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Archive 2015


Please be aware that due to the historical nature of this page, some of the links on it may be out of date.

The Current What's New page contains all the recent update information.

Also see the 2014, the 2013, the 2012, the 2011, the 2010, the 2009, the 2008, the 2007, the 2006, the 2005, the 2004, the 2003, the 2002, the 2001, the 2000, the 1999 and the 1997-8 "What was new" archive pages.


Blog and Web-site Update Archive 2015

C-class waiting to leave Horsted Keynes - Steve Lee - 25 July 2015 31 July

H-class departs from Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 30 July 2015 Q-class takes water at Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 30 July 2015

Q-class at Sheffield Park - John Sandys - 28 July 2015 29 July

H-class at Sheffield Park - John Sandys - 28 July 2015 Baxter and 323 await boiler exam - Tony Sullivan - 23 July 2015

C-class at Horsted Keynes with the Pullman train for a wedding - Steve Lee - 25 July 2015 26 July

Toy and Collectors' Fair at Horsted Keynes - Derek Hayward - 18 July 2015 Toy and Collectors' Fair at Horsted Keynes - Derek Hayward - 18 July 2015

C-class departs SP with the Wealden Rambler - Brian Lacey - 18 July 2015 22 July

847 waiting to leave Horsted for East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 18 July 2015 Toy and Collectors' Fair at Horsted Keynes - Derek Hayward - 18 July 2015

Toy and Collectors' Fair at Horsted Keynes - Derek Hayward - 18 July 2015 21 July

Q-class 30541 arriving at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 18 July 2015 Camelot looking ever more complete - Tony Sullivan - 16 July 2015

H-class approaching Kingscote - Derek Hayward - 11 July 2015 14 July

S15 on Wealden Rambler - Derek Hayward - 11 July 2015 Q-class at Kingscote - Kieran Hardy - 4 July 2015

30541 approaching Horsted Keynes - Paul Furlong - 7 July 2015 9 July

Baxter on Shuttle Service - Derek Hayward - 27 June 2015 Locomotive Works being re-clad - Tom James - 5 July 2015

U-class 1638 at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 30 May 2015 7 July

541 at Three Arch - Phil Horscroft - 27 June 2015 Q-class at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 6 July 2015

847 departing from Sheffield Park - Derek Hayward - 27 June 2015 6 July

smart forrail on the Bluebell - Mike Hopps - 22 June 2015 smart forrail on the Bluebell - Mike Hopps - 22 June 2015 Filming of the smart forrail on the Bluebell - Mike Hopps - 22 June 2015

smart forrail video 1 July

Q-class with the 1.30pm service approaching Kingscote - Steve Lee - 27 June 2015 Baxter leads the shuttle South from Horsted Keynes - Steve Lee - 27 June 2015
Model Railway Weekend - layouts in Loco Works - Richard Salmon - 27 June 2015

Bachman CCT - Derek Hayward - 27 June 2015 Oxford Rail EP of Radial Tank - Richard Salmon - 27 June 2015

Fenchurch Diorama - Project 27 24 June

Baxter on shed pilot duties - Brian Lacey - 20 June 2015 Q and vintage coaches at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 20 June 2015

23 June
Q-class with GN Saloon - Brian Lacey - 20 June 2015 Stepney on display in the shed at Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 20 June 2015

S15 on arrival at Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 20 June 2015 Rabbit at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 20 June 2015

C-class arrives at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 13 June 2015 20 June

S15 at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 13 June 2015 Atlantic progress - running plate and splashers complete - Fred Bailey - 11 June 2015

30541 arrives at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 17 June 2015 17 June

S15 and Baxter at Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 13 June 2015 Stepney on display in the shed at Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 13 June 2015

Atlantic open day - Brian Lacey - 13 June 2015 15 June

C-class arrives at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 13 June 2015 S15 departs from Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 13 June 2015 H, Q and Baxter on shed - Brian Lacey - 13 June 2015

847 arrives at East Grinstead with the 1.30pm service from Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 10 June 2015 12 June


Stepney in the sunshine on Sunday - Martin Lawrence - 7 June 2015 11 June

U-class at Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 6 June 2015 C-class at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 6 June 2015
Barcombe Station (Please note that this is private property. Image taken by arrangement with the Bluebell Railway and displayed with the consent of the occupier) - Derek Hayward - 28 July 2014

Sophie on the telephone - Anthony Morris - 30 May 2015 E4 with wedding special - Brian Lacey - 6 June 2015 Spitfire over Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 6 June 2015

