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9 December: All services operating until 24 December are pre-booked only.
- Martin Lawrence has completed his November gallery and started that for December, which includes the great shot on the right, taken at Horsted Keynes last Saturday as the S15 draws its stock forward prior to running round via the loop line (thus avoiding the locomotive passing through platform 2 where the passengers from the train were enjoying the Victorian amusements).
- Dates for 2017 Golden Arrow, Lounge Car, Fish & Chips and other supper trains, and Real Ale trains are now available.
- 2017 dates now available for PTS courses which are required for Bluebell Lineside photographic passes.
- On Wednesday we had a successful evening at the National Railway Heritage Awards Ceremony in London, winning the Siemens Signalling Award for Kingscote Signal Box and Signalling. Paul Maynard MP, Rail Minister, presented the Award to Brian Hymas, Chris Bassett and Chris Chambers who were representing the Bluebell S&T, as seen in the photo below from Robert Hayward.
The commentary referred to "... a first rate project. Well thought through, designed and executed to a very high standard". The "recreation and preservation of a full working example of an historically important type of lever frame and associated signalling practice as used extensively by the Southern Railway and Southern Region". Also, the recreation "of signalling for a country station as it might have been in the 1950s, following Southern Railway and Southern Region practice".
Mention was made of the 1950's rail-built and lattice signal posts and a particular comment about the design of the up home signals, using a single post with two arms as an "interesting recreation and demonstration of an old practice ... giving added interest and historic value".
The runners up for the Siemens Signalling Award were Carnforth Junction Signal Box (Network Rail) and Midsomer Norton Signal Box (Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust).
- Major news update from the Brighton Atlantic project with thanks to Fred Bailey. His photo below shows the front section of the cab roof (which has 315 rivets in it!) temporarily in place.
3 December: All services operating until 24 December are pre-booked only.
- Nick Dearden provides this great video compilation (right) of Steam on the Bluebell this Autumn.
- Our Santa Specials get under way today. These specials, running up to Christmas Eve, are booking up even faster than last year - to grab some of the last remaining tickets phone 01825 720806.
- This evening is our Annual Carol Service at Horsted Keynes Station. The service is led by our Chaplain, Father John, the Rector of Horsted Keynes, with music led by The Bluebell Railway Band. Admission is free, and the station refreshment room is open from 6pm with hot snacks and mulled wine available, prior to the service which starts at 7.30pm.
- Also today we have Felbridge WI's stall at East Grinstead Station Buffet from 10am
- Three clips of the S15 on the service trains last weekend from Mike Anton. Mike also has a recent gallery, including photos from the Track Trek, with some 360-degree views such as this one inside the tunnel.
- Dates for various 2017 Special Events are now available, including those for the Diesel Gala, which has its own Facebook entry.
- Update to the Locomotive Duty Roster, with expected locomotive use for December.
- Bulleid Society News update with the latest news on the overhaul their carriage, No.5768, at Horsted Keynes.
- Update with the current positions in the new season's Football Competition which is raising funds for the overhaul of our Southern Railway Maunsell Dining Saloon No.7864.
- During November 2016 there were 48,817 total hits on this page, from 29,738 unique visitors.
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25 November: 'Flying Scotsman' is visiting us in April
- Jonathan Hughes' superb autumnal photograph taken last Saturday shows our Southern Railway Q-class No.30541. Don't forget we have our Kids for a Quid special offer over this weekend, and trains run to a revised timetable.
Just turn up and ride - no need to book in advance.
- The Q-class will be visiting the Great Central Railway for its Winter Gala, Friday 27 to Sunday 29 January. Of course GCR-based 8F No.48624 visited us recently for Giants of Steam.
- A reminder that next Saturday, 3 December, we have our Annual Carol Service at Horsted Keynes Station. The service is led by our Chaplain, Father John, the Rector of Horsted Keynes, with music led by The Bluebell Railway Band. Admission is free, and the station refreshment room is open from 6pm with hot snacks and mulled wine available, prior to the service which starts at 7.30pm.
