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- Brian Lacey's photo from Saturday shows two of four locos running that day - the C-class No.592 was hauling the vintage service set, and H-class No.263 was on a Wealden Rambler afternoon tea train. The S15 was on the Corridor set, and 'Camelot' was looking after a Golden Arrow wedding charter.
- Giants of Steam this year is over three days. An intensive timetable will operate, and along with visiting engine, the M&GN Society's LNER 'B12' from the North Norfolk Railway, the Railway's own engines No.73082 'Camelot', Q-class No.30541 and S15-class No.847 will be on duty. See the facebook event or the website event for more details. Buy tickets in advance to save £££! We are still hoping to add a further visiting engine as well.
- On our Vacancies page are currently advertising for a Volunteer CDM Dutyholder for the ASH Project.
- Reminder that on 30 September we are offering a Driving & firing experience day on 73082 'Camelot'.
- Update from last week on Project 27.
- Now available to download: 2017 details for the Murder Mystery evenings on the Golden Arrow. Details remain available for the rest of 2016.
- Video from Nick Dearden which pieces together a round trip of the line with 73082.
- First report 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.
- Photos and a video from Martin Lawrence covering the 175th Anniversary of the Railway coming to Haywards Heath, which featured in particular 'Stepney' being displayed in the town, and Hastings Diesels providing a shuttle to Ardingly, including the photo below.
- John Harwood's video from the weekend, with the Hastings Diesel unit running on the Ardingly branch, and a video from today, featuring Camelot at Kingscote and on the viaduct.
- John Sandys' albums from Monday 12 September, from last Thursday and from Monday and yesterday, showing amongst other things, 178 undergoing a steam test, 592 shunting goods vehicles, and 847 and 73082 on service trains. The albums also document the start of track-renewal work to the North of Horsted Keynes.
- Ben Jenden's photos from Saturday.
- Brian Lacey's photo below shows the H-class with LBSCR First-class carriage No.7598 as it departs from Sheffield Park on Tuesday 30 September.
- Lots of news in the latest edition of our e-Newsletter.
- We are featured in a recent Holiday Lettings article "Great Travel Experiences in the UK".
- Brian Lacey's photo on the right, taken yesterday, shows the S15, on the timetabled service train, bursting out of the tunnel. That below shows 73082 "Camelot" on a preliminary Driving Experience turn yesterday - a public Driving & Firing Experience day with this locomotive is available on 30 September.
- As part of this year's Autumn Tints specials, which run on Monday to Friday on 3-21 October, we have a new offer - Souper Steam, a train ride whilst enjoying a bowl of delicious warming Autumn soup in the Restaurant Car, on the 12.20 departure from Sheffield Park, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 3 & 20 October.
The Trains for the coming week page is updated weekly, with detailed information for visiting enthusiasts - but please note that notification of a train or service on that page does not necessarily imply that it is available to the public - all public services are listed in the Timetable.
Note: Throughout this site many of the photos are presented as small versions which can be clicked on to access the full-size image.
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- Loco Works News: updates on the Brighton Atlantic project, No.73082 "Camelot", the Bulleid Society on 34059 and 21C123, for SECR P-class No.27 - see also the Project 27 Blog, on Schools No.928 "Stowe", from the Loco Works Working Group on SR Q-class No.541 and from the Standard Class 2 project
- Infrastructure News page - Completion of work on the historic "River Slip" and more track relaid on Freshfield Bank
- Operation Undercover - Phase 4: Horsted Keynes - Carriage Shed Extension
Beyond Phase 3: Above Workshop Facility fit-out
- Carriage & Wagon Works News - repair of SR 8-plank wagon No.30004, Overhaul of Bulleid Carriage, No.5768 on the Bulleid Society web site, various photos from Dave Clarke, and an update on the restoration of GWR 5-plank open wagon No.87782
- The Horsted Keynes Re-signalling
- Kingscote Goods Yard Project
- Archive news from the Bluebell June 1995 to December 2006
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- John Sandys' photo shows the H-class with the lunchtime Golden Arrow Pullman Dining train on Bank Holiday Monday. In the background can be seen our LBSCR Milk Van and SR Milk Tank.
- We are offering a choice of different options for this year's Autumn Tints specials, which run on Monday to Friday on 3-21 October:
More information on these specials, including ticket booking, is available here.
