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Bluebell Railway Blog:
Archive 2002

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Photographic reports 2002:

Web-site Update Archive

31 December 2002:

30 December:
  • News update - ORR decision on East Grinstead Station Site.
  • New link to Volunteer Recruitment 16-25 Weekend, April 12-13 - for anyone aged between 16 and 25 who would like to see behind the scenes, and find out what's involved in being a Bluebell Volunteer.

29 December:
  • Details of Golden Arrow Pullman Dining Trains for 2003 now available. These trains are very popular, so book now to get the date you want! New for 2003, Saturday Lunch trains.
  • 2003 versions of graphics loaded.

24 December:
23 December:
20 December:
19 December:
17 December:
13 December:
  • Update to the wap site:

12 December:
  • News and photos of the completion of frame repairs and re-wheeling of the GWR "Dukedog" locomotive 3217 on the Loco Works News pages from Lewis Nodes.

10 December:
9 December:
3 December:
1 December: Legends of Steam Vol.1
29 November:
25 November:
  • Update to the Loco Roster, following the 9F bowing out, needing new tubes.

23 November:
22 November:
  • Update to the web page for loco No. 73082 Camelot, clarifying the position regarding the authenticity of the restoration, and the recent Bachmann model, with the early BR emblem on the tender.

21 November:
18 November:
17 November:
15 November:
11 November:
10 November:
4 November:
29 October:
28 October:
27 October:
  • News item concerning Giants of Steam Gala, and the failure of the visiting Bulleid Pacific Taw Valley; on the News page.
  • Minor update to page for LSWR coach 494.

25 October:
22 October:
  • Update with current positions in our fund-raising Football Competition.
  • This weekend's Giants of Steam Gala will be the only occasion during its visit that "Taw Valley" will be appearing as itself! In addition, "Blackmoor Vale" will carry "O.V.S. Bulleid" nameplates for the first time since it did so unofficially in 1963.

21 October:
20 October:
  • Photo montage from Jon Bowers featuring the visiting Bulleid Pacific Taw Valley (as "Ottery St.Mary") on the News page.
  • Page for track layout at Horsted Keynes updated since the vounteer track gang have today completed the relaying of the dock road on its original alignment.

19 October:
  • New additions to the Loco Works News with photos from Lewis Nodes put up yesterday.
    * First Terrier cylinder casting arrives;
    * 92240's broken springs replaced.

18 October:
  • The Screensaver page has now received over 7000 hits. So far a total of £425 has been raised for the P Class Fund. Tony Pearce, who manages the page, would like to thank all those who have donated. If you have not visited the page follow this link.

16 October:
15 October:
  • Jon Horrocks has made available another page of his pictures. They were all taken in the snow last Christmas.
  • The programme for our forthcoming Giants of Steam Gala Weekend has now been printed, and is available from Horsted Keynes Booking Office. If you've not already ordered one, send a first-class SAE with Cheque for £2 payable to "Bluebell Railway" to:
    GoS, Horsted Keynes Station, Nr. Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 7BB

14 October:
  • Additional details (including bus timetable, and details of the use of the Gold RT bus from the LT Museum) now available for our Giants of Steam Gala Weekend.
  • Update to Progress on the East Grinstead Extension with new photos and news from the extension team.
  • New web page and two photos of the newly overhauled Southern Railway Ballast Wagon No. ED 62002.
  • New photo of the recently arrived SR 8-plank, 10ft-wheelbase, open wagon.

11 October:
9 October:
  • Update to the News from the Volunteer P-Way Gang page, with photos and description of work on the track, and a photo of the viaduct which is being repaired on the extension.
  • A splendid new selection of recent photos from Jon Bowers.
  • Update to the Loco Roster, with intended loco usage for October-December.

8 October:
7 October:
  • Channel 4's Scrapheap Challenge at 5.35pm next Sunday, 13th October, involves teams building a road-rail machine. The machines were tested on Bluebell metals, and we also provided a technical expert.
  • Advanced notice of the date of next year's Emergency Services Weekend: July 26th and 27th 2003, details on the BRPS Fire Service web site.

