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Britannia with the evening Golden Arrow at East Grinstead - Roy Watts - 14 October 2019 847 at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 16 October 2019

14 October:
70000 Britannia to the North of Horsted Keynes - Julian Clark - 13 October 2019
  • 70000 'Britannia' with the 2pm departure from Horsted Keynes on Sunday, captured shortly after departure from there by Julian Clark.

  • Pictures from Saturday from Dave Bowles.

  • Pictures from Sunday morning at Horsted Keynes featuring 'Britannia', 'Mayflower', No.30541 and 'Linette' amid the Autumn colours, from Neil Munro-Thomson

  • Below we see No.73082 (in the guise of 73087 'Linette') at Sheffield Park, taken by Andy Kelly, who took full advantage of being part of the rostered overnight loco crew to take this superb shed scene. Julian Clark's photo shows the Q and 'Linette' double heading the "Pines Express" (or Sunday's 12.55 departure from Sheffield Park) on the climb to Horsted House Farm Foot Crossing.

73087 'Linette' on shed - Andy Kelly - 11-12 October 2019 30541 and 73087 approach Horsted House Farm crossing - Julian Clark - 13 October 2019

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12 October:
70000 Britannia at Sloop Bridge - Paul Furlong - 12 October 2019
  • Visiting locomotive No.70000 'Britannia' was on the non-stop trains today, the second day of our three-day Giants of Steam Autumn Gala, and is seen here near Sloop Bridge in Paul Furlong's photo.

  • Ashley Smith provides photos and a video from Friday.

  • "Bluebell-Railway Hawks" provides this great video from yesterday.

  • Photos from yesterday from Dave Bowles.

  • Two photos next from David Long, today - the Maunsell Q-class was double heading with No.73087 'Linette' ('Camelot in disguise, the transformation being sponsored by a Bluebell volunteer), and 'Mayflower' in profile at West Hoathly, seen from behind the old goods dock.

Q and Linette - David Long - 12 October 2019 Mayflower at West Hoathly - David Long - 12 October 2019
  • Two photos below, from Andrew Crampton taken on Friday, both featuring BR Standard 4 tank No.80151. The first shows it approaching Leamland Bridge to the North of Horsted Keynes; you can see the sleepers stacked up ready for November's track relaying, which will follow work to stabilise the embankment at this point. The alignment of the track will also be changed slightly, hence the newly installed signal post, since the old post would be too close to the track once it is realigned towards the centre of the embankment. The second photo shows the locomotive, with its SECR carriages forming a local train, arriving at Horsted Keynes.
80151 approaches Leamland Bridge - Andrew Crampton - 11 October 2019 80151 enters Horsted Keynes - Andrew Crampton - 11 October 2019

11 October:
70000 Britannia approaching the tunnel - Julian Clark - 11 October 2019
  • A wet but enjoyable first day of 2019's Giants of Steam. In spite of the damp conditions, the railway was exceptionally busy, and those photographers who braved the elements were rewarded with some atmospheric shots.

  • Visiting BR 7MT Pacific No.70000 'Britannia' is seen approaching the tunnel from the south in Julian Clark's photo from today.

  • There are a lot more photo posted on the Bluebell's Facebook page.

  • In addition, a gallery of photos from Keith Duke is available on flickr.

'Mayflower' south of the tunnel - Julian Clark - 11 October 2019

 

Visiting LNER B1 4-6-0 No.61306 'Mayflower' with its 7-coach train, headed appropriately by the Great Northern Railway Directors' saloon, is seen South of the tunnel in Julian's next photo, on the left.

Below, renumbered as No.73087 'Linette', a S&D locomotive, the Bluebell's resident BR 5MT "Standard Arthur" 73082 'Camelot' passes 'Britannia' at Horsted Keynes, and 70000 'Britannia' gets away from Horsted Keynes with its final train of the day (both Julian Clark).

Linette and Britannia pass at Horsted Keynes - Julian Clark - 11 October 2019 'Britannia' departs from Horsted Keynes - Julian Clark - 11 October 2019
  • Two more photos below. 80151 hauled a six-coach set at the start of the day, and later a "branch line" set of two SECR carriages, as seen below leaving Horsted Keynes southwards (again the photo is from Julian Clark). The second photo, by David Long, shows 'Camelot' (as 73087 'Linette') at West Hoathly with six Southern Railway Maunsell and Bulleid Carriages, forming the Somerset & Dorset line's Pines Express.