- Give Back Friday... You can support the Bluebell if you buy online; click through to EasyFundraising ... and choose "Bluebell Railway" as your cause to support. We simply receive a small percentage as a donation from the retailer from whom you purchase; it costs you nothing, and has raised significant sums for us so far!
- There are just a few tickets remaining for the Reindeer Special on 4 December; otherwise these are Sold Out.
- Our Victorian Christmas specials are now Sold Out.
- We are currently advertising a vacancy for a Machinist in the Locomotive Department.
24 November: Note: Temporary timetable 26 & 27 Nov.
- Many thanks to Phil Brown for supplying this photo, showing 'Flying Scotsman' at the NRM in April this year, to illustrate its forthcoming visit to the Bluebell. As announced yesterday, the iconic locomotive will be running on our line 13-19 April 2017.
Please note that we do not know yet what the detailed arrangements for the visit, ticketing etc, will be. Please keep an eye on our web site, and we'll be updating it with further details when they are available, or subscribe to our e-Newsletter.
'Flying Scotsman' was built in Doncaster becoming the first locomotive of the newly formed London and North Eastern Railway (LNER). It left the works on 24 February 1923 as number 1472. It was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley as part of the A1 class - the most powerful locomotives used by the LNER at that time.
By 1924, when it was selected to appear at the British Empire Exhibition in London, the loco had been renumbered 4472 - and had been given the name 'Flying Scotsman' after the London to Edinburgh rail service which started daily at 10am in 1862. In 1934, Scotsman was clocked at 100mph on a special test run - officially the first locomotive in the UK to have reached that speed. It now carries its British Railways number 60103, and the livery it carried at the time of its withdrawal from normal service in 1963.
- In December there are a number of additional attractions taking place in our Grinsteade Buffet Carriage at East Grinstead Station:
- Saturday 3 Dec: Felbridge WI stall from 10am
- Saturdays 10 & 17 Dec: Santa will be at East Grinstead Station
- Sunday 11 Dec: A consultant from The Body Shop at Home - 10am to 1pm
- Our workforce engaged on replacing the Leamland point a couple of weeks back received some additional help. Through Community Investment work with the Princes Trust, the Charity which assists getting un-employed 18-25 year olds into paid work, Costain have been helping 5 candidates work towards attaining PTS accreditation for use on the National Rail Network. What better way to help in this undertaking than giving some hands on experience at the Bluebell when they, together with 2 Costain Engineers, visited the railway on Friday 11 November. A confidence boost for the candidates, and an opportunity to improve social skills and provide a constructive contribution to another volunteer led organisation. Ben Coughlan's photo below shows them at Horsted Keynes.
- Until it was overtaken by the 'Flying Scotsman' announcement, Tom James' photo below, of a robin helping with the preparation of locomotives over the pit on Saturday morning, had proved our biggest hit on our facebook page for a long time!
- Stop Press: We are delighted to announce that No.60103 "Flying Scotsman" is to visit the Bluebell Railway in 2017.
The dates of operation on the Bluebell Railway will be 13-19 April, offering a special Easter treat for many! Further details of the visit and ticketing arrangements will be made available in due course.
16 November: Note: Temporary timetable 19/20 & 26/27 Nov.
- Stuart Pay's photo shows our Sentinel shunter with the ballast hoppers during a ballast drop on the relaid trackwork to the north of Horsted Keynes today. The line will be open again next weekend, but we are still running to our temporary timetable. The last Wealden Rambler afternoon Tea train of the year also runs on Saturday.
- If you live locally and fancy using a steam train as transport to do your Christmas shopping, then our £5 Christmas shopping trains could be just the thing! They run on Monday 5 & 12, Tuesday 6 & 13 and Wednesday 14 December. Details here.
- Several recent Blog posts have featured the Bluebell:
- Katie does tea;
- KOREC Group have donated a Geodimeter 600;
- Heather's photo blog features 34059 a few years ago;
- Giants of Steam (3): 8F 48624 on Pete's favourite things blog.
- The Sunday Permanent Way gang worked on the relaid trackwork on Saturday, clipping up the new rails and the S&T were to be found working, in slightly better weather conditions, on Sunday on the new point. As of Sunday, as seen in David Chappell's photos below, there were still some track panels to lay to reconnected the line, ballast to drop, and lots of other little jobs just to finish. Note the signal wire running though the base of the relocated S&T location cabinets.