- Special return trips in the 1950s Lounge cars "Ashdown," "Chelwood," and "Balcombe."
- Watch the scenery from the ever-popular 1913 Observation Car (pre-booking is essential!)
- "Souper" steam / Steam & Cream: Autumn-vegetable soup at lunchtime or afternoon cream tea - Monday through Thursday.
- Autumn Tints two-train service runs Monday through Friday (steam hauled) - timetable.
- We are operating our normal Service Two Timetable each weekend (no pre-booking required for scheduled services).
- Entry is now open for our Make it Snappy... photo competition - closes 31 October.
- John Sandys' photos from today show the S15 on the service train, "Camelot" on private Footplate Experience runs, and the Q-class loaded for transport to the Nene Valley Railway's forthcoming Gala (as also seen below), as well as recent arrivals in stock in our shop.
- Reminder that there's a vintage goods train running this Saturday morning, 10 September. The timetable for this should be available later this week.
- Online booking is now open (third-class tickets only online) for our Santa Specials from Sheffield Park, which run on 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 23 & 24 December - Telephone booking opens on 3 October.
- David Jones' photo below shows Pullman Car No.54 in the carriage works for inspection to enable detailed planning for its forthcoming overhaul. Further details are available in the latest edition of our e-Newsletter.
- Brian Lacey's photo shows the SECR H-class and LBSCR Carriage 7598 at Sheffield Park on Tuesday this week. His photo below shows the Q-class approaching Horsted Keynes the same day. Also at the bottom of today's update is his photo showing the chassis and wheels of SECR O1-class No.65 in the workshop, with 80151's wheels in foreground.
- An update on the Project 27 Blog. The dismantling of SECR P-class No.27 is complete. From now on it's "just" a question of restoration of those parts which are in good condition, making new parts to replace those which are not, and putting it all back together! Funding to cast and complete the new cylinder block is currently being sought.
- Jon Horrocks provides an album from 24 August, the day we hosted the Nine Elmes Enginemen reunion.
- Martin Lawrence has uploaded the final pics to his August gallery.
- Photos by John Kortland, who had a super day on the railway on Wednesday.
- Further photos from Derek Hayward showing drainage work progressing in the Carriage Shed Extension at Horsted Keynes, and an update to his Bluebell 2016 gallery, showing service trains on 26 August, Punch and Judy at Horsted Keynes, and extensive images of the Elephant Van.
- Lionel Callow visited the Bluebell last week, and has a great selection of photos on his blog page.
- John Sandys' album from Sunday and Monday 22-23 August: A wreath was carried on the Q-Class for Colin Packham. John's photo below shows the Q with its vintage train in the platform at Sheffield Park on the Sunday. John also provides galleries from Monday and Tuesday this week.
- Update to the Locomotive Duty Roster, with expected locomotive use for September.
- Coming on top of the recent deaths David Wallis (former Signalman and Signalman's Inspector) and Simon Brown (whose funeral was held at Kingscote last Friday, and for whom a memorial train was run on Monday evening), we also sadly must record the passing of Shirley Owen (wife of the late Jack Owen, our first Loco driver), Bluebell steam and diesel driver Colin Packham (who was also a resident of the station cottages at Horsted Keynes), Clifford Avery (who was effectively Sheffield Park's caretaker in the 1970s/80s), and Barbara Polhill (volunteer on the buffet cars and Halloween Witch, and more recently working on the Victorian events and on the catering staff on the Wealden Rambler).
- Below is Robert Hayward's photo showing the memorial stone for Bernard Holden, installed in our Garden of Remembrance on Sunday, with a ceremony, attended by 70 people, conducted by our Chaplain, Father John, who is seen with Bernard's daughter and two of his grandchildren.
- During August 2016 there were 46,948 total hits on this page, from 28,144 unique visitors.
- Update on progress with boiler-work on the Brighton Atlantic project from Fred Bailey, including this photo on the right showing one of the few modifications required to make the GNR boiler fit a Brighton Atlantic, in terms of the way the smokebox is attached to the boiler - the full explanation is included in the news report.
- News update on Operation Undercover Phase 4: Horsted Keynes Carriage Shed Extension.