  • A fuller report and photos of the first day are available here (pdf).

  • 2019's Giants of Steam continues tomorrow and Sunday, with the additional locomotive Maunsell Q-class No.30541.
80151 departs from Horsted Keynes - Julian Clark - 11 October 2019 'Camelot' (as 73087 'Linette') at West Hoathly - David Long - 11 October 2019

10 October:
70000 Britannia at Sheffield Park - David Long - 7 October 2019
  • David Long's photo shows BR Standard 7MT Pacific No.70000 'Britannia' outside the locomotive shed at Sheffield Park after arrival on Monday, ready for our Giants of Steam autumn gala which starts tomorrow.

  • Atlantic House, at Sheffield Park, will be open throughout Giants of Steam event and visitors are invited to call in to see progress on the Brighton Atlantic project and also to hear about the proposed SECR E-class new-build project from members of the Group.

  • The Loco allocations for the weekend have been revised slightly, with the addition of Maunsell Q-class on Saturday. An updated timetable and details of additional attractions are available to download here. The LNER-liveried Great Northern Railway Directors' Saloon is running over the weekend, and will be marshalled behind 'Mayflower's tender tomorrow.

  • Below, 'Britannia' and its support coach pass Crowhurst on its way down to us on Monday, in Andrew Crampton's photo. Heritage Express provide this video of 'Britannia' passing Bletchley at speed prior to its reversal at Willesden.

  • The second photo, by Richard Salmon, shows recent progress with restoration work on LBSCR Stroudley Brake Third No.949, which now has all its glazing in the passenger area, and all but one of its doors overhauled and hung. It will be among the carriages which can be seen at close quarters during guided tours of the Carriage Works on Saturday and Sunday.

Britannia passes Crowhurst - Andrew Crampton - 7 October 2019 Stroudley 949 - Richard Salmon - 28 September 2019

9 October:
  • More photos below from David Long, showing some more of the huge variety of buses which took part in our Bus Running Day on Sunday (as always, click on photos for full-size versions):

    Firstly we have 1962 Brighton Corporation Weymann Orion-bodied Leyland Titan PD2, and London Transport 1952 AEC Regent III RT 2083

Brighton Corporation PD2 - David Long - 6 October 2019 AEC Regent III RT 2083 - David Long - 6 October 2019

AEC Regal IV RF 271 - David Long - 6 October 2019 AEC Reliance with Duple Dominant Bus bodywork - David Long - 6 October 2019

 

Left: Green Line RF 271, a 1952 AEC Regal IV.

Right: A 1979 AEC Reliance with Duple Dominant Bus bodywork, preserved in Metrobus livery.
Southdown Guy Arab - David Long - 6 October 2019 RF 486 - David Long - 6 October 2019

 

Left: Southdown MS 547, a 1956 Park Royal bodied Guy Arab IV.

Right: London Transport RF 486 dates from 1953, although it only took on its present identity and registration in 1966!


8 October:
Mayflower on Freshfield Bank - Jonathan Hughes - 5 October 2019
  • Last Sunday was our annual Vintage Bus Running day. Martin Lawrence's photo shows Brighton & Hove Bristol K5G CAP229. Built in 1940 for Brighton, Hove & District Omnibus Company, in 1945 it was rebuilt by ECW after a fire.

  • The latest of Chris Eden-Green's Steam Locos in Profile videos covers the Southern S15s, and includes a lot of footage of Bluebell-based No.847, mainly hauling appropriate carriages or goods stock.

  • There is a new video from "Terrier55Stepney (Max)" on YouTube "The Complete History of Stepney the Bluebell Engine".

  • Richard Green's latest Limited Edition print is of 928 'Stowe' (run of 250), with £5 from each print sold being donated to the Maunsell Locomotive Society. It will be available to purchase at the Giants of Steam Gala on a stand at Sheffield Park (on Platform 2 near the Museum) - avoiding the postage costs!

  • Update to the Who's Who page with the changes to the Bluebell Railway PLC board outlined in the recent e-Newsletter.

