Goods Train Weekend
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April 2007Photos on this page from the event, thanks to Derek Hayward, Andrew Strongitharm and David Warwick.
Goods trains were a very important source of revenue on railway lines like ours. In the early 1880s, the railways were able to move many tons of materials, livestock and commodities across the country, the like of which had never been seen before.
The Bluebell's Goods train weekend was a chance to see a wide variety of goods trains, as well as travelling the line on our vintage passenger trains.
The Steam locomotives in use over the weekend were:
Pick up the Goods
We demonstrated how this was achieved with period British Railways road vehicles delivering and collecting parcels for conveyance by goods trains.
These photos, from James Young, show onward road collections or deliveries being made to:
A two-train passenger service also ran on both days, one conveying a Southern Railway milk tanker.
Vintage Road Vehicles delivered consignments to and from the Bluebell Railway. This included a barrel of Harveys Mild which was collected from the Lewes Brewery on Saturday at 0930. Conveyed to Sheffield Park Station by a British Railways Mechanical Horse. From there the beer was transported to Horsted Keynes on the goods train for further shipment to The Cat Inn, at West Hoathly, by a further vintage road vehicle.
This was just one of a number of similar scenarios.
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Last updated 2 January 2008 (and 15 May 2020) by Richard Salmon.
Photos © Derek Hayward, David Warwick, James Young and Andrew Strongitharm