- News update from the Bulleid Society with photos of the boiler from No.34059 "Sir Archibald Sinclair" at the South Devon Railway for the fitting of its new inner firebox, and also work on their Bulleid carriage, No.5768.
- Derek Hayward provides the photo below, showing drainage work, which is being carried out by volunteers, in the Carriage Shed Extension at Horsted Keynes. It is part of an update to his C&W Department Gallery.
Derek also now has a gallery for Sweetheart Swing's appearance at our Vintage Transport Weekend, where they were ably assisted by the Traction Engine Dancers.
- A few pictures from Keith Duke taken yesterday afternoon showing the Q and the S15 on the service trains (including that below), and also John Sandys' photos from yesterday.
- Brian Lacey's photo shows the Maunsell Q-class on the vintage set with the 3.25pm arrival at East Grinstead on Wednesday. The Q is in Bluebell service for the next couple of weeks and will then be appearing at the Nene Valley Railway's September Steam Gala.
- Our Accessible Steam Heritage (ASH) appeal is 80% of the way to its target. This project will enable us to present our locomotive fleet to our visitors in a much better way than we presently are able to, and also covers re-roofing of the existing locomotive shed, and construction of a large covered running-maintenance facility. We will shortly be submitting the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Round 2 grant application, and every donation made counts as an indication of the strength of support for the project, so please do donate here by 22nd August, the deadline for donor figures to be included in the application. For more information please see the Appeal Video.
- This weekend, being the third of the month, would normally see the GNR Directors' Saloon in operation. However this month, for a combination of reasons, it will instead be running in public service over the three days of the Bank Holiday weekend. Travel on the saloon just requires the purchase of a first class ticket, or an upgrade on the train. Tea, coffee, drinks and a range of light refreshments (toasted tea-cakes, scones or cakes) are available on the saloon.
- John Sandys' photos from a lovely sunny day on Monday, with 73082 and 30541 on the trains, and from Tuesday, including drainage work progressing for the new carriage shed at Horsted Keynes.
- Nick Dearden has completed this video covering Spring and Summer 2016 on the Bluebell, including an unusual albino squirrel.
- There is an updated Component Sponsorship List for the Brighton Atlantic Project, adding 20 new items, mainly firehole door components, and removing those items sponsored recently. Do take a look if you fancy sponsoring part of our new locomotive. Gift Aid can be claimed on such sponsorship.
- Chris Eden-Green's "Steam Locos In Profile" SOLE SLIP on our Dukedog locomotive.
- Derek Hayward's photo below shows the C-class with the Vintage Goods Train run on 6 August. The next one is due to run on Saturday 10 September. He now just over 100 images of the Vintage Transport Weekend available, spread over 3 pages, including photos of the winning entries on the first page. Sweetheart Swing performed on Sunday, and photos of them at the event will appear shortly.
- 73082, which will be regaining its "Camelot" name plates this weekend, is seen in Paul Furlong's photo below heading last Saturday's Golden Arrow dining train at Freshfield.
- At 11am yesterday morning the railway came to a halt for a minute's silence in memory of Simon Brown. Derek Hayward's photo was taken at Sheffield Park immediately prior to the start of the silence.
- Our Vintage Transport Weekend continues today, with our Service Two Timetable in operation. Richard Salmon's photos below show some of the traction engines, steam rollers, a steam lorry, vintage motorcycles and cars taking part yesterday.
- Today is also one of our regular "Find Out More" days - if you fancy getting involved as a volunteer, turn up at 10.30am at Sheffield Park station on the second Sunday of any month. We are currently particularly short of station staff at East Grinstead station, although we are looking for volunteers all across the railway.
- If you are looking for paid employment locally, we are short of catering staff this summer.
- Martin Lawrence has made a start to his August gallery including photos of the goods train run with the SECR C-class.
- Both our locomotives this week have carried wreaths to remember the life of Simon Brown, which was tragically cut short last Sunday.
Simon had been a volunteer at the Railway from his early teens where he was to be seen as part of the Station Staff at Kingscote. He went on to be actively involved in the Santa Services, Fish and Chip trains and a stalwart of the Rail Ale Train team. Always enthusiastic, helpful and polite he was a pleasure to be with and always a reliable source of humour, support and confectionary. His involvement at the Railway also included his help with the running, managing and at times maintenance of the Great Northern Railway Directors' Saloon, for which his smartly turned out appearance as a steward would always attract the customers.