  • Harry Brampton's photo below shows preserved ex-Stagecoach Alexander RL-bodied Volvo Olympian N389 LPN from 1996, at Uckfield Bus station.

  • David Long's photo shows ex-Maidstone & District DL39, a 1956 low-height Park Royal-bodied AEC Regent V.

Stagecoach Volvo Olympian - Harry Brampton - 6 October 2019 Maidstone & District DL39 - David Long - 6 October 2019

7 October:
70000 Britannia at West Hoathly - Brian Lacey - 7 October 2019
  • The Brit has arrived! Brian Lacey's photo shows BR Standard 7MT Pacific No.70000 'Britannia' on the Bluebell for the first time ever. With B1 'Mayflower' it stars in our Giants of Steam autumn gala which is coming up this Friday to Sunday. 'Britannia' is facing North (towards East Grinstead) and 'Mayflower faces South after its return to Sheffield Park on its railtour on Saturday.

  • Below, from Graham Parker, is a photo showing 'Britannia' passing through Herne Hill on its way down from Crewe earlier today.

  • The second photo, from Brian Lacey, shows SECR No.65 with Saturday's Wealden Rambler afternoon tea train, just after leaving the tunnel.

Britannia passes through Herne Hill - Graham Parker - 7 October 2019 65 with the Wealden Rambler - Brian Lacey - 5 October 2019

5 October:
Mayflower on Freshfield Bank - Jonathan Hughes - 5 October 2019
  • Jonathan Hughes' photo taken just after sunrise this morning shows the Steam Dreams charter from Sheffield Park getting under way up Freshfield Bank. The charter loco, B1 class 61306 'Mayflower' hauling its support coach and the Bluebell's Mk1/Bulleid rake, has our Standard 4 tank No.80151 banking at the rear. At Kingscote, the charter stock awaits, and the passengers will transfer across to the West-Coast coaches that are undoubtedly being warmed and catered ready for the main line run through London and down the Great Western main line to Bath. The train returns later this evening and the loco will stay on the line until after the Giants of Steam autumn gala next Friday-Sunday.

    Jonathan also has a video clip of the climb here.

  • The Realtime Trains timings (and routing) are available for this morning's outbound leg to Bath, and tonight's return, and also for No.70000 'Britannia's arrival on Monday afternoon.

  • The photo below, from Julian Clark, shows 80151 banking the charter train, at the top of the 1-in-55 at Imberhorne. The train consisted of 9 carriages, and no diesel.

  • The second photo, by Richard Salmon, shows 'Mayflower' with the charter approaching Selhurst.

80151 banks the charter at Imberhorne - Julian Clark - 5 October 2019 Mayflower with the charter approaching Selhurst - Richard Salmon - 5 October 2019

4 October:
47237 arrives at East Grinstead with the railtour set - Roy Watts - 4 October 2019

  • LNER B1 No.61306 'Mayflower' and its railtour set, hauled down from London by Class 47 No.47237, has arrived, in preparation for tomorrow's Steam Dreams railtour to Bath, as seen in Roy Watt's photos. Roy was on duty this lunchtime to accept the train onto Bluebell metals at East Grinstead, and would like to know why it always seems to rain when he's on this duty!

  • A reminder that on Sunday 6 October we have our Vintage Bus Running Day - why not combine your visit to the Bluebell with a free vintage bus ride? Routes and Timetables now available.

  • Additional date (13 December) added to our sold-out series of Footplate Extra experiences, and we also have a space, due to a cancellation, on 19 October.
Mayflower on the viaduct - Roy Watts - 4 October 2019
  • Julian Clark took the photos below today, as 'Mayflower' and its support coach passed the railtour set at Kingscote, and then waited at Horsted Keynes for our service train behind 80151 to pass it.
Mayflower at Kingscote - Julian Clark - 4 October 2019 Mayflower at Horsted Keynes - Julian Clark - 4 October 2019

2 October:
S15 arrives at East Grinstead with the lunchtime Pullman Dining train - Brian Lacey - 29 September 2019
  • On Sunday, dodging the rain showers, Brian Lacey got this photo of the S15 arriving at East Grinstead with the lunchtime Pullman dining train.