14 November: Note: Temporary timetable 19, 20, 26 & 27 Nov.
- Mike Anton's photo here shows the Track Trek on Satuday, passing through the suitably illuminated tunnel. The drip-shields installed a few years ago, which prevent the formation of icicles in the winter, can clearly be seen.
- There is a full report on Saturday's Track Trek in yesterday's eNewsletter. The headlines are that 225 walkers braved the rain and actually participated, and with money still coming in, they have collectively raised over £11,000 towards the ASH and CfC appeals. A few photos taken in the gloom by Tom James, and Martin Lawrence has added some to his November gallery.
The event was able to take place because the line was severed by engineering work near Leamland Bridge, and closed to trains for the weekend.
Many thanks to all the participants, and their sponsors. If these photos of our valiant walkers impress you, please do make a donation to one of the online pages they have created.
- There are some remarkable old pictures of the Bluebell Railway (and other Sussex locations) included accross the four pages of the Blue Pelican Railways collection.
- Another of Mike Anton's photos, below, shows the Track Trekers setting off from East Grinstead. Peter Edwards' photo from Giants of Steam shows 'Camelot' approaching Rock Cutting with the 3.25pm from Sheffield Park, substituting for the B12 on that trip, on 29 October.
11 November: Note: No trains 12-13 Nov. - Temporary timetable 19, 20, 26 & 27 Nov.
- Steve Lee's photo shows the visiting 8F from the Great Central with a nicely matching rake of carriages at West Hoathly on the Sunday of the Giants of Steam gala.
- A final reminder that there are no trains operating on the Bluebell this weekend due to planned engineering work. Our stations, including the locomotive shed, museum, shop and restaurant at Sheffield Park, remain open this weekend.
- We have over 270 people registered to take part in Saturday's Track Trek, which takes advantage of the absence of trains on the line. If you'd like to support our appeals, please sponsor our chairmen, or other walkers
- We have now raised over £20,000 through EasyFundraising.
400 of the Bluebell's supporters, to whom many thanks are due, take part in this scheme, so it would be great to increase that number - it works by giving us a donation when you click through to purchase stuff online, so if you shop at Amazon, eBay, book Hotels, or compare/buy energy, insurance or DIY items, you could be raising money for us at no cost to yourself except one extra mouse click!
- Blog post: Pete's Favourite Things with photos and videos of the B12 at Giants.
- Derek Hayward's photo below shows the B12, No.8572, visiting from the North Norfolk Railway, north of Sloop Bridge on the Friday of Giants.
- The atmosphere of the steam shunt captured in another of Stuart Pay's photos from last week.
10 November: Note: No trains 12-13 Nov. - Temporary timetable 19, 20, 26 & 27 Nov.
- Stuart Pay's photo shows the Q-class shunting ballast wagons at Horsted Keynes last Thursday, alongside the new "No.5" point which was pre-assembled adjacent to the Ardingly Spur. During the course of the current two weeks of engineering work, this is being installed at the north end of Horsted Keynes, beyond Leamland Bridge, at what is known colloquially as "Leamland Junction".
- John Harwood's video is a brief tour around East Grinstead Station, which is open daily, even when trains aren't running. Free admission to travel centre, shop, buffet and toilets! Why not drop in for a cup of coffee whilst visiting Sainsbury's?
- Derek Hayward's photos below show:
- Visiting 8F No.48624 on the Friday of Giants, to the north of Sloop Bridge, with the SR-liveried set. These coaches should have been behind the S15, but a blown cylinder gland packing on the 8F meant that it dropped back one train, swapping with the S15, to allow time for the problem to be fixed.
- No.73082 "Camelot" is seen on the same day passing Horsted Keynes up 2nd advanced starting signal, getting ready to attack the 2 miles of 1-in-75, but at this point still observing the 5mph slack due to the ongoing (but temporarily paused) track-relaying exercise.