He will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege to know him - a tragic end to such a young life. A minute's silence will be observed on the Railway at 11am tomorrow.
Our thoughts are with his family and close friends to whom we at the Bluebell Railway extend our deepest sympathies and condolences.
The photos (by Andy Kelly, right, and John Sandys, below) show 73082 and H-class 263 with their wreaths this week.
Derek Hayward's photo below shows Simon at Kingscote Station with a Victorian Christmas train in 2008, sporting an unusual addition to his uniform.
- This weekend is our Vintage Transport Weekend, when again trains will run to our Service Two Timetable, with a minor modification so that the minute's silence can be observed tomorrow by the trains at Sheffield Park and East Grinstead.
- The Bluebell Railway's new Driving & Firing Experience launches on 30 September. Full Steam Ahead is your chance to drive and fire BR 5MT No.73082 'Camelot' over the length of the line.
With a view to rolling out a series of such days in 2017, we are initially offering just one day this year.
The train will be formed of 4 carriages for the exclusive use of the participants, who can also invite up to 6 guests each.
It will be a full day starting at Sheffield Park at 8.30am and finishing there just after 5.00 pm.
That special birthday wish, retirement present, corporate team building exercise, or just the chance for a dream to come true - this could be answer.
Please see more details here or call our Sales Office on 01825 720800.
- Update on Project 27 with photo report from Matt Holloway describing what he and Ben got up to over last weekend.
- Great photo-blog of an enjoyable evening on the Golden Arrow.
- Martin Lawrence's video of action from April.
- Video from Philip Bull shot on the weekend of the Sussex Food Festival.
- John Harwood's video from Tuesday this week (note - the drone filming complies with our requirements).
- John Sandys' albums from Monday 8 August, from Tuesday, in memory of Simon, and from Thursday cover well what's been happening around the railway this week.
- Derek Hayward has added just over 60 images from the Toy and Rail Collectors Fair weekend, including the photos here showing H-class No.263 approaching New Road Bridge on the Saturday. The photos below show the new end-doors now on the Elephant Van, and the BR Standard 2MT 84030 project stand, a car-boot stall, and a stand in the marquee at the Collectors Fair, also all from last Saturday. He has also updated his gallery featuring the development of the new carriage shed at Horsted Keynes, where volunteers have started work on installing the drainage.
- We have now been notified of an additional vintage goods train running this Saturday, 6 August, to this timetable.
- This weekend, 6-7 August, we have Seaside Weekend, when again trains will run to our Service Two Timetable, as they will daily for the rest of the Summer holidays.
- We featured heavily in the second episode of the BBC2 series "Full Steam Ahead", and will again later in the series. This episode is available on iPlayer for a few more weeks. We also had a mention towards the end of a repeat of last year's BBC1 "Escape to the Country", which is also therefore available again on iPlayer; this has resulted in a few donations to our Fundraising Appeals.
- Update to the Locomotive Duty Roster, with expected locomotive use for August.
- John Sandys' albums from Monday and Thursday, both covering days with three locos in steam.
- Martin Lawrence has completed his July album.
- Two photographic updates on Schools-class "Stowe. Firstly the firebox and new copper half sides have been sent away for welding off site, where they will be reunited with the doorplate and tubeplate. The firebox will then be returned to Sheffield Park as a complete unit ready for fitting. Yesterday the MLS provided two photos of work to install the new throatplate.
- During July 2016 there were 45,968 total hits on this page, from 28,125 unique visitors.
- This photo from Keith Duke's album shows the H-class with the vintage goods train last Saturday. The Vintage Goods train is next scheduled to run on Saturday 10 September.
- We're building up today to our Toy & Rail Collectors Fair this weekend at Horsted Keynes Station. We are running our peak Service Two Timetable.
- To celebrate five years of trading from the ex-Isfield building at Sheffield Park, the Bulleid Society's shop will be holding a big cut price book sale this weekend. So why not come along after you have visited the collectors fair at Horsted Keynes and see what they have? There will be a large selection of second hand books with prices from as little as £1.00, these prices are for this weekend only, so don't miss out!! A large collection of Middleton Press books, a recent addition to stock, will be on sale, and along with all their usual stock of books, there will also be some railwayana to tempt you. All our other ranges will be available, including framed prints, model railway items and a large selection of souvenirs and postcards. You can find the Bulleid Shop on Platform 2 at Sheffield Park, open from 10.00 until 18.00 on both days. Come and have a ride from Horsted Keynes to Sheffield Park and see what you can find, you might be surprised!
