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21 March:
Maunsell Q-class setting off from Sheffield Park - Chris Rose - 15 March 2020
Donate to our emergency appeal The Bluebell Railway, along with many other businesses in the leisure and heritage sector, has been forced to close to visitors due to the current pandemic.

Coming after the early part of the year when trains are not running, our finances are already at their lowest ebb.

We are therefore urgently appealing for donations to help keep the essential services of the railway running at a time when, unexpectedly, we have no income. In spite of our large volunteer workforce, we are also one of the largest employers in Mid Sussex, and we have many ongoing costs and expenses which do not stop when we're not running trains.

Photo: The Maunsell Q-class makes a dramatic departure from Sheffield Park last Sunday, our last operational day, as it turned out, for some time to come. (Chris Rose)

20 March:
  • News Update Coronavirus Update 11am:
    All train services scheduled for this weekend, including the Mother's Day Specials, have been cancelled.
    Our Customer Services team will contact all customers who have booked tickets for these services.

  • Update 4.30pm: Bluebell Railway is suspending its train services and will be closed until further notice.

    We originally decided to stay open and run a minimal service this weekend with enhanced health protection measures in place, but the national and global situation with coronavirus means we will have to close.

    Bluebell Railway plc chairman Chris Hunford said: "The health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors remains our priority."

    "Some people have been calling up asking if we're open and saying they still intend to travel this weekend although several people have also called asking to defer their bookings. Taking all this into account and the latest Government advice, we have decided to suspend all services this weekend and the railway will close until further notice."

    During the closure, there will be no trains running and the shop and catering outlets will not be open to visitors although the railway's online shop will continue to trade.

    We are keeping the situation under constant review in the coming days and weeks and will assess the situation as it evolves.

    Please see our full statement here.

19 March: Maunsell carriages and Q-class at Sheffield Park - Chris Rose - 15 March 2020
  • Chris Rose's photo shows a quiet Sheffield Park on Sunday, as the Q-class with its three Maunsell carriages prepares to leave with the 11.15 am departure.

  • Latest Coronavirus Update: In common with some other Heritage Railways and visitor attractions outside London, we currently plan to remain open this coming weekend, but only offering a limited service, with one locomotive in steam, hauling two round trips from Sheffield Park to Kingscote (via Horsted Keynes) only, plus afternoon tea trains. This decision is in line with advice from Public Health England, and we have put special measures in place, as outlined here, including the trains being formed of compartment stock, so that each family will be isolated in their own compartment. East Grinstead Station will be closed. As has been the case for the last week, the situation is under constant review, and please check here before travelling to visit us.

    Booking for future events and trains beyond this weekend has been suspended for the present. The Carriage Shop in Platform 1 at Horsted Keynes now joins the Bulleid Shop and our Museum on platform 2 at Sheffield Park in being closed.

    Details of currently planned train times, and the opening hours of our facilities for this weekend, are available here.

  • Three great videos covering the six Bulleid carriages running on the Mid Hants Railway this last weekend: on Saturday hauled by 30925 'Cheltenham' (video by Hils TheTrainLady), all of Saturday's different trains (by 04clemea) and hauled by S15 No. 506 on Sunday (from The Southerner). The four carriages which we loaned to them for Flying Scotsman's visit there are now, I understand, back to the Bluebell.

  • Two further photos taken on Sunday by Chris Rose show the Standard 4 No. 75027 in the running shed at Sheffield Park, and the subway at Horsted Keynes.

75027 on shed at Sheffield Park - Chris Rose - 15 March 2020 Subway at Horsted Keynes - Chris Rose - 15 March 2020

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17 March: Q-class at Sheffield Park - John Sandys - 14 March 2020
  • Right: The SR Maunsell Q-class about to set off from Sheffield Park, with three SR Maunell carriages, on Saturday 14 March (John Sandys)

  • In response to the Prime Minister's COVID-19 statement yesterday evening, it has been decided that our Museum and Bulleid Shop on platform 2 at Sheffield Park are closed as from today.

    The Railway's management will make decisions tomorrow on what further actions/restrictions may be put in place. You can see The Bluebell's current Coronavirus statement here.

