Twinned with the Museumstoomtram Hoorn-Medemblik
Latest News and photos; What's New -
Why not become a BRPS Member?
Your ideal Film/TV location? -
A great day out for all the family.
For Children up to 8 we have the Stepney Club. The 9F Club allows older children to get more involved behind the scenes at the railway.
Details of how we assist with School Visits to the railway - projects can contribute towards Key Stages 1 & 2 of the National Curriculum.
Two Bluebell Railway Screensavers are available for downloading to your
Welcome to the Bluebell Railway's Home Page
The volunteer-run Bluebell Line was the UK's first preserved standard gauge
passenger railway, re-opening part of the Lewes to East Grinstead line of
the old London
Brighton & South Coast Railway in 1960. Since then it has developed
into one of the largest tourist attractions in Sussex, yet it still remains
its objectives of the preservation for posterity of a country branch line,
its steam locomotives, coaches and goods stock, signalling systems,
stations and operating practices.
Why not take a tour of this web site:
A steam train ride on the Bluebell is one of the top things to do with kids on holiday for a day out in Sussex (the line crosses the border between East Sussex and West Sussex, and is not far from Surrey). This heritage railway is close to Haywards Heath, Gatwick Airport, Uckfield, Brighton and Lewes, in the Ashdown Forest/Mid Sussex area of England. Your children will love to take our vintage steam rail trip during your vacation.
On this web site you can find Visitor
Information, and details of the
Timetable showing the train times. In
addition to scheduled passenger trains, there is also a wide variety of special offers, Pullman dining trains, Afternoon Tea trains, Fish & Chips, Rail Ale, etc.,
and in the run up to Christmas each year, the very popular
Santa Specials where the children receive presents from Father
Christmas, and a
full programme of other Special Events. The
web site contains much more that just this, though.
Photo, above right, thanks to Andrew Strongitharm. The unusual combination of a GWR "Dukedog" and an SR "West Country" depart northwards from Horsted Keynes station at the 2005 "Giants of Steam" gala.
To view larger versions of most of the pictures on this site,
just click on them.
Also available on these web pages:
- Information on how to get to the
- Full details of catering
arrangements, both on the trains and at the stations;
Information for disabled visitors;
- You can order items from our shop by
- Contact information, phone numbers
and addresses; and Who's Who.
- Details of the benefits of membership, and opportunities to join in the running of the railway as a volunteer;
- For younger members there is The Stepney
Club and the 9F Club.
- All the latest news from the
- Information about our historic collections of Locomotives and Carriages
and Wagons, with photos of most items of stock;
- Comprehensive details of the Signalling and
- The Fund-raising Football
- Pages detailing the History of the
- Pages describing the role of the Bluebell Railway in Carlton's TV film of "The Railway
Children", and the rolling stock used in the film.
- The Bluebell Railway Trust
(Registered Charity No.292497) and the Museum.
- Other pages, with information about
the stations, our East Grinstead extension, and potential further extensions to the current line,
accommodation locally, and other general
- Links to related pages, plus a
Search Engine to help you find whatever you are looking for on the
Bluebell web site or elsewhere on the Internet.
The railway is operated by "Bluebell Railway plc", which is majority owned
by the volunteer membership through the Bluebell Railway Preservation
and this membership also provides the dedicated volunteer labour which
enables the line to continue running. Any financial surplus made from
the trains is ploughed straight back into preservation work. The only
"dividend" members receive is the immense satisfaction of seeing "their"
railway provide a day's entertainment for hundreds of thousands of visitors
Disclaimer: Whilst every care has been
taken to ensure the accuracy of these pages, the Bluebell Railway cannot be
responsible for any errors or omissions. In addition any information
or advice given on these pages is provided in good faith, but should
not be relied upon for safety-critical applications. Bluebell
Railway reserves the
right to vary any of the provisions of this web site without prior notice. This website does not form part of any contract between the Railway and current or prospective visitors or customers. Those requiring information on specific matters should seek written confirmation from the Railway.
Please email the web site editor,
Richard Salmon, with any comments or suggestions about format or content.
External links are provided in good faith, but the Bluebell Railway cannot be held responsible for the content to be found on other web sites.
We do not share any statistical data on the usage of the site with other websites, companies or individuals.
Cookies: This BRPS website (.co.uk) does not use or issue cookies.
Out of principle we do not normally use restrictive features such as
frames or Java, since these go against the
original and laudable
concept of html as a user-formatted document language. This also
makes for far faster down-loads. Pages can also be viewed and
with images turned off. One little bit of
someone else's frame, but if your browser doesn't support this, it
should not be affected.
© Copyright of all items is retained. Material on this web
site may not be reproduced (or further distributed beyond normal web
any form without the express permission of the Bluebell Railway or other
copyright owners as appropriate.