- Looking forward to 6-7 August, we have Seaside Weekend, when again trains will run to our Service Two Timetable. Our Paddock at Horsted Keynes will be transformed into a sandy beach, with Donkey Rides, Punch and Judy Shows and an end of Pier Show of Humour and Song. We will be running our Kids for a Quid offer so all children 3 - 15 years will travel at just £1 on all services all day!
- Brian Lacey's photos below were also taken last Saturday, and show the token exchange on the approach to Horsted Keynes, the temporary signalling arrangement (a mixture of colour lights and mechanical shunts) whilst the Sheffield Park Inner Home bracket signal is dismantled for the replacement of some timbers, and the S15 pausing at Horsted Keynes.
- John Sandys' photo from Tuesday 19 July shows the S15 on the service train and 73082, on the 10-coach special for the war veterans visit that day, at Kingscote.
- This coming weekend is our big Toy & Rail Collectors Fair at Horsted Keynes Station - there will be a huge range of stalls selling a vast array of different items, on the station and in the marquee in the field.
- Last Saturday the H-class did a trip with the vintage goods train in the morning, before hauling the Wealden Rambler afternoon tea train.
Photos from Saturday are available from:
- Photos from a 75H photo charter, organised by Jon Bowers, featuring SECR C-class No.592, from Dave Bowles, starting with this one - click on the '>' to see the others. The locomotive is in the last year of its current boiler certificate, and is running on a restricted basis due to its tyres being close to scrapping size. At its next overhaul it will receive a new cylinder block, new tyres, and an almost new copper firebox.
- John Sandys' photos from last Thursday, show the S15 on the service trains, the H-class shunting, the O1 and 80151 in the workshop, and new stock in the shop including the Bluebell's 2017 calendar. His photos from this Monday include the Green Line bus, CRL4, which conveyed guests celebrating Fred Ivey's 90th Birthday. Fred worked for London Transport until retiring in 1991, and is now a volunteer both on the Bluebell and at the LT Museum.
- "The Line to the Stars" is the first book published by the Bluebell Railway for many years. Written by Heidi Mowforth, it details the filming which has taken place on the line over more than 50 years, and is now available from our shop - ring 01825 720803 to order a copy.
- Brian Lacey's photos below from Monday show the H-class arriving at East Grinstead with its vintage train, which currently forms the first train of our peak summer two-train service.
- Join us for Track Trek 2016, our sponsored walk of the line, on Saturday 12 November.
There's a choice of walking the entire line (11 miles) or a shorter 5-mile option, with a free bus back to your starting location. Full details, including of how to register, a sponsorship form you can print out, and on-line fundraising via BT MyDonate and JustGiving, are available on the event's web page.
Note: The charges and deductions are much lower on BT MyDonate, so if you use them for your page, much more of your donors' gifts benefit the Railway.
As mentioned last week, The Bluebell Railway Trust has been forced by PayPal Giving Fund's revised policies to drop them as a fund-raising platform. We have now registered with BT MyDonate, and will monitor how this goes in the coming months, with the hope that we can then migrate completely to it due to its cost-effectiveness and low overheads as a fund-raising platform; for example we currently pay JustGiving a monthly fee for their facilities and there is none with BT MyDonate, and in addition, for a £10 donation, with Gift Aid, on BT MyDonate we will receive £12.37 whereas on JustGiving we'd only get £11.74. We will however continue to operate JustGiving alongside BT MyDonate for as long as we feel it is necessary to do so.
- The vintage goods train will run this Saturday morning, 23 July, to this timetable.
- We are currently advertising a vacancy for a Customer Services Assistant.
- John Sandys provides an album for Tuesday, when we were host to 150 veterans, on a trip organised by a London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled, including the photo shown below.
- Another two of Brian Lacey's photos from Saturday show No.73082 running round its train at East Grinstead and the C-class waiting to head the Wealden Rambler afternoon tea train out of Sheffield Park.