16 March: Bulleid 1456 at Ropley, Mid Hants Railway - Richard Salmon - 15 March 2020
  • Recently returned to service at the Mid Hants Railway (although running temporarily with an incomplete interior) is Bulleid open third No. 1456, seen here at Ropley yesterday. The carriage is owned by the Bluebell Railway, but is on a 25-year loan to the Mid Hants, who have rebuilt it completely, with the help of funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and PRISM. No. 1456 is one of the few surviving Bulleid carriages from the 1947 Bournemouth dining sets which had, in addition to the shallow window vents (like our 5768), the skirts partially covering the solebar.

    It, and Mid Hants' own Bulleid brake 4211, were joined by our four operational Bulleid carriages (which provided additional seating capacity over the previous two weekends for the visit there of 'Flying Scotsman') and this weekend was the first occasion since the early 1990s on the Bluebell that a complete train formed of six Bulleid carriages has run. On Sunday they were hauled by LSWR S15 No. 506, as seen at Ropley below. The second photo shows our four carriages.

  • Our Diamond Anniversary book "Bluebell Railway - Sixty Years of Progress" by Colin Tyson, editor of Bluebell News magazine, is now available in our shop, and to order online.

  • News Update Some pictures showing the removal of the backhead fittings from 21C123 in preparation for its boiler removal, taken by John Fry, have been uploaded to the Bulleid Society's web site.

  • An album from Thursday and Saturday: Springtime at Sheffield Park from John Sandys.

  • Some great galleries of photos from Brian Dandridge covering various Bluebell events and locomotives over recent years.

  • The Bluebell Railway has announced the appointment of Paul Lelew as Commercial and Marketing Director.

Mid Hants Railway S15 506 with Bulleid carriages at Ropley - Richard Salmon - 15 March 2020 The Bluebell's Bulleid carriages at Ropley, Mid Hants Railway - Richard Salmon - 15 March 2020

12 March: 65 ready to head north from Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 29 February 2020
  • Brian Lacey's photo shows SECR No. 65 ready to head north from Horsted Keynes on Saturday 29 February.

  • Coronavirus Update: The Bluebell Railway continues to operate and is open to visitors.
    The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our priority and we will take all necessary precautions to ensure their continued welfare.
    Read more in our statement realeased on 11 March.

  • Trains are running this coming weekend to our Service Two (2-train) timetable with locomotives Nos. 80151 and 65 expected to be hauling the passenger serices. They should be joined by No. 30541 hauling the sold-out Golden Arrow Breakfast and Afternoon Tea Trains on Sunday. [Update Friday 13 March - 30541 replaces 65 on passenger services on Saturday]

11 March: TVR 85 being unloaded at Sheffield Park - Colin Tomlins - 11 March 2020
  • Colin Tomlins' photo, taken yesterday afternoon, shows the visiting Taff Vale Railway No. 85 being unloaded at Sheffield Park, in preparation for our forthcoming Branch Line Weekend taking place Friday 3 to Sunday 5 April.

    No. 85 was built in 1899 by Neilson Reid. The Taff Vale Railway largely existed to enable coal mined in the area it served to be taken to Cardiff docks, and was taken over by the GWR in 1922.

    The GWR's standardisation policy led to the locomotive's withdrawal from service in 1927, but fortunately for posterity, in 1929 it was bought by the Lambton, Hetton & Joicey Colliery in County Durham to again haul coal trains between the inland collieries and the coast. On nationalisation of the collieries in 1947 it became NCB No. 52, eventually entering preservation on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in 1970.

    Rebuilt as far as feasible to its original TVR condition by a group of K&WVR volunteers in the 1990's, No. 85 gave good service there up to 2010. An ideal locomotive for the line, it was soon overhauled, returning to service in February 2016. It carries its original fully lined out Taff Vale Railway livery.

9 March: TVR 85 preparing to leave Ingrow - Dan Ward - 9 March 2020
  • Dan Ward's photo on the right shows TVR No. 85 being prepared for loading at Ingrow (K&WVR) this evening. It is one of two locomotives visiting for our 3-5 April Branch Line Weekend.

  • Details of the thanksgiving service for the life or Klaus Marx are now available on the BRPS Members' information page.

  • Peter Skuce visited us on Saturday 7 March to take photographs of and ride behind British Railways Standard 4MT 2-6-4T No. 80151, the results being in this photographic album/gallery. In addition he has updated his gallery dedicated to our carriage fleet, complete with interior shots.