7 November: Note: No trains 12-13 Nov. - Temporary timetable 19, 20, 26 & 27 Nov.
- Derek Hayward's photo shows 8572 at Mill Place Cutting with the Goods train on Friday 28 October.
- Reminder that our Track Trek sponsored walk over the line is this coming Saturday 12 November. If you want to take part please sign up ASAP. If you are not able to take part, please do sponsor one of the other walkers - several more have created their own online sponsorship pages in the last few days.
- Further photos from Giants: Philip Bull's video
Owen Chapman's photos from the Sunday
Gary Smith's alternative video view of a trip up the line at the Gala.
- Martin Lawrence has completed his October album (which features the recently overhauled gas lighting at Sheffield Park) and started on that for November. He also has a short video of the two visiting engines at the Giants of Steam gala.
- Mike Anton's photo below shows the Q-class on shed. His 360-degree view of the cab interior of the H-class is rather fun - from it there are links to other 360-degree views he's created around the loco yard and shed. This view around the Atlantic Shed is particularly interesting.
- Richard Salmon's photo below shows that P-class 178 has had another trip up the line, which is very good to see. First thing on Saturday morning it hauled the Observation Car, which was used to convey a private visiting party.
- Due to a combination of factors, including planned engineering works to renew life expired permanent way at Horsted Keynes, and some other unexpected complications, the advertised service for November has been reduced. This is because we will be unable to satisfactorily accommodate all our trains there, pending completion of these works.
During that period trains will run to a modified Service 1 as on the right, providing a one train service.
For further information contact the Customer Service team on 01825 720800.
- As has always been planned, we are not operating trains on the weekend of 12/13 November.
This has enabled us to organise our Track Trek sponsored walk over the line on Sat 12 November. It's not too late to sign up, but please do so as soon as possible.
- Update with the current positions in the new season's Football Competition which is raising funds for the overhaul of our Southern Railway Maunsell Dining Saloon No.7864.
- Update on the Project 27 Blogspot, where original SECR paint has been uncovered.
- There is an updated Component Sponsorship List for the Brighton Atlantic Project. Do take a look if you fancy sponsoring part of our new locomotive. Gift Aid can be claimed on such sponsorship.
- Needless to say there is no shortage of photos and videos from last weekend's Giants of Steam gala with visiting engines the LNER B12 from the North Norfolk Railway and the 8F from the Great Central Railway, which went off extremely will, in spite of a couple of minor glitches, one with each of the visiting locomotives.
Photos and videos are available from:
- Derek Hayward
- Mike Anton
- Video from the first day by "The Southerner"
- Matt Nightingale's album covering all three days of the gala.
- Dave Bowles
- Ashley Smith's video and photos
- Joe Light Railway's video
- John Harwood's video, including aerial views which conform to our restrictions on the use of drones.
- Videos divided into Part 1 and part 2 from Bluebell-Railway Hawks
- James Batcheler's video from Friday and Sunday
- Daniel Gosling's video
- Chris Ward's video and photos
- Ben Jenden
- During October 2016 there were 53,476 total hits on this page, from 32,195 unique visitors.
- The choice of photos of Giants of Steam to feature is vast, so here's an initial selection.
The first, from Peter Edwards, shows the B12 leaving Ardingly branch with a goods working, the very first train of the event on Friday 28 October.
Derek Hayward's photo shows the S15 on Freshfield Bank the same day.
- Steve Lee's photo shows some of the vintage buses which provided a free service from Brighton to Sheffield Park on Sunday 30 October. 1966-built Eastbourne Corporation Leyland Titan PD2A No.72 is seen alongside 1962-built Brighton Corporation No.23, a Leyland Titan PD2 with Weymann Orion forward entrance/front staircase bodywork.
- The final photo for now is the 8F leaving the tunnel, by Andrew Crampton on Friday 28 October.
3rd November: Planned Power Cut - UK Power Networks plan to cut power at Sheffield Park from 8.30 to 4.30pm. However they hope to be quick and cause as little inconvenience as possible. It means the phone lines may not be operating for a time, and there will be no catering facilities, as the Bessemer Arms will not be open either.
- See below for this week's timetable.
- Half Term Special Offer: Kids for a Quid daily until Thursday.