Stepney has been repainted - John Sandys - 4 June 2015 5 June

U-class arriving at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 3 June 2015 80151 and Baxter in the loco shed at Sheffield Park - Tony Sullivan - 4 June 2015

C-class and LSWR Brake Third 1520 at West Hoathly - Brian Lacey - 30 May 2015 1 June

Baxter at West Hoathly with vintage goods train - Brian Lacey - 30 May 2015 S15 at West Hoathly - Brian Lacey - 30 May 2015

Baxter approaches Horsted Keynes with goods train - David Long - 30 May 2015 31 May

U-class with vintage train at Town Place - Steve Lee - 25 May 2015 Baxter with vintage goods train - David Long - 30 May 2015

Q-class with Pullmans at Medhurst Farm - Derek Hayward - 17 May 2015 29 May

Track Treck approaches New Coombe Bridge - Mike Hopps - 24 May 2015 Q-class at Leamland - Brian Lacey - 21 May 2015
Goods train timetable for 30 May 2015

Camelot's boiler back in frames - Brian Lacey - 23 May 2015 U-class leaving Sheffield Park with the vintage set, amidst the daisies - Derek Hayward - 25 May 2015
S15 on service train at Three-arch-bridge - Yoshi Hashida - 17 May 2015 Q-class at the Occupation Bridge at Mill Place - Brian Lacey - 23 May 2015

Atlantic running plate and splashers - Fred Bailey - 2 April 2015 16 May

34058's steam combine being machined - John Fry - May 2015 S15 at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 14 May 2015

Home Guard at Horsted Keynes - Derek Hayward - 9 May 2015 13 May

27's cylinder block removed - James Parker - 8 May 2015 Eccentric rods connected - Fred Bailey - 19 Feb 2015

Land Girls and Home Guard at Horsted Keynes - Derek Hayward - 10 May 2015 12 May

Hurricane during the flypast display - Derek Hayward - 10 May 2015 Signalman at Sheffield Park catches up with the news - Derek Hayward - 10 May 2015 Military vehicles outside Sheffield Park station - Derek Hayward - 10 May 2015

Tank destroyer and Home Guard protect Horsted Keynes - Derek Hayward - 9 May 2015 10 May

Lest we forget - Derek Hayward - 9 May 2015 Soldier at Horsted Keynes - Derek Hayward - 9 May 2015 Harvard flypast at Horsted Keynes - Derek Hayward - 9 May 2015

H-class with Observation Car at West Hoathly - Brian Lacey - 5 May 2015 H-class at Sheffield Park - Roy Peters - 3 May 2015 7 May

S15 approaches Horsted Keynes - Steve Lee - 4 May 2015 Baxter on evening test run - Andrew Crampton - 3 May 2015

Captain Baxter at Holywell - Andrew Crampton - 3 May 2015 5 May

Baxter with test train - David Long - 3 May 2015 Baxter arrives at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 3 May 2015

S15 and spring flowers at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 27 April 2015 1 May

No.27's cylinder block stripped down - Clive Emsley - April 2015 Completed SR wagon 30004 - Richard Salmon - 11 April 2015

Q-class with the 4pm service at Holywell - Peter Edwards - 29 April 2015 30 April

Q-class at Leamland Bridge - Brian Lacey - 28 April 2015 H-class with Bluebell Special at Leamland Bridge - Brian Lacey - 28 April 2015

Baxter with short goods train - Brian Lacey - 7 March 2015 29 April

Baxter shunting - Brian Lacey - 7 March 2015 Baxter and the S15 - Brian Lacey - 7 March 2015

28 April
Q-class 30541 with 11am service - John Sandys - 28 April 2015

 

Stop Press: No.30541 re-enters service today.
The SR Maunsell Q-class is seen here in John Sandys' photo, at the head of the 11am train this morning. The locomotive, belonging to the Maunsell Locomotive Society, was restored from Barry scrapyard condition, entering service on the Bluebell in 1983. Its latest overhaul started in 2011, with much input from our volunteer Loco Works Working Group, in addition to our workshop staff.