  • The Q-class arrived safely back at Sheffield Park yesterday morning after its visit to the Severn Valley Railway.

  • News Update Update to the Bulleid Society's web site - Richard Green has added some pictures, taken by John Fry, of progress on re-staying 34059's firebox, plus some showing the cylinder cladding removed.

  • Three announcements:

  • John Harwood took this video around the carriage works and Horsted Keynes on Saturday. It features the current state of Stroudley carriages 328 and 494, the Elephant Van/Children's Play Carriage, and then 80151 arriving, with a look around the carriages of the Edwardian Set, 'Camelot' arriving with the Mk.1 and Bulleid carriage set, and ending with their respective departures.

  • 21 years after its dismantled remains arrived on the Bluebell, Stroudley (LBSCR) No.725, a Mainline Brake Third built in 1878, has been added to the Carriage Stock List, since it's considered a better bet for restoration than ex-farmyard body No.676. The latter, a historically important very early electrically lit vehicle, would remain as a museum piece, whilst No.725 is probably the preferred candidate for restoration as the second Stroudley brake, providing a contrast with No.949, since 725 was built for main-line services whilst 949 and 676 were both suburbans. The web pages for all our Stroudley carriages have been updated at the same time.

  • The new Membership rates, as agreed at the AGM in May, came into force yesterday, 1 October.

  • Two more of Brian Lacey's photos below, this time taken on Saturday at Horsted Keynes, showing 80151 arriving with the Birdcage Brake at the head of the first service of the day, and 73082 'Camelot' with the 10.45 from Sheffield Park as 80151 waits to depart southwards.

80151 arrives at Horsted Keynes with the Birdcage Brake at the head of its train - Brian Lacey - 28 September 2019 73082 'Camelot' arrives at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 28 September 2019

27 September:
80151 with LSWR brake at West Hoathly - Brian Lacey - 21 September 2019

26 September:
Q-class departing from Bewdley Station on the SVR - Ashley Smith - 19 September 2019
  • Ashley Smith's photo shows our Maunsell Q-class departing from Bewdley Station at the Severn Valley Railway's Autumn Steam Gala, on 19 September. For more coverage, see his photos from last weekend at the SVR and two videos: Part 1 and Part 2.

  • John Sandys' album from last week, which will be his last for a while.

  • Funeral details for the late Charles Roberts are now available on the BRPS Members' Information page.

  • Brian Lacey's photo below shows SECR No.65 with the Wealden Rambler at Horsted Keynes last Saturday.

  • Derek Hayward's photo shows the 09 during the weekly shunt, drawing the stored rolling stock out of the Ardingly spur on Thursday last week.

65 with the Wealden Rambler at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 21 September 2019 09 coming off the Ardingly spur - Derek Hayward - 19 September 2019

23 September:
65 with the Birdcage Brake at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 21 September 2019
  • On Saturday the SECR Birdcage Brake returned to operational use after a protracted period out of service for repairs to the draw-gear at both ends of the coach. It is seen here with the SECR O1 at Horsted Keynes with that morning's "Footplate Extra" experience in Brian Lacey's photo.

  • The pages which make up our Infrastructure News Archive are the first ones on this site to make use of "Server Side Includes" (ssi). If anyone spots any anomalies on those pages (the 2013 to 2018 News Archive), please let Richard Salmon, BRPS Webmaster know.

  • Brian Lacey's further photos below, also from Saturday, show:
    • 'Camelot' arriving at Horsted Keynes (Platform 2) with a service from Sheffield Park, whilst the O1 sits in Platform 3 and 80151 waits to depart from platforms 4 & 5.
    • 80151 departs northwards from Platform 2 at Horsted Keynes, passing the fine array of signals, with SR-designed Bulleid carriage No.1482 as the first carriage in its train.

Three locomotives at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 21 September 2019 80151 and Bulleid carriage - Brian Lacey - 21 September 2019

21 September (Updated):
80151 at Sloop Bridge - Peter Edwards - 19 September 2019
  • Peter Edwards' photo shows the standard 4 tank with its train at a location that is not often photographed, passing Sloop Bridge at the summit of Freshfield Bank with the 2.55pm train from Horsted Keynes on Thursday. Lineside clearance is currently underway at this location (and several others) between Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes.