2 October:
1 October:
30 September:
  • Details now available of our Giants of Steam - our largest locos, plus a visiting Bulleid Pacific. October 26 - 27.

20 September:
18 September:
16 September:
12 September:
9 September:
4 September:
28 August:
27 August:
22 August:
  • New News Report now available, with photos.
    • Photo Report from West Country weekend
    • Locomotive "Bluebell" at Airbourne 2002
    • Letters of thanks following the Royal Visit
    • Tom Martin passed away in mid July
    • Locomotive workshop programme
    • Buebell Atlantic project progress
    • Signalling News
    • NRM extend loan of the T9 and Q1
    • Work starts on Viaduct on the Extension
    • New P-Way news page available
    • Carriage Works news
    • Web Site wins award
    • New Video: The Southern Railway At War including film shot on our line in the vicinity of Sharpthorne Tunnel and West Hoathly Station in 1943.

20 August:
15 August:
13 August:
12 August:
6 August:
2 August: The Smokin' Award at

We are very pleased to have become only the ninth recipient of a Silver "Smokin' Website Award" from (and no one has yet achieved Gold!).

1 August:
  • New link to the Bodmin and Wenford Railway website.
  • Web-site Down-time
    Due to a building power outage this Saturday (3rd August) to make a connection at the substation for a new building, the webserver will come down from 09:00. Power is due to be reconnected at 1pm, and so the web server should become available again that afternoon.

27 July:
25 July:
  • Further details of the forthcoming "West Country Weekend" now available on the News from the Bluebell page, together with a reminder about our revised 473 Bus Service for the summer, which has been extended to serve two other tourist attractions, Standen and Sackville College, and a brief report on our Royal visit.
  • Web-site Down-time
    There will be a short outage to our Internet connection today, from 6.30pm onwards. Normal service should be resumed within a few hours.

22 July:
20 July:
18 July:
  • Apologies for the Web-site Down-time over the last couple of days
    As notified on 12th July, our web service was disrupted due to work on our host's network.

17 July:
15 July:
  • The Latest news from the Bluebell: went on line last Friday.
  • New update also now posted on the Wap site.
    Thanks to advice from Nick Smith, this page and the Events page on the wap site now work properly!

14 July:
12 July:
  • New News Report now available.
  • Advance notice: Web-site Down-time
    Major work is planned on our host network on Tuesday, 16th July from 5pm onwards. It is likely that services will be disrupted periodically during the work. We hope that normal service will be resumed early morning on the following day.

11 July:
10 July:
5 July:
  • New web page, with Mike South's account of why the LSWR Gate Stock didn't get preserved, and other memories of Early Bluebell Days.
  • New (1960s) photos by Keith Harwood added to:
    • Extensions page: 2-BIL electric unit No 2098 at Horsted Keynes in the early 1960s.
    • H-class Loco page: as British Railways No.31263, leaving East Grinstead high level station for Three Bridges.
    • A New Page about Fenchurch. Two of Keith's photos, and also includes an item from The Railway Magazine published in February 1941.
  • Consequent updates to the Index, and all other History pages.

3 July:
1 July:
  • The search engine returns to the site:

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29 June:
  • Update to the BRPS Social Sub-Committee page, with a report on the members' Barbeque at Horsted Keynes, and details of the "Silly Games" and Barbeque at Sheffield Park on August 25th, as well as provisional details of events later in the year.

28 June:
25 June:
24 June:
  • Updates to Special Events page, and the page for the West Country Music and Steam weekend. Please note that the Friday evening event that weekend has unfortunately been cancelled. The remaining musical events, 'The Yetties' and The Wurzels, plus a feast of steam action, remain as planned.

10 June:
7 June:
6 June:
  • Update to the planned Loco Roster for June. You will note that there is a visiting engine, No.37, "Invincible" from the Isle of Wight, which is coming to shunt the troublesome trucks.
  • Final results now available for the Football Competition which has been raising funds for our covered accommodation appeal.