- Pleased to report that our phone lines at Sheffield Park were re-connected this evening. The main visitor-facing web site will be updated tomorrow.
- Brian Lacey's photo shows the Maunsell Q-class No.30541 arriving at Horsted Keynes with the 12:20 service from Sheffield Park today.
24 October - See below for this week's timetable changes
- Derek Hayward's photo from yesterday shows the visiting B12 No.8572 in light steam on shed at Sheffield Park. Derek has just uploaded photos from the weekend to his 2016 Gallery.
- With our other visitor, 8F No.48624, and 3-4 locos from our home fleet, running an intensive 4-train service, with goods trains to begin and end the days on Friday and Sunday, everything is in place for the 3-day Giants of Steam gala which starts on Friday. You can download the Timetable here.
- Details are also available to download for the free vintage bus service which we are running on Sunday. Please note the slightly revised timetable (15:30 Brighton to Sheffield Park is retimed to 15:15, to fit better with the train service).
- Please note that the catering details, particularly with respect to the timing of the Pullman Trains, currently shown in the Catering Information on the Giants of Steam web page is subject to various changes. Unfortunately, because of the lack of phone and internet connection at Sheffield Park at present, we are unable to update this information. The Pullmans are running in Set D in the timetables here, and are available to first-class ticket holders for an at-seat dining service. For 3rd class ticket holders, a dining service and Harvey's Real Ale Bar are available in Set A. A Buffet/Bar is also available on Set C.
- Half Term Special Offer: Kids for a Quid. Trains running to the Modified Timetable below, daily until Thursday 27 October.
- Derek Hayward has added 20 new images to his gallery covering the Leamland Bridge works. Double track working has now resumed, and the engineering works will now not resume until November, with the No.5 points replaced over the period when we are advertising no trains - note particularly that there are no trains advertised for the weekend of 12/13 November, which is enabling you to walk the entire line as part of the 2016 Track Trek. His photo below shows Q-class No.30541 with Pullman Luncheon Train at Leamland Bridge yesterday, showing the two relaid sections of line at this point.
- Talking of the Track Trek, there's a new page listing all those who've set up pages on BT MyDonate and JustGiving, including assorted chairmen, vice chairs and finance directors... and even a web site editor.
So please do sponsor us, or even better, register to take part.
- Peter Edwards' photo below reminds us that Giants of Steam is not just about the two visiting engines. One of our resident "giants", Southern Railway S15 No.847 is seen at Three Arch Bridge on Saturday.
- The final photo, from 10 October taken by John Goss, shows Anthony Mallinson unveiling the smokebox numberplate from ex-LSWR T9 No.30724 which he has presented to the Bluebell Museum in memory of his father, Graham.
22 October - See below for our Temporary timetable changes
- We regret that the Railway is currently unable to access external phone and Internet connections. We are sorry for any inconvenience, but the fault is sadly beyond our control.
- Saturday 22 to Thursday 27 October: Kids for a Quid Special Offer. Trains running to a Temporary Timetables
- We are very pleased to announce that, joining the visiting B12 for Giants of Steam (Fri 28 - Sun 30 October), will be the only surviving LMS 8F from those assembled in the Southern Railway's works at Ashford, No.48624, which is now based on the Great Central Railway. This locomotive replaces 70013, which at short notice has become unavailable.
Up to 6 locomotives in steam - Facebook event - Timetable download - Free Vintage Bus (Sunday)
No.48624 is seen here in Dave Bowles' photo from January 2015, just after it had been repainted black.
- We are currently advertising the following important Volunteer positions:
We are also advertising three full-time posts for boiler and machining work in the Locomotive Department.
- Commercial Director
- Rolling Stock Director
- Project Manager - OP4
The Bluebell Railway Trust is curently seeking a Trustee.
- Bulleid Society News update covering progress with the overhaul their carriage No.5768.
- Updates on the Project 27 Blogspot: Overhaul of the steam reverser, an update on that and some great cad drawings for new buffers.