- Update and several photos from Saturday's Cricket Match on Scaynes Hill Cricket Club's pitch which adjoins the line at Freshfields, when a Bluebell Railway XI played their "friendly" team. It was a great social occasion, with an enjoyable BBQ afterwards! Martin Widdowson, the Bluebell's Finance Director, proved to be a handy bowler, achieved figures of 4 overs, 1 maiden, 2 wickets for 7 runs, but we could not prevent SHCC scoring 194-for-7. Whilst the Bluebell team, under captain Stuart Marks of the Loco Dept, could not match that, we bettered last year's score, with 109 all out in reply.
- This is the last week for the present of our Service 1 timetable; from Saturday it's Service 2 every day through to 4 September.
- Update on the Project 27 Blog covering continued work on stripping down the locomotive's frames. The project also now has a facebook page.
- Good coverage of recent filming work on the Bluebell in The East Grinstead Courier. In particular there's a BBC2 series, "Full Steam Ahead", which starts at 8pm this Thursday (repeated 4.30pm on Saturday). It appears we will feature in a subsequent episode, with sequences filmed in April and June.
- John Sandy's album from today, with the S15 on the service trains, and the flower beds at Kingscote looking superb.
- Martin Lawrence has added some more photos, including of the recreation of the original style of subway handrail at Kingscote, to his July gallery.
- Brian Lacey's photos below from Saturday show the SER O1-class No.65 dismantled in the locomotive works, and SECR P-class No.323 on shed, preparing for the following day's pilot duties while there's a crew swap for SR S15 No.847.
- John Sandys' photo on the right shows the S15 with the service train on Tuesday climbing the 1-in-55 towards Imberhorne Cutting. John's photos from that day are here, also including that below, showing a couple of the new Hornby models of the Adams Radial Tank in our shop.
- A reminder that the next runs of our vintage goods train will take place on Saturday 23 July.
- Derek Hayward has very substantially augmented his collection showing Horsted Keynes Signal Box. (Interior views taken with permission).
- PayPal Giving and eBay for Charity - we regret that due to changes made to their administrative processes, we are no longer able to collect online donations via the PayPal Giving Fund or through eBay for Charity.
This is in spite of efforts on our part to communicate our concerns with PayPal Giving, who appeared geared up for large charitable (trading) companies rather than smaller charities who just want to receive donations.
We continue to fundraise via JustGiving for the present, but since they have become relatively more expensive to fundraise through than other more recent platforms, we will be focusing our future online fundraising efforts through BT MyDonate, to be inaugurated shortly.
- The boiler for No.34059 "Sir Archibald Sinclair" has left Crewe and arrived at the South Devon Railway's engineering works where the new inner firebox is to be fabricated and fitted to the boiler shell.
- Entry forms are now available for the annual fund-raising Football Competition - you do not need to know anything about football to enter - just try to predict the Championship or FA Cup Final results! Funds are being raised through these competitions towards the forthcoming overhaul of our unique Southern Railway Maunsell Dining Saloon No.7864.
- John Harwood has produced a video shot at Kingscote & East Grinstead yesterday.
- Brian Lacey's photo below shows the C-class just departing from Sheffield Park with the vintage set on Saturday.
- Martin Lawrence's superb sunset photo shows the S15 ready to set off on the second evening departure of the Golden Arrow dining train on Saturday evening, and is part of his July gallery, which also includes a photo of the road-rail vehicle being used for weed-control.
- Trains will be running to our Service One timetable this week, and Service Two timetable at the weekend.
- The iconic inner home signal at Sheffield Park, constructed over 30 years ago, has been dismantled for refurbishment/repair. Entrance to Sheffield Park station is for the present therefore controlled by a temporary arrangement, with colour light main signals and mechanical calling on signals.
- The Bluebell Cricket Match against Scaynes Hill CC is confirmed for 1pm on Saturday 16 July at their Freshfields ground, adjoining the Bluebell. Our JustGiving page, shared 50/50 with Scaynes Hill, is closing in on £100. Bluebell supporters are encouraged to attend, and there will be a barbecue for £5 per person after the match at Scaynes Hill clubhouse. If you plan to attend as a supporter, please let us know, via the web site editor, Richard Salmon.
- Two further SMS-Refresh dates, for those staff and volunteers who have not yet attended one this year, are now available. They give you the opportunity to get to know our new General Manager, Gordon Owen.