  • We are inviting all witches and wizards, ghosts and ghouls, to a spooky gathering this October half term. Head to Horsted Keynes Station for Halloween fun and games, including a fancy dress competition, crafty fun, and much more. Tickets are on sale now (discount for advance purchase) or turn up on the day.

  • We regret to report the recent death of Neil Cameron, for many years the driving force behind our steam crane. An obituary for him, and also one for the late Charles Roberts have been added to the BRPS Members' Information page.

  • News Update Infrastructure News update with thanks to Bruce Healey, detailing work done this week on the headshunt and the new point into the new Down Yard siding at Horsted Keynes, plus details of the current visit by a Balfour Beatty tamper.

  • Two more photos from last Saturday to conclude coverage of that weekend's "See behind the Steam" event:
    • Brian Lacey's photo shows P-class No.178 attached to the front of 80151's train at the end of the day to return it to Sheffield Park after completing its day on Brake Van ride duties.
    • Steve Lee's photo shows 'Camelot' going well through the old West Hoathly station site with the 10.45 service ex Sheffield Park.

80151 and 178 departing from Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 14 September 2019 Camelot at West Hoathly - Steve Lee - 14 September 2019

18 September:
Camelot arriving at Kingscote - Derek Hayward - 15 September 2019
  • Derek Hayward's photo from Sunday shows 'Camelot' arriving at Kingscote with one of the service trains.

  • A recent addition to our Special Offers page is 2FOR1 with National Rail - Visitors coming to Bluebell Railway via National Rail can enjoy all day travel for two people for the price of one. You can pick up a 2FOR1 leaflet at National Rail train stations, and redeem the offer at the Bluebell Railway (but please note that this offer is not valid at our Special Events).

  • Derek Hayward's photo below from Saturday shows No.80151 departing from Kingscote with its array of vintage carriages.

  • Brian Lacey's photo shows P-class No.178 on Saturday as it sets off southbound with the SR 'Queen Mary' Brake Van, giving its first ride of the day to some of our visitors.

80151 departs from Kingscote - Derek Hayward - 14 September 2019 178 with brake van at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 14 September 2019

17 September:
80151 approaching New Coombe Bridge - Steve Lee - 14 September 2019
  • Steve Lee's photo shows No.80151 with the first southbound service of the day, approaching New Coombe Bridge on Saturday, when we had four locomotives in steam for the "See Behind the Scenes" event.

  • With the 2019 programme of Murder Mystery evenings on the Golden Arrow Pullman train nearly all sold out, the 2020 programme is now available - see also further details on our web site.

  • Details of the Catering Arrangements are now available for our 11-13 October Giants of Steam gala. Don't forget to book tickets for the gala online in advance for a discount.

  • Brian Lacey's photo below from Saturday shows 'Camelot' arriving at Horsted Keynes with the 1:15 service from Sheffield Park, while 178 was taking a rest awaiting the next passengers for its brake van rides.

  • Derek Hayward's photo shows the SECR O1 at Birch Farm Crossing with Saturday's Wealden Rambler service.

Camelot passes 178 at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 14 September 2019 65 with the Wealden Rambler - Derek Hayward - 14 September 2019
178 being steamed, and cleaned, on shed - John Sandys - 12 September 2019

Younger Bluebell members (in our 9F Club) plus some loyal supporters, continue to give the North London Tank some TLC in platform 1 at Horsted Keynes, as seen in Derek Hayward's photo on the left taken on Sunday. It's a really valuable contribution they are making, since this is a prominently displayed locomotive. We really look forward to the time when we have enough overhead cover for all of our out-of-service locomotives, but until then they will need attention like this every few years.

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Finally, a reminder that we are playing our part in hosting The Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 27 September.

13 September:
178 being steamed, and cleaned, on shed - John Sandys - 12 September 2019
  • Getting ready for the weekend: 14-15 September is our See Behind the Steam open weekend.

    John Sandys' photo shows P-class No.178 being steamed, and cleaned, on shed at Sheffield Park yesterday, in preparation for giving brake-van rides at Horsted Keynes both days as part of this weekend's event. There are activities and behind-the-scenes tours at Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes and Kingscote stations - full details here. The timetable this weekend is Service 3 (6 round trips) and there will be four locomotives in steam: Nos.178, 65, 73082 and 80151.