5 June:
31 May:
30 May:
27 May:
20 May:
16 May:
  • Update to Contacts page with the railway's new general enquiry e-mail address:
  • Revised e-mail address for the P Class Fund.
  • It's apparent that the Search Engine we used on this site has been broken for some time, having been taken over by another company. Any suggestions for a good free internal search engine are welcome!

15 May:
14 May:
13 May:
10 May:
8 May:
2 May:
29 April:
25 April:
24 April:
  • New News Report now available.
  • Improved Bluebell Bus service for the summer
    Our No.473 Bus between East Grinstead and Kingscote is being re-routed so that it can also serve the National Trust property of Standen, and East Grinstead's historic Jacobean almshouses, Sackville College, daily from Monday 29th July until Sunday 1st September 2002. Revised timings are available on the timetable page.
  • Update to the Stepney Club's web page, who are holding Stepney's Grand Balloon Race on the first four Saturdays in August - 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th.

22 April:
8 April:
  • Updates to the Wagon Stock List:
    • LMS Box Van 506190 is confirmed as having left the railway for Isfield some years ago.
    • DS61107 (Bulleid well wagon) added, together with photo.

6 April:
3 April:
  • Advance warning: This web site will be down tomorrow morning (4th April) due to work by our site host, installing a new firewall. Some disruption may continue into the afternoon.

1 April:
  • New photo report from Jon Bowers: Good Friday trains - featuring Stepney, the SER O1, Camelot and 80151.

28 March:
  • Update to the Loco Works Photo News from Lewis Nodes:
    • Frame repairs on 3217 Earl of Berkeley;
    • Frame repairs for 928's tender;
    • Baxter now dismantled;
    • Work continues on 1178;
    • Work starts on 27.

26 March:
  • Update to the planned Loco Roster covering April, May and June.

25 March:
14 March:
10 March:
5 March:
28 February:
27 February:
  • Update to the page introducing the railway in German, with thanks to Michael Platz.

26 February:
  • During March and April our steam trains are running each weekend, and also every day from 25 March to 14 April. Following completion of our winter engineering works, the full length of the line is again open.

24 February:
22 February:
21 February:
20 February:
  • Points and Crossings, February 2002 volunteers' newsletter added to the Society pages.

17 February:
16 February:
14 February:
11 February:
  • Update to the 2002 timetable:
    • Santa trains are also to run on Sat 30 November and Friday 20 December.
    • Additional services will also run departing Sheffield Park at 11.00  1.00  3.00 to Kingscote & return from Monday 8 to Friday 12 April. On these dates there will be no 473 bus service from East Grinstead.

7 February:
  • Updated and expanded information about this weekend's Branch Line Weekend - Six branch-line locos (five of which are over 100 years old) hauling some of our older coaches.

6 February:
  • Updates to the various foreign language pages, with slightly revised information for 2002.

4 February:
1 February:
31 January:
30 January:
29 January:
18 January:
  • Update to the BRPS London Area Group page. Note change of date for their March meeting: Tue 19 Mar : Talk: "VSOE".
  • PDF version of Day out with Thomas booking form updated so that it is compatible with the older (version 3) Acrobat reader.

10 January:
8 January:
6 January:
5 January:
4 January:
1 January 2002:
  • The temporary Table 4 Timetable, operating at weekends from January 19 to March 3, plus half-term week, 11-15 February (except for the Branch Line Weekend, 9-10 February) will be operated using 1872-built Stroudley Terrier "Fenchurch" and the steam-heated 100-year-old Metropolitan Railway carriages.
    So whilst the service is curtailed to the Sheffield Park - Horsted Keynes section of the line, this is a chance to experience some of our most popular rolling stock!
  • Railway Car Boot & Collectors Fair - Horsted Keynes Station - Sunday 28th April 2002
    This web site has previously suggested that this event might have been all weekend, but it is confirmed as only the Sunday (due to a Railwayana auction elsewhere on the Saturday).

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