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Autumn Steam Gala
Friday 17th - Sunday 19th October

This year we are holding an Autumn Steam Gala with a Somerset and Dorset Railway theme.

Travelling to the Gala using National Rail trains on Sunday? - see the note on Network Rail Engineering Work

7F on Ludgershall branch, 26th September 1987 - Chris Nevard The main visiting locomotive for this event will be former Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway class 7F No.53809 (left). This engine was built in 1925 for use on the famous Somerset and Dorset railway that once linked Bath and Bournemouth. Built for the S&DJR (No. 13809) by Robert Stephenson & Co. Ltd to a Derby design, the locomotive was preserved in 1975, and is visiting from The Midland Railway, Butterley.

The second visiting engine is LMS Jinty 0-6-0T No.47493 (below), which was built 1927 at the Vulcan Foundry Limited and initially worked suburban and freight services over the former North London Line. From 1954 it worked in the North West until sent to Woodham Bros scrap yard in Barry. Moving to the East Somerset Railway, Cranmore in 1973, it was overhauled and returned to steam in January 1976. It was moved to Tunbridge Wells West in March 2000 for overhaul, and returned to service in March 2004.

Stop Press: We regret to say that the Jinty has failed, and so will not be hauling trains. On the Friday it will be replaced by 5199.

Also in use over the weekend will be former Great Western Railway "Large Prairie" No. 5199 that has been based on the Bluebell Railway for most of 2008.
LMS Jinty 0-6-0T No.47493 - Derek Hayward  

In addition the following locomotives from the Bluebell Fleet will be in use:

Friday the 17th October will see a regular service during the day with trains hauled by 53809, 80151 and 5199. On both Saturday and Sunday an intensive timetable will operate featuring the locomotives listed above.

Additional Attractions

Vintage Buses - 21 Oct 2007 - Derek Hayward

First trains of the day

Last trains

Details of Fares applicable over the weekend.

Route 473 Bus Times for Saturday and Sunday only

In addition to the usual single-decker bus, a vintage RM will also be used on the route 473 service.

Bus Times for Saturday and Sunday

Event Guide

A full event guide and working timetable is available for £2.00 on the day, or in advance from the Sales and Information Office at Sheffield Park (above the shop).

Special Saloons


Special Carriages added to the trains

The Bluebell is justly renowned for the quality of its carriage stock, with our Bulleid carriages to the fore, along-side Mk.1s and Maunsells.

Special Saloons and Pullman Cars were also a feature in the trains:

U with milk tanker and the Mets - 21 Oct 2007 - Andrew Strongitharm 80151 with the Obo and Mets - 20 Oct 2007 - Tony Pearce

Engineering Work on Sunday 19th October on Network Rail

The following National Rail routes have buses replacing trains on Sunday 19th:

If travelling from London or Croydon then you have a variety of options. If travelling from Lewes or Brighton, why not take advantage of our special Free Vintage Bus on Route 20.

If you are intending to also visit Uckfield for the Model Railway Exhibition there, there is a bus from Purley, but also one from Three Bridges via East Grinstead.

For travel on National Rail trains and replacement bus services you are advised to check times and routes using their journey planner.

Please note that whilst the Bluebell Railway will endeavour to deliver the attractions advertised, this may not always be possible, depending on locomotive availability or other factors beyond our control.


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Photos from last year's "Giants of Steam" event with thanks to Andrew Strongitharm, Tony Pearce and Derek Hayward.
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