To search for a phrase, enclose it in quotes; e.g. "New Year"
Some photographs are by the editor and the others are by Mike Esau, Ian
Wright, Lewis Nodes, Jon
Horrocks, Peter Richards, Hiroshi
Naito, Mike Nichols, Michael Taylor, Jeremy Ovenden, Jon Bowers, the late Tony Dunkley, Robin Frankham, Nigel Kendall,
the late Harold Roy Pettit, Peter Edwards, James Young, Jonathan Hall, Graeme Pettit,
Martin Oakley, Barry Coward, Nigel
Longdon, Jeff Machin, Tony Pearce, Ian Bowskill, Chris Majer, Adrian
Lee, Anthony Goff, Tony Frost, Dave Bowles, David Harp, David
Chappell, Les Anstey, Chris Gardner, Andrew Strongitharm, Paul Pettitt, Chris Dadson, Dave Clarke, Nick Beck, Simon Robinson, Owen Chapman, Chris Nevard, Dave Chambers, Martin Creese, Dave Stickland, Clive Emsley, Dave Smith, Fred Bailey, Robert Bird, Roger Stronell, Derek Hayward, Chris Ward, Tom Waghorn, John Sandys, Benjamin Boggis, Paul Sharpe, Brian Easter, Duncan Bourne, Stephen Hunt, Ken Upton, Neil Munro-Thomson, Bill Vigar, John Fry, Linda Chen, Matt Allen, Neil Glaskin, Ashley Smith, Kate James, Tom James, Nick Talbot, Ray Wills, Tracey Wheatley, Bryan Benn, Dave Devlin, David Haggar, Alan Bedford, Steve Fairweather, Keith Duke, Derek Forrester, Ben Coughlan, David Pratt, Rob Faulkner, Stephen Parker, David Warwick, Sean Tompsett, Thomas Newble, Keith Leppard, Clive Hanley, Phil Stoneman, Mike Snow, Andy Prime, John Jesson, Geoff Pethick, Dave Jefferys, Chris Majer, Peter Richards, Richard Thomas, Rebecca Parkes, Pat Plane, Ian Maggs, Martin Lawrence, Brian Lacey, Mike Hopps, Andrew Crampton, Julian Clark, Steve Lee, David Long, Mike Anton, Martin Malins, Mark Duhig, Tony Hillman, Paul Booth, Stuart Pay, David King, Robert Hayward, Nick Dearden, Jonathan Hughes, Phil Brown, David Chappell, John Goss, David Jones, Paul Furlong, Andy Kelly, Alex Morley, Brian Kidman, Tony Sullivan, Andrew Wood, Robert Else, John Ede, Peter Wilson, Alex Fisher, Alan Black, Julian Heinemann, Nick Burgess, Andrew Shapland, David Pool, Deiniol Willis, Yoshi Hashida, Kevin McElhone, Roger Cruse, Chris Pratt, Nicholas Woollven, Varsha Ratna and many more, with permission.
Thanks are also due to Lewis Nodes, Matthew Cousins GRA, Gordon Dudman, Tony Hayllar, Jon Goff, Brucw Healey, Tim Baker, Tony
Richards, Martin Nichols, Malcolm Roe, John and Robin Elliott, Peter
Graham Townsend, Mike Watts, Mark Smith, Roger Williams, Martin Lock, Michael Taylor, David
Rider, Julian Best,
Steve Gostelow, Geoffrey Snow, Jim Turtle, Roy Watts, Nigel Longdon, Kate
Saker, Paul Sturm, Katsumi
Suzuki, Hiroshi Naito,
Geoff Harris, Martijn Huibers, Mark Armstrong, Peter Forrestier Smith, Jon
Bowers, Martin Skrzetuszewski, Nick Beck, Blair Robinson, Ted Crawforth, Fred Bailey, Terry Cole, Robert Bird, Jon Elphick, Jan Kozminski, Caroline Collins, Duncan Bourne, Gary Smith, Nicholas Pryor, Chris White, Richard Green, Rob Faulkner, Avril Gaynor, John Jesson, Dave Clarke, Gavin Bennett and
many other Bluebell members.
Like so much on the Bluebell Railway, this web site is provided at minimal
cost to the Railway thanks to voluntary effort.
The search engine is advertising supported, provided by FreeFind, and the EasySearch facility even generates income for the Bluebell Trust.
Most Frequent Queries:
UK & Ireland Heritage Railways Page,
To the Bluebell Web Sites' Entry Page, the Public / Visitors' web site, or the "What's New" page.
Timetable - Special Events - How to get to the Railway - Disabled Facilities - School Visits
Visitor Info. - Museum - Trust - Catering - Contacts -
What's New - Projects -
Locos - Carriages & Wagons - Signals - History -
Other - Links - Search - FAQ
Why not become a BRPS Member?
more involved as a Volunteer
Your ideal Film/TV location?
This page last updated 17 May 2019 by