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Minute's silence in memory of Simon Brown - Derek Hayward - 13 August 2016 14 August

Steam Rollers and Traction Engines at Vintage Transport Weekend - Richard Salmon - 13 August 2016 Aveling Porter Steam Rollers, vintage motor cycles and cars at Vintage Transport Weekend - Richard Salmon - 13 August 2016

73082 carrying a wreath in memory of Simon Brown - Andy Kelly - 8 August 2016 12 August

H-class with wreath in memory of Simon Brown - John Sandys - 11 August 2016 Simon Brown at Kingscote - Derek Hayward - 20 December 2008

H-class approaches New Road Bridge - Derek Hayward - 30 July 2016 5 August

Elephant Van now with end doors - Derek Hayward - 30 July 2016 84030 stand at Collectors Fair - Derek Hayward - 30 July 2016
Car Boot section stall - Derek Hayward - 30 July 2016 Stall in marquee - Derek Hayward - 30 July 2016

H-class with the vintage goods train - Keith Duke - 23 July 2016 29 July

263 with goods train - Brian Lacey - 23 July 2016 Temporary signalling at Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 23 July 2016 S15 at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 23 July 2016

847 and 73082 at Kingscote - John Sandys - 19 July 2016 27 July

CRL4 at Sheffield Park for Fred Ivey's birthday - John Sandys - 25 July 2016 The Line to the Stars - John Sandys - 12 July 2016 263 at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 25 July 2016

Track Trek 2016 21 July

Veterans disembarking from their train at Kingscote - John Sandys - 19 July 2016 73082 runs round at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 16 July 2016 C-class with Wealden Rambler at Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 16 July 2016

Bluebell v Scaynes Hill cricket match 2016 18 July

SER O1 in the works at Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 16 July 2016 323 and 847 at Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 16 July 2016

S15 climbs the 1-in-55 towards Imberhorne Cutting - John Sandys - 12 July 2016 13 July

Hornby Adams Radials in the shop at Sheffield Park - John Sandys - 12 July 2016 C-class and Maunsell coaches at Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 9 July 2016

S15 ready to leave Sheffield Park at sunset - Martin Lawrence - 9 July 2016 11 July

Songs of Praise - Richard Salmon - 10 July 2016 All four Senior SMs - Richard Salmon - 10 July 2016
Band at Songs of Praise - Richard Salmon - 10 July 2016 C-class with Songs of Praise train - Richard Salmon - 10 July 2016

S15 ready to leave Sheffield Park - Keith Duke - 4 July 2016 7 July

C-class at Sheffield Park - Keith Duke - 4 July 2016 P-class and GN Saloon - Keith Duke - 4 July 2016 Gathering of 5 Fletcher, Jennings locomotives at the Talyllyn Railway - 2 July 2016

73082 arrives at Horsted Keynes - John Sandys - 30 June 2016 1 July


73082 runs round its train at Sheffield Park - John Sandys - 28 June 2016 28 June


 G1 Live Steam at the 2016 Bluebell Railway Model Railway Weekend 27 June

323 with 4-wheel coaches - Keith Duke - 25 June 2016 Kemp Town in N-gauge - Keith Duke - 25 June 2016

The Atlantic's rolling chassis - Fred Bailey - 9 June 2016 24 June


Newly restored SECR 3188 at Kingscote - Alex Morley - 18 June 2016 20 June
Our newly restored ex-LCDR carriage, SECR No.3188, is now ready for service, as seen in Alex Morley's photo taken on Saturday at Kingscote. Our three restored ex-LCDR carriages and SECR C-class No.592 were all built at the Chatham's Longhedge Works in Battersea, and this formation formed Saturday's special re-launch train for the restoration team, and invited guests.

All three carriages had become grounded bodies in bungalows before rescue and restoration to service by the Bluebell's C&W department. These three will be joined by our restored LBSCR Stroudley First next weekend and the four coaches used on a public services, as an additional shuttle train between Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes, for the Model Railway Weekend, the timetable for which is now available.

The carriage, built by the LCDR as a 6-wheeled 5-compartment third in 1897, had been converted by the SECR into a 3-compartment brake vehicle around 1910, and ran until 1935. It was sold to become a grounded body in a bungalow called "The Coaches" at Yarcombe in Devon, from where it was rescued, along with LSWR Saloon No.25, for the Bluebell by Peter Milnes in 2005.

Repro Longhedge Worksplate - Richard Salmon - 11 May 2016 Between 1950 and 1978 the carriages were occupied by Nelson and Gladys Long, and we were pleased to have two of their nieces, Jenny and Mary, and Jenny's husband Diego, with us for the relaunch. The sisters were able to share their memories of visiting their Aunt and Uncle, and hence these two carriages, in the 1950s. Jenny Dal Bello is seen in Richard Salmon's photo below presenting Tony Clements and Dave Clarke with photos, provided by one of their cousins, showing the carriages at Yarcombe in 1977.

The restoration of the carriage, owned by the Bluebell Railway Trust, who paid for the materials used in the work, was led by Tony, and involved around 20 volunteers in the C&W department with a weekend team working on the body, and the midweek metalworking team who shortened the SR van underframe to carry the body. It has been restored to its original form as a 5-compartment third, and thus adds significantly to the seating capacity of our Victorian train.

Dave Clarke provides an album which covers the 5-year restoration of No.3188 in detail, and Alex Morley's album shows more of the special train run yesterday. Jon Bower's photo below shows the restoration team assembled for a group photo, and the following photo, also by Jon, shows the relaunch train passing the bank below the cottages at Horsted Keynes which is currently a mass of ox-eye daises.


Jenny Dal Bello with Tony Clements and Dave Clarke - Richard Salmon - 18 June 2016 3188 restoration team - Jon Bowers - 18 June 2016
Loco and coaches all built at Longhedge, with Ox-eye daises on the approach Leamland Bridge  - Jon Bowers - 18 June 2016

The S15 approaches Kingscote - Richard Salmon - 18 June 2016 Food & Drink Festival 2-3 July at Horsted Keynes - poster by Mike Hopps

C-class passes through Horsted Keynes with goods train - Brian Lacey - 11 June 2016 17 June

73082 near Vaux End - Brian Kidman - 15 June 2016 3188 being prepared for service - Dave Clarke - 5 June 2016

Stepney at South of England Show - 8 June 2016 10 June
Vintage Goods Timetable for 11 June 2016


No.4957 after repaint to Carmine and Cream - Richard Salmon - 4 June 2016 8 June

H-class at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 8 June 2016 H-class at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 8 June 2016

No.263 at Sheffield Park - Tony Sullivan - 2 June 2016 4 June


Nos. 73082 and 263 pass at Horsted Keynes - Martin Lawrence - 31 May 2016 1 June

H-class at Horsted Keynes with Maunsell Open Third 1336 - Brian Lacey - 28 May 2016 OP4 shed progress at Horsted Keynes - Dave Clarke - 30 May 2016

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