P-class side-tank now on display - Clive Emsley - 25 April 2015


10th Essex on parade - Clive Emsley - 25 April 2015 Off to the front - Clive Emsley - 25 April 2015
H-class on Bluebell Specials - Brian Lacey - 27 April 2015

S15 arrives at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 26 April 2015 E4 with Pullman Luncheon train at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 26 April 2015

P-class locos at work in Boulogne, April 1915 - Matthew Cousins 24 April

Centenary badge S15 at Sheffield Park - John Sandys - 23 April 2015

H-class arriving at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 22 April 2015 23 April

Progress with East Grinstead Canopy - Brian Lacey - 22 April 2015 B473 on special Pullman charter - David Long - 21 April 2015

Deltics on the viaduct ready for main-line departure - Roy Watts - 21 April 2015 21 April

09 with brake van rides - Keith Duke - 17 April 2015 Deltics with C and U on shed - Mike Anton - 18 April 2015
1638 with the wedding charter at Black Hut - Derek Hayward - 18 April 2015 Sentinel shunter on Driver for a Fiver - Derek Hayward - 19 April 2015
D9009 approaches Holywell - Andrew Crampton - 18 April 2015 55019 at Holywell - Andrew Crampton - 18 April 2015
D9009 Alycidon - Nick Farrant - 17 April 2015 55019 at Horsted Keynes - Tony Sullivan - 18 April 2015
592 with the Luncheon train - Derek Hayward - 19 April 2015 55019 leaves Horsted Keynes - Jordi Blumberg - 18 April 2015

D9009 at Waterworks - Derek Hayward - 17 April 2015 18 April

55019 approaches Holywell - Andrew Crampton - 17 April 2015 D9009 at Leamland Bridge - Andrew Crampton - 17 April 2015

Deltics at East Grinstead - Deborh Salmon - 14 April 2015 17 April

Alycidon at Sheffield Park - John Sandys - 17 April 2015 55019 approaches East Grinstead - John Sandys - 17 April 2015

Deltics on shed at Sheffield Park - Tony Sullivan - 16 April 2015 16 April

09 hauling the Deltics south at Imberhorne Lane Cutting - Alan Gomme - 15 April 2015 P-class 323 with the first day of the extension shuttle - Mike Esau - 14 April 1990

Deltics on the viaduct - Roy Watts - 14 April 2015 Deltics at East Grinstead - Deborah Salmon - 14 April 2015 15 April

H-class leaving Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 11 April 2015 H-class at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 11 April 2015 U-class leaving the Tunnel - Brian Lacey - 14 April 2015

E4 No.B473 amidst the primroses at Leamland Bridge - Derek Hayward - 10 April 2015 14 April

U-class with primroses in cutting approaching 3 Arch Bridge - Derek Hayward - 10 April 2015 H-class at 3 Arch Bridge - Derek Hayward - 10 April 2015

U-class departing from Horsted Keynes - Tony Sullivan - 9 April 2015 10 April


Q-class with test train at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 2 April 2015 8 April

Q-class at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 8 April 2015 S15 in Lindfield Wood - Derek Hayward - 6 April 2015

H-class with Maunsell Set at Caseford Bridge - Derek Hayward - 6 April 2015 7 April

U-class at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 2 April 2015 S15 at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 4 April 2015 U-class with GNR Saloon at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 4 April 2015

S15 at Sheffield Park - LocoYard Blog - March 2015 2 April

U-class at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 31 March 2015

S15 with photo charter set passing Lineside Gang - Brian Kidman - 11 March 2015 28 March

Canopy under construction at East Grinstead - John Sandys - 26 March 2015

H-class with Edwardian train - David Stubbings - 21 March 2015 26 March

Lineside gang on 11 March 2015 - Brian Kidman Q-class prepares for a test run - John Sandys - 26 March 2015

S15 with photo charter at Freshfield Curve - Steve Lee - 11 March 2015 25 March

New gangway shield on Pullman train - Clive Emsley - 22 March 2015 H-class at Sheffield Park - Neil SloaneS15 attaches to tour - John Goss - 21 March 2015

S15 heads the Cathedrals Express at Black Hut - Andrew Shapland - 21 March 2015 22 March

S15 heads the special through West Hoathly station site - Andrew Crampton - 21 March 2015 S15 comes off the special at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 21 March 2015 47580 takes the tour onto the National Network at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 21 March 2015

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England 6 March
S15 at Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 28 February 2015


H-class arrives at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 28 February 2015 28 February
U and S15 at Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 28 February 2015 E4 warming through - Brian Lacey - 28 February 2015


847 with the 2.45pm from Sheffield Park - Steve Lee - 17 February 2015 27 February
Testing the prototype seat - Dave Clarke - 3 January 2015 SECR Carriage 3188 under restoration - Dave Clarke - 18 January 2015


