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B473 at Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 27 October 2014 14 November


B473 with Victorian carriages - Steve Lee - 8 November 2014 13 November
The Cash for Cover Appeal has reached an amazing 350,000 in just a month, enough to put up a roof capable of covering twenty vintage carriages. The incredible response has delighted not just myself, but also Society Chairman Roy Watts, Company Chairman Dick Fearn and C&W Director Lewis Nodes, who all wish to thank everyone who has contributed. The generosity of the 1,300 donors has been beyond all expectations.

This is a tremendous start to Operation Undercover 4, which is of course more than just a roof. A lot more than the current target is required for doors, walls, storage space etc., so this Appeal will remain in being in one form or another a while.

The message is, if you wish to support the project, please don't stop now the first target has been reached. A few people have started Standing Orders and many more would be welcome. Only the first year of standing order has been included in the reported sum raised, as we can only spend what we have in the bank or can expect in the next few months. A standing order form can be downloaded here. Donations can still be made online with Just Giving or by PayPal. The latter do not charge for administration, and the credit card fees are covered by PayPal themselves, so is the preferred method, but it easy to forget to complete the Gift Aid section, which comes after the donation has been made, so make sure you do if you wish us to claim back the tax you have paid.

The OU4 Project Steering Group meet on the 25 November to plan the work for 2015,so that is the next deadline for making donations. The Steering Group will make their plans on the sum raised to that date or promised for the immediate future.

Thank you again to all who have made donations or plan to do so


Bluebell receives The Chris Copsey Gold Award - 7 November 2014 B473 shunting the Pullman stock - Steve Lee - 8 November 2014 The pair of SECR Ps with the Wealden Rambler afternoon tea train - Steve Lee - 8 November 2014

B473 on photo charter approaching Horsted Keynes - Andrew Strongitharm - 6 November 2014 7 November
Evening shot of B473 on photo charter at Horsted Keynes - Andrew Strongitharm - 6 November 2014

E4 heads south from Horsted Keynes - Steve Lee - 1 November 2014 5 November
S15 approaching Kinsgcote - Steve Lee - 1 November 2014

S15 at Imberhorne Lane Bridge - John Sandys - 27 October 2014 4 November
E4 on departure from Kinsgcote - Steve Lee - 1 November 2014

S15 at Horsted House Farm - Charlie Ralph - 30 October 2014 31 October

80064 en route to Bluebell in 1984 - Bluebell Archive / Jim Lofts

B473 with LCDR carriages - Brian Lacey - 27 October 2014 30 October

S15 pleases a small gallery of photographers as it enters Hortsed Keynes - Brian Lacey - 25 Oct 2014 H-class in workshop - Brian Lacey - 27 Oct 2014 847 bursts out of the tunnel - Brian Lacey - 30 Oct 2014

178 with Autumn Tints at West Hoathly - Brian Lacey - 20 October 2014 23 October

323 with Autumn Tints Special at West Hoathly - Brian Lacey - 20 Oct 2014 1638 takes water - Brian Lacey - 18 Oct 2014 B473 and GN Saloon at Horsted - Brian Lacey - 18 Oct 2014 Ps with Pullman train - Steve Lee - 19 Oct 2014

Cash for Cover Appeal Video 11 October
Cash for Cover Appeal
and Double Donations Dash DDD125

The Bluebell Railway is justifiably renowned for its fantastic collection of vintage carriages. We still have over 20 pre-nationalisation carriages stored in the open - to conserve them for the future it is vital to get them under cover as soon as possible. The Cash for Cover Appeal aims to raise £350,000 to enable us to get a roof over those treasures as soon as possible, to prevent them deteriorating further.
Nicholas Owen's video explains the project in more detail.

Please donate here

The Cash For Cover Appeal is to raise money to make a substantial start on the Horsted Keynes Carriage Shed Extension, by constructing the shell and roof of the building. The overall project is known as Operation Undercover Phase 4.

The Double Donations Dash DDD125
If we can raise £125,000 by mid-November, our DDD125 Sponsors will match your donation pound for pound. If we can reach that target we can put a roof over half of the new shed. If we can subsequently raise another £100,000 then we will be able to complete the roof and put 20 carriages under cover!

Please Donate Here - your support is vital to this important project.

Matthew Cousin's drawing below shows what the shed should look like if we raise the full target. The long-term aim however is to add sides, doors, etc. Derek Hayward's photos, taken last Sunday, show the start that has been made on the foundations for the building, with work also required on drainage and services for the existing building. This is being funded from earlier fund-raising within the Carriage & Wagon department, and secures the planning permission we obtained for the project 3 years ago.


Proposed shed - with roof only - Matthew Cousins Work on services and foundations in carriage yard - Derek Hayward - 5 October 2014 Work on foundations for carriage shed extension - Derek Hayward - 5 October 2014

Pathfinder tour at Kingscote - Tony Sullivan - 9 October 2014 9 October

847 with ECS appraching Kingscote - Tony Sullivan - 9 Oct 2014 Guy Arab on free bus service to the Bluebell - Nick Talbot - 5 Oct 2014 E4 with Victorian caoches at Leamland - Derek Hayward - 5 Oct 2014

Braunton at West Hoathly - Andrew Crampton - 2 October 2014 4 October

Braunton at Lingfield - Andrew Crampton - 2 Oct 2014 S15 trailing at West Hoathly - Andrew Crampton - 2 Oct 2014 47237 passing Hurst Green Junction - Andrew Crampton - 2 Oct 2014 Braunton at Redhill - Andrew Crampton - 2 Oct 2014

Braunton heads the Bluebell coaches south from Kingscote - Derek Hayward - 2 October 2014 3 October

S15 with special train at Mill Place Cutting - Derek Hayward - 2 Oct 2014 Braunton brings its tour into Kingscote - Tony Sullivan - 2 Oct 2014 323 on Autumn Tints service at Black Hut - Steve Lee - 2 Oct 2014 Railtour leaves the Bluebell at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 2 Oct 2014

Braunton arrives at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 2 October 2014 2 October

Braunton arrives at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 2 Oct 2014 Bluebell pilot-man on board Braunton at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 2 Oct 2014 Bluebell on Autumn Tints service at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 2 Oct 2014

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