- Derek Hayward has 32 new photos of trackwork at Leamland, where the loop line has now been re-instated, and the main line (on the eastern side) lifted. Our services are therefore currently using platform 2 at Horsted Keynes. The full track layout will be available again for Giants of Steam at the end of the month, and then, over the following couple of weeks, the new point will be installed, involving the closure of the line on 12/13 November,
Derek has also added photos of recent activities around the railway, including last weekend's Scammell meet, to his 2016 album.
- Major update to the web page for Stroudley 4-wheel Third No.328 which is under restoration in the carriage works, with thanks to Ian White and Sheina Foulkes. You can follow progress on the carriage on Dave Clarke's Flickr site..
10 October - See below for our Temporary timetable changes
- Steve Lee's photo shows the C-class arriving at Horsted Keynes with the Sunday Luncheon Golden Arrow Pullman service yesterday. Note the ballast stockpile ready for the present engineering work to replace the Leamland points, and for the forthcoming relaying of 27 chains of track on our main line, and also the track through Platforms 2-3, both scheduled for early next year.
- Note: Autumn Tints continue on Weekdays until 21 October, to an amended timetable.
- The Commercial Department is looking for volunteer assistance in our sales offices at Sheffield Park and East Grinstead.
- Update to Who's Who page with changes to Bluebell Railway PLC directors following the PLC AGM over the summer, and a recent Board meeting.
- Brian Lacey's photo below shows SECR P-class No.323 at West Hoathly with an Autumn Tints special with the LNWR Obaservation Car on Tuesday last week.
- Steve Lee's photo shows 'Camelot' as it prepares to haul last Sunday's Golden Arrow Luncheon service.
- The Railway's C&W Department is advertising the following vacancies:
- Carriage & Wagon Fitter, Maintenance
- Pullman Car Restoration Team Leader
- Pullman Car Restoration Fitter
- Pullman Car Restoration Coachbuilder
The first two are continuing full-time roles, whilst the posts related to the forthcoming overhaul of Pullman Car No.54 are for 3 year fixed contracts.
- The volunteer Principal Designer (CDM regulations 2015) position for the ASH project is also still being advertised.
- Some of Dave Clarke's recent photos illustrate the current state of Pullman Brake, Car 54, for which the majority of the project funding is now in place.
- News of frame welding repairs to SECR P-class No.27 on the Project 27 Blog.
- Last Sunday's e-Newsletter with news of current track relaying projects, grant-funded work to improve the picnic area at Sheffield Park, and a full report on the Haywards Heath 175 celebrations.
- The latest newsletter from the Standard Class 2 No.84030 project has now been published on this web site - this new/rebuild project is now close to re-wheeling.
- What will sadly probably be John Sandys' last regular photo update with three SECR locomotives seen in steam.
- Derek Hayward's gallery from last Sunday's Vintage Bus Day is now available. His photo below from the C&W Workshop shows Bulleid CK No.5768 with its roof canvas in place, and priming and filling of the bodyside well advanced, along with Stroudley Third No.328, where the first of the partitions has now been fitted - unusually the tongued & grooved partition boards are divided by a horizontal rail at the top of the seat-back.
- The second photo, by Andrew Crampton, shows 73965 and 73964 approaching Sharpthorne Tunnel with last Tuesday's train bringing in 900 tonnes of ballast for the track relaying taking place over the coming few months.
The photos below, from Derek Hayward, show three of the buses at Sheffield Park last Sunday for the Vintage Bus Day. They are: Eastbourne 73 (BJK 673D), a 1966 Leyland Titan PD2; Southdown 277 (BUF 277C), a 1965 Leyland PD3/4; Maidstone & District 5138 (WKO 138S), a 1978 Bristol VRT/SL3/ECW, and in the second, LT RF 368 (MXX 10), a 1952 AEC Regal IV.
Temporary Timetable Changes
- Due to a combination of factors, including planned engineering works to renew life expired permanent way at Horsted Keynes, and some other unexpected complications, the advertised service for the period shown below has been reduced. This is because we will be unable to satisfactorily accommodate all the planned trains at Horsted Keyens, pending completion of these works.
During the weekends 8/9, 15/16, 22/23 October along with 5/6, 19/20 and 26/27 November trains will run to a modified Service 1, providing a one train service. Timetables for the affected weekends in October are below.