847 at New Road Bridge - Peter Edwards - 18 February 2015 26 February
Water level gauge at East Grinstead - Mike Hopps - February 2015 847 at Sloop Bridge - Paul Furlong - 17 February 2015


Track Trek poster 23 February

S15 comes off the viaduct at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 17 February 2015 H-class ready to leave East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 18 February 2015

263 approaches Horsted Keynes - Keith Leppard - 8 February 2015 16 February

North-west corner of 5768 - Mike Anton - 15 February 2015 First-class compartment C in 5768 - Mike Anton - 15 February 2015 South end of 5768 - Mike Anton - 15 February 2015

H-class approaching New Road Bridge - Keith Leppard - 8 February 2015 13 February

U-class at New Road Bridge - Keith Leppard - 8 February 2015 U-class taking water at Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 7 February 2015 H-class arriving at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 7 February 2015

Q-class in light steam - Steve Lee - 1 Feb 2015 6 February

U-class in light steam - John Sandys - 5 February 2015 Naked crank axle - Clive Emsley

City of Truro in Lindfield Wood - Derek Hayward - 13 October 2006 4 February


41312 on Freshfield Bank - Derek Hayward - 1 September 2006 3 February

Mechanical horse at Ardingly - Derek Hayward - 29 March 2008 Rolls Royce at Horsted Keynes - Derek Hayward - 5 October 2014 U-class with Pullmans approach Kingscote - Derek Hayward - 3 August 2014

H-class with pre-war carriages at Leamland Bridge - Steve Lee - 1 February 2015 2 February


H-class prepares for services - John Sandys - 31 January 2015 31 January


Canadian Pacific and Blackmoor Vale - Derek Hayward - 23 October 2005 30 January


New rail at Horsted Keynes - David Chappell - 11 January 2015 24 January


23 January


H-class at Sheffield Park - Kevin McElhone - 10 January 2015 22 January

Loco crew on the H-class - Kevin McElhone - 10 January 2015 H-class from Museum at Sheffield Park - Kevin McElhone - 10 January 2015

Camelot with metal for smokebox in place - Tony Sullivan - 19 January 2015 21 January

Camelot being shunted into the works - Tony Sullivan - 19 January 2015 27's frames craned from wheels - Tony Sullivan - 19 January 2015 H-class through the window - Kevin McElhone - 10 January 2015

Q-class in works - Tony Sullivan - 19 January 2015 20 January

Piles linked and shuttering constructed - Mike Hopps - 16 January 2015 Camelot's boiler craned back into frames - Tony Sullivan - 19 January 2015

Camelot's boiler craned back into frames - Tony Sullivan - 19 January 2015 19 January


H-class heads its train north from Kingscote - Brian Lacey - 10  January 2015 16 January

Porch at Horsted Keynes, decorated for Christmas 2014 - Derek Hayward Dedication panel in the porch at Horsted Keynes - Derek Hayward - 18 May 2014

S15 847 with water tower at Sheffield Park - Kenny Felstead - 3 January 2015 15 January
S15 and H-class at Horsted Keynes - Kenny Felstead - 3 January 2015


H-class readies itself for the 1.30 departure from Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 10  January 2015 11 January

H-class at Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 2 January 2015 H-class departs from Sheffield Park with the 11am service - Steve Lee - 10 January 2015

H-class with train at West Hoathly - Steve Lee - 3 January 2015 9 January

Stuart Bardouleau drifting out a pin from a brake hanger - Clive Emsley - 3 Jan 15 Stepney being repainted - Brian Lacey - 2 January 2015

Sunset over Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 2 January 2015 8 January

S15 approaches Lindfield Wood - Paul Furlong - 2 January 2015 H-class at Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 2 January 2015

H-class approaching East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 30 December 2014 5 January
S15 at West Hoathly - Steve Lee - 1 January 2015


S15 at 3-Arch Bridge - Yoshi Hashida - 28 December 2014 3 January
H-class with Observation Car at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 30 December 2014


H-class on Freshfield Bank - Peter Edwards - 29 December 2014 2 January 2015

Maunsell Q and Wainwright C in Loco Works - Tony Sullivan - 1 January 2015 73082 Camelot in Loco Works - Tony Sullivan - 1 January 2015

The Current What's New page contains all the recent update information.

Also see the 2014, the 2013, the 2012, the 2011, the 2010, the 2009, the 2008, the 2007, the 2006, the 2005, the 2004, the 2003, the 2002, the 2001, the 2000, the 1999 and the 1997-8 "What was new" archive pages.

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