Mayflower at Horsted Keynes - Andrew Crampton - 23 March 2019
  • Giants of Steam gala - 11-13 October:

    Unfortunately we have to report that LMS Princess Coronation Class No. 6233 'Duchess of Sutherland' will no longer be joining us for our Giants of Steam Autumn Gala. However, we are pleased to announce that LNER Thompson B1 61306 'Mayflower' will be joining us instead, in addition to BR 7MT Pacific No.70000 'Britannia'.

    Having been booked for last year's "Giants of Steam" 61306 'Mayflower' of course was in the event unable to visit us then, so this visit gives our event an East Anglian theme. It is one of two surviving B1 Class locomotives, built in 1948 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow. The last B1 in service, its final trip was hauling the 'Yorkshire Pullman' from Leeds in September 1967.

    The timetables, with locomotive allocations, for this three-day gala are now available.

  • Andrew Crampton's photo shows 'Mayflower' on 23 March this year, during a brief visit having arrived with a Steam Dreams' Railtour. During its forthcoming visit it will be hauling an outbound Steam Dreams railtour to Bath Spa and return, on 5 October, the week before 'Giants'.

  • Our SR Maunsell Q-class No.30541 is seen in this Facebook video being loaded onto a low-loader yesterday morning, for its journey to the Severn Valley Railway.

  • Funeral details for Dave Devlin (on Monday) have been added to the BRPS Members' Information page.

  • John Sandys' photo below from yesterday shows the O1 shunting the Great Northern Directors' Saloon at Sheffield Park, in preparation for this weekend, when it will be on set A (1st, 3rd and 5th round-trips from Sheffield Park). The Saloon will be in public service, available on a first-come-first-served basis for those wishing to partake of refreshments on board. See more of John's photos from Thursday.

  • Derek Hayward's photo from last Sunday shows the Maunsell S15 with the vintage set at Birchstone Bridge. During the first six years of its current period in service it has been very heavily used, and it is therefore now to take something of a back seat, only being used sparingly on lighter trains to minimise wear on its tyres which will be replaced at its next overhaul.

65 shunts the GNR Saloon - John Sandys - 12 September 2019 S15 at Birchstone Bridge - Derek Hayward - 8 September 2019

6 September:
65 in the entrance to the Down Yard at Horsted - Huw Lloyd - 5 September 2019
  • Huw Lloyd is coming towards the end of his annual working visit (helping in the Carriage & Wagon department) from Canada, and supplies the photo here of No.65 which was undertaking the regular Thursday shunt in place of the 09. The O1 is seen waiting at the entrance to the Down Yard at Horsted Keynes whilst having some of the "Wealden Rambler" carriages attached to the rear by the C&W works shunter, following their scheduled maintenance over the last week.

  • The Severn Valley Railway has announced that our SR Maunsell Q-class No.30541 will be the third visiting locomotive for their 19-22 September Autumn Steam Gala, joining No.34092 'City of Wells' and Standard 4 2-6-0 No.76017, alongside their home fleet.

  • We regret to report the recent deaths of two volunteers. Dave Devlin, a member of the S&T Dept for many years, passed away in hospital on Monday (see obituary on the BRPS Members' Information page). Charles Roberts, a regular volunteer and Sheffield Park Station Master some years ago, who had only just returned to active involvement with the Bluebell following his recent retirement, has tragically died after being hit by a car in London a couple of weeks ago. Funeral arrangements will be made available when known.

  • Update with the positions in the new 2019-20 Football Competition after the first four matches. The competition is raising funds for the forthcoming overhaul of Southern Railway Maunsell Restaurant/Dining First No.7864.

  • During August 2019 there were 43,654 total hits on this page, from 23,842 unique visitors.

  • John Sandys' photo below shows No.80151 at East Grinstead yesterday, when it was running in place of the rostered Q-class. See more of John's photos from Saturday, when the Q-class was in service (alongside the S15), in place of the rostered 'Camelot', and his photos from yesterday, with 80151 and 65 in steam.

80151 at East Grinstead - John Sandys - 5 September 2019

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