- SuperTrainstationH, who visited us from the USA last year, has created a blog specifically about our LCDR carriage No.3360 (the People's Millions carriage).
- That carriage was in demand last night with several passengers using its wheel-chair facility to travel to the "Songs of Praise" evening at Kingscote. Richard Salmon's photos below show:
- Part of the assembled congregation for the event, which was led by Canon John Twisleton, our Chaplain and Rector of St Giles, Horsted Keynes, The Revd Paddy Macbain, Vicar of All Saints Danehill with Chelwood Gate & Rural Dean of the Uckfield Deanery, and The Revd David Howland, Curate of St Giles, and also a Chaplain to the Railway.
- The Bluebell's four Senior Station Masters, who all happened to be present - (from the left) Tim Baker (Horsted Keynes), Roy Watts (East Grinstead), Graham Aitken (Sheffield Park) & Richard Clark (Kingscote). Graham in the odd-one-out in his Guard's, rather than his Station Master's, uniform.
- The hymn singing was accompanied in appropriate style by the Bluebell Railway Band (they have posted a nice selection of photos here).
- The locomotive for the evening was the SECR C-class, seen waiting to leave Kingscote after the end of the service, with a 7-coach train formed of the SR Maunsells and the Victorian 4-wheelers.
- The S15 is on the service trains (Service One timetable this week), and is seen ready to leave Sheffield Park on Monday in Keith Duke's photo. Keith's photos below show the other two locos in steam on Monday, the C-class on a shunting turn, and No.323 with a special with the Great Northern Directors' Saloon. More of Keith's photos from Monday here.
- Trains will be running to our Service Two timetable at the weekend.
- To keep your children amused during your visit to the Bluebell over the summer holidays, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 25 July to 2 Sept we are hosting Punch & Judy Shows at Horsted Keynes.
- Report in the Crawley Observer of a recent charter train run on the Bluebell for more than 200 Cubs from Crawley District who celebrated the centenary of Cub Scouting in style with a hike, train ride and barbecue.
- John Sandys provides photos and videos from around the railway on Monday, a lovely Summer's day.
- Martin Lawrence has started his July gallery with some pics of the food fair. He also has a short video from the Model Railway Weekend showing some of the layouts.
- Derek Hayward provides two substantial galleries providing comprehensive coverage of the Model Railway Weekend and the Food and Drink Festival.
- Trevor Mould provides a video of the trains running on Sunday 2 July.
- Chris Thomas has a gallery of photos of our trains on the Saturday of the Model Railway event.
- Update, with thanks to Chris Majer and Peter Richards, to the Sheffield Park Signalling page, providing an update to the signalbox diagram. The page for Kingscote Signalling has similarly been updated, with the new diagram which covers the track up to and including East Grinstead. The sub-pages giving expanded views of both diagrams have also been updated.
- The final photo below, with thanks to the Talyllyn Railway, shows the gathering of all 5 UK-based Fletcher, Jennings locomotives which survive. Our own 1877-built "Captain Baxter" was reunited with 1880-built 3ft. 2 1/4 inch gauge "William Finlay" and "Townsend Hook" which were together at Dorking Greystone Lime Co. Ltd. (Betchworth) until 1960. Townsend Hook was the first locomotive to arrive at Sheffield Park, on 10 April 1960, leaving 2 years later.
- This photo of 73082 arriving at Horsted Keynes yesterday is from a collection of videos and photos by John Sandys.
- Are you coming to our Food and Drink Festival at Horsted Keynes this coming weekend?
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The timetable for the weekend will be our peak two-train Service 2 public timetable, with the pre-booked Wealden Rambler Afternoon Tea Train running both days as well.
- Update to the Sheffield Park Signalling page, with details of the long-section working which has now been implemented as an option when only one train is running, with thanks to Chris Majer and Peter Richards. There are further updates to come.
- Updates to various locomotive pages following the withdrawal from service of ex-LBSCR E4 No.B473 which now joins the overhaul queue; having had a virtually new outer firebox a couple of decades ago, it will need the sort of work on the inner firebox currently being undertaken on "Stowe".
- Martin Lawrence's photos from the Model Railway Weekend.
- The BBC's Mitch Mansfield visited us to feature our volunteers as part of BBC Sussex Helping Hands Day yesterday.
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