  • Peter Edwards' photo below show Maunsell Q-class No. 30541 approaching Town House Bridge with yesterday's sold-out Golden Arrow Afternoon Tea train. Note the presence at the rear of BR Mk.1 Open First carriage No. 3069 'Sapphire' which joined the train towards the end of last year.
    The other photo (also from Peter) shows the newly installed higher level of ramp in SteamWorks! which will shortly allow access to the footplate of SECR C-class No. 592.

Q-class with Golden Arrow Afternoon Tea train - Peter Edwards - 8 March 2020 New ramp in SteamWorks! for footplate access - Peter Edwards - 8 March 2020

7 March: 65 on arrival at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 7 March 2020
  • Brian Lacey's photo on the right shows SECR O1-class No. 65 having detatched from its train at East Grinstead and commenced its run-round.

  • Keith Duke provides a gallery from today, with the 01 and Standard 4 tank running. In addition, a small group of tractors (plus a Green Goddess and an Austin 7) met up at Sheffield Park before a road run. A quick trip to East Grinstead, both our station and the mainline one are covered along with couple of bus pictures taken there.

  • People are already starting to book for our Christmas 2020 Golden Arrow Pullman Dining Trains!
    Your evening will begin with a festive mulled wine and canapé reception prior to boarding your train. Once on board, sit back and relax in the nostalgic atmosphere and enjoy a delicious 3-course Christmas meal, all served by our attentive staff. Your journey will also include a half hour stop at Horsted Keynes Station to enjoy festive carol singing.

  • John Sandys was also about today, and his photos are available here. Two of his photos below show No. 80151 with the first southbound train of the day, passing through Imberhorne Cutting (showing just how well nature has "greened" the cutting sides since the former rubbish tip was excavated a few years back) and No.65 arriving at East Grinstead with the second train of the day, formed of three 1930s' Southern Railway Maunsell carriages.

80151 southbound in Imberhorne Cutting - John Sandys - 7 March 2020 65 arrives at East Grinstead with Maunsell carriages - John Sandys - 7 March 2020

6 March: No.80151 departing southbound from Kingscote - Brian Lacey - 29 February 2020
  • Brian Lacey's photo from last Saturday shows No. 80151 departing southbound from Kingscote. This locomotive together with No. 65 are planned to be hauling services this coming weekend (timetable here), and the SR Q-class No. 30541 should be hauling the sold-out Golden Arrow Breakfast and Golden Arrow Afternoon Tea trains on Sunday.

  • We are sorry to report that Klaus Marx has passed away. Klaus was one of the founder members, editor of Bluebell News for 35 years, and was our Archivist until 2008. He was a founder member of the former London Area Group and hosted their meetings at the school where he was Headmaster for many years. His magnum opus was his 2001 book detailing the definitive history of our line. [Update: Details of his thanksgiving service now available on the BRPS Members' information page.]

  • News Update The latest report from the Southern Electric Traction Group who are working towards returning the Bluebell-owned 4VEP electric unit 3417 to working order at Strawberry Hill. See also their previous report and funding appeal.

  • Dave Bowles has added some more photos of our S15, taken 11 March 2015, to his website.

  • Update with the positions in the 2019-20 Football Competition as of earlier this week. The competition is raising funds for the forthcoming overhaul of Southern Railway Maunsell Restaurant/Dining First No. 7864.

  • The two photos below from James Young were taken on Tuesday, and show three of our four SR Bulleid designed carriages running on the Mid Hants Railway, where they are adding capacity during the visit by 'Flying Scotsman' to that line. Composite No. 5768 is seen behind BR 4MT 2-6-0 No. 76017 (No. 1464 was also in the same train), and Nos. 2526 & 1482 were hauled by Schools Class No. 30925 'Cheltenham'.

Bulleid carriage 5768 on the Mid Hants Railway - James Young - 3 March 2020 Bulleid carriages 2526 & 1482 on the Mid Hants Railway - James Young - 3 March 2020

2 March: 80151 arrives at Kingscote - Brian Lacey - 29 February 2020
  • Brian Lacey's photo from this Saturday shows No. 80151 arriving at Kingscote from the north.

  • Great to see that we're top of the list on The Sunday Express' "very best spring days out".

  • A reminder that we are running steam trains each weekend in March, and daily from 1 to 19 April. See our timetables here.
    Tickets available in advance or on arrival.

