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Bluebell Railway

The 50th Anniversary of Closure

was commemorated on Sat 28, Sun 29 & Mon 30 May 2005

Photo reports from the Gala from our photographers: 50 years ago British Railways closed the Bluebell line between Lewes and East Grinstead. This first closure was found to be illegal and the line subsequently reopened for a short period, during which time the impetus to preserve the line was born.

This gala Bank Holiday weekend event commemorated the anniversary with a train service of the period.

  • Visiting Loco: Ivatt 2-6-2T No.41312 - from the Mid Hants Railway
  • Locomotives carrying numbers of those used on the line 50 years ago; 41302, 32577, 80032, 80017.
  • Terrier No.55 as DS 337 "Brighton Works" shunter (Sunday and Monday)
  • Goods Trains running early in the day on Sunday and Monday
  • Saturday evening train - "Last Train" recreation
  • Guided walks of the Ardingly Branch (Monday only)
  • Guided Tours of the Carriage Works.
  • Up to six steam locomotives in action - intensive 4-train service.

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