining Saloon No.7864, and thanks are due to Russell Pearce, Simon Barker and the catering team, Roy Watts at East Grinstead, and our train crew and signalmen for enabling this test train to be used as a fund-raising special.
- Keith Duke provides a gallery of photos of the Baxter specials, and other evening photos around the Railway.
- It is with sadness that we report that Lord Montagu, who established the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, and was initially responsible for saving our Schools-class locomotive "Stowe" and Pullman Car "Fingall" for preservation, has died aged 88. He had been President of Bluebell Railway PLC since its formation in November 1985. We offer condolences to his wife Fiona and son Ralph, both of whom have had connections with the Bluebell over the years, and the rest of the family.
- Martin Lawrence has added some final photos to his August gallery, including updates on the Elephant Van project (funded by the Arts Council Resilience Fund) and the preparations to move the permanent way facilities from their current location at Horsted Keynes to consolidate the S&T at that location.
- We are currently advertising a vacancy for a Chef, to work at Sheffield Park and on our Pullman Dining Train.
- The Locomotive Duty Roster is now available for September, together with the first draft for October, with thanks to Chris Knibbs. As always, this may be subject to changes without notice, if required.
- Our Museum web pages include one describing Withyham Signal Box.
- Video study of our Maunsell Q-class, from Philip Bull.
- Visitors to Horsted Keynes station should note that the road from the Ardingly/Lindfield/Highbrook direction (Station Approach via Burstowhill Lane/Hammingden Lane) is likely to be closed from today for up to two weeks whilst a major water main is laid across the road. Horsted Keynes station can still be reached from Horsted Keynes village and from Sharpthorne via Horsted Lane and Cinder Hill.
- Steve Lee's photos show the Sunday lunchtime dining train behind B473 and the H-class with the Victorian set plus Observation Car, both seen at Horsted Keynes. The four Metropolitan carriages are due to leave on Thursday this week, by rail via East Grinstead, for the forthcoming London Transport Museum's "Vintage Summer Steam".
- A new web page has been created for the Carriage Shop on Platform 1 at Horsted Keynes, with thanks to Chris Wilson for the content.
The shop, selling a large range of second-hand railway items, is open right across the August Bank Holiday Weekend:
The shop also has a facebook page:
- Friday 28th: 10 am - 5 pm
- Saturday 29th: 11 am - 4 pm
- Sunday 30th: 11 am - 4pm
- Monday 31st: 10 am - 5pm
- The first photo below is one of Derek Hayward's from Saturday, showing the H-class approaching Ketches Halt with the 7-coach Victorian set.
- Photos from John Sandys from today, three engines in steam, shunting at Horsted Keynes, and a look at the Stroudley carriage restorations in the carriage works. One of John's photo from today, below, shows the C-class shunting at Horsted Keynes. The engine later returned the 9F and "Blackmoor Vale" to Sheffield Park, now the work to reclad the Locomotive Works has been finished.
- Full details are now available to download for the 2016 Murder Mystery evenings on the Golden Arrow - see also details for the remainder of 2015.
- Brian Lacey's photo shows the H-class (with 7 Victorian carriages in tow) approaching Kingscote on Saturday, where "Captain Baxter" is waiting to leave with the vintage goods train.
- We're now well into Kids' Week which runs until Monday 31 August: Kids for a Quid - Punch & Judy shows and Circus Skills - see full details.
- For a rare chance to ride behind Baxter on a special Evening Train, join us on Sunday 30th August. The special trains leave Sheffield Park at 6pm and 8.30pm - tickets still available: ring Richard Salmon on 07799 890750 or e-mail - we need passenger numbers for catering - see details on this poster. The event is helping to raise funds for the restoration of Maunsell Dining Saloon No.7864.
- Further photos and report from Peter Gibbs of the 73082 Camelot Locomotive Society.
- John Sandys provides an album from last Thursday, and another from yesterday, a very busy day at the railway despite the wet weather!
- Martin Lawrence provides a video of the procedure involved in "running round" the goods train at Kingscote from Saturday.
- Derek Hayward has added 30 photos to the start of his 2015 Bluebell album, with photos from Saturday.
- The first two photos below, from Brian Lacey and Derek Hayward, show Saturday's cricket match between the Bluebell Railway and Scaynes Hill Cricket Club, who have recently commissioned a second cricket ground right next to the Railway. A great day was had by all. Scaynes won the toss and batted first. Bluebell bowling and fielding fielding was tight, taking nine wickets whilst Scaynes put on 165 in the allotted 35 overs. Unfortunately, the Bluebell's batting fell short, totalling 87 all out. There will be a full report in the forthcoming issue of the Bluebell's e-Newsletter.
- The third photo below, from Huw Lloyd who was working in the C&W, shows Baxter being oiled round after taking water in the down yard at Horsted Keynes on Saturday.
- Steve Lee's photo below shows Baxter with the demonstration goods train on Saturday, and John Sandys' shows the S15 arriving at Horsted Keynes yesterday with the first train of the day from East Grinstead.
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