Autumn Tints continue on Weekdays until 21 October, to an amended timetable.
For the October schools' half term period, a modified service 2 will run as below, allowing trains to pass at Horsted Keynes, although journey times between Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes will also be extended by about 5 minutes.
The Giants of Steam event will run to a special, 4 train, service as the planned works can be suspended to allow that event to take place. Our Santa season in December will also run to the usual special timetable.
For further information see www.bluebell-railway.com or contact the Customer Service team on 01825 720800.
We understand that this late alteration to our services may disappoint some visitors, but we hope that you will nonetheless enjoy your visit.
- Brian Lacey's photo shows P-class No.323 with the 1913-built observation car at East Grinstead yesterday on one of the Autumn Tints specials, which continue on weekdays over the next couple of weeks. Phone 01825 720800 to book.
- Giants of Steam is Friday 28 to Sunday 30 October. More information in the Facebook event for the Gala.
Phone 01825 720800 for discounted advance ticket purchases. We hope to have a timetable available soon.
The photo below is of our second planned visiting locomotive, No.70013 Oliver Cromwell. The photo is by D Rawlings (CC BY 2.5, Own work).
Details are available of catering arrangements for the Giants of Steam event.
- Update to the page for locos which were formerly based on the Bluebell, in particular with an updated photo and information about No.4 'Townsend Hook', which has recently been cosmetically restored at Amberley Museum.
- Some 360-degree panoramas from Mike Anton, at Kingscote Station: Two inside Kingscote signalbox showing the Westinghouse L-frame, one showing U-class No.1638 there, and walkers signing in for the 2015 Track Trek. Don't forget to sign up now to participate in our 2016 Track Trek, which takes place next month.
- Steve Lee's photo below from Sunday's Vintage Bus Day shows the only survivor of ten Beadle-bodied Leyland Titan PD2/12s. RUF 186 entered service with Southdown Motor Services in December 1956.
- Derek Hayward's photo below shows S15 No.847 setting off from Horsted Keynes on Sunday, whilst No.73082 'Camelot' sits in plaform 2 with the lunchtime Golden Arrow dining train. Derek has further photos showing progress with track relaying at Leamland Bridge.
- Derek Hayward's photo shows the C-class with the Wealden Rambler North of Caseford Bridge on 24 September.
- Today is our Vintage Bus Day - download timetables.
- We were featured heavily on BBC1 in the South-East on Wednesday evening in Railways: The Making of a Nation, which is Now available on iPlayer. The entire series is now going out on BBC4 on Thursday evenings.
- The confirmed locomotive visiting for Giants of Steam 2016 is the LNER B12 as seen in the photo below courtesy of Leigh Caudwell / M&GN Joint Railway Society. It remains our intention to have a second visiting locomotive in the line up and as things presently stand our hopes are that it will be "Britannia" BR Class 7 No.70013 "Oliver Cromwell", although final confirmation is still awaited. Phone 01825 720800 for discounted advance ticket purchases.
- Derek Hayward has two recent updates - Engineering work in progress at Leamland Bridge, and Progress with drainage work in the OP4 carriage shed.
- John Sandys' album from Thursday - a busy day on the railway, with two large engines in steam, and the ballast delivery to unload which had been delayed, having arrived rather later on Wednesday than planned. Also, his album from Thursday 22nd, when we again had two locos in steam, Camelot on the service train and the H-Class shunting.
- Martin Lawrence supplies a short video clip of the arrival, shunt and unloading of Monday's ballast train, and also some photos in his September gallery.
He also has completed a video compilation from around the Railway during May, June, July and August, which includes footage taken during the Southern At War and Vintage Transport weekends, with loco's including Nos. B473, 847 & 592. The ending includes his own personal tribute to the late Colin Packham.
- Update to the Locomotive Duty Roster, with expected locomotive use for September.
- During September 2016 there were 44,934 total hits on this page, from 26,765 unique visitors.
- 73082 'Camelot' is seen in the second photo below with the second train of the day on Wednesday at East Grinstead, in Brian Lacey's photo. Following a period running in as-built condition, the locomotive now carries its nameplates.
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