  • During February 2020 there were 42,524 hits from 22,659 unique visitors.

  • The second train this weekend was formed of the SECR O1-class hauling the three SR Maunsell carriages, as seen in Brian's photo below, arriving at the same station, from the south.

65 arrives at Kingscote - Brian Lacey - 29 February 2020

29 February: No.65 arrives at Horsted Keynes - John Sandys - 29 February 2020
  • John Sandys' photo shows the token exchange as SECR No. 65 arrives at Horsted Keynes with the Maunsell carriage set. With quite a mixture of weather this morning including hail, sleet, snow, and glorious sunshine, more of John's photos from are available here.

  • In preparation for planned photo charters the Wednesday Gang (South) has undertaken vegetation clearance work adjacent to the Eye Centre, south of East Grinstead, and also north of Horsted House Farm Bridge, where the team photo below was taken (by David Thair). Despite the abundance of rain, the gang has missed only one working Wednesday, but has had to take great care on the embankments, which have been extremely slippery. At the time of writing the gang has returned once again to Rock Cutting, which needs attention ideally before the season begins, and they expect to be at that location for several weeks.

  • The other two photos below show recent work on Hastings-gauge Maunsell Brake No. 3687. The first of the trimmed quarter-pads, in reproduced green SR jazz-pattern moquette, have been temporarily fitted. The plywood floors of all six compartments have been lifted and painted on their undersides; the second photo shows the exposed sections of the underframe, which had been cleaned and painted 20 years ago, have now been treated to some further coats of paint.

Wednesday Gang (South) at Horsted House Farm Bridge - David Thair - 8 February 2020 First trim in compartment of 3687 - Richard Salmon - 8 February 2020 Floor lifted in compartment of 3687 - Richard Salmon - 19 February 2020

27 February: 80151 being admired at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 22 February 2020
  • Brian Lacey's photo from Saturday shows No. 80151 being admired by some of our visitors at Horsted Keynes.

  • SteamWorks!, our new accessible locomotive exhibition at Sheffield Park, has been given a runner-up award by the Heritage Railway Association in the outstanding visitor attraction category. The awards ceremony was held in Birmingham and Sam Bee (l) and Roger Kelly (r) are pictured below after being presented with the award.

  • Some photos from this morning from John Sandys, including that below showing Bulleid brake No. 2526 loaded ready for transfer to the Mid Hants Railway, on loan to provide additional seating capacity for the period while 'Flying Scotsman' is visiting their line. The original plan had been for the four Bulleid carriages to go by rail, but with the line north of East Grinstead likely to be closed until the end of March following a landslip, the plan now is that two will go today and two tomorrow, by road. The carriages are due to return during the week commencing 16 March.

Sam Bee and Roger Kelly withg the HRA certificate Bulleid 2526 loaded for transfer on loan to the Mid Hants - John Sandys - 27 February 2020

25 February: 80151 arrives at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 22 February 2020
  • More of Brian Lacey's photos from Saturday: here is No. 80151 arriving at Horsted Keynes with the 11am service from East Grinstead.

  • On 15 February we hosted a photographic evening for Timeline Events, with the SECR O1 in steam, the Metropolitan carriages, and a dozen Edwardian re-enactors. Dave Bowles provides a superb gallery here.

  • The photos below (again from Brian) show the S15 arriving at Horsted Keynes, and No. 65 passing through Horsted Keynes with the Wealden Rambler.

S15 No.847 arrives at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 22 February 2020 65 passes through Horsted Keynes with the Wealden Rambler - Brian Lacey - 22 February 2020

24 February: 65 passes through Horsted Keynes with the Wealden Rambler - Brian Lacey - 22 February 2020
  • Half term week has proved to be very popular with our visitors. Here, in Brian Lacey's photo from Saturday, we see No. 65 attracting attention as it passes through Horsted Keynes with the Wealden Rambler Afternoon Tea train.

  • Two more photos from Brian below, with the Southern Railway S15 at the head of six Southern Railway Maunsell and Bulleid carriages, and No. 80151 (with another Maunsell carriage leading) passing one of the four SR-pattern rail-built bracket signals at Horsted Keynes.

S15 No.847 at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 22 February 2020 80151 leaves Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 22 February 2020

22 February: 80151 on viaduct - John Harwood's video - 21 February 2020
  • John Harwood's video includes some great drone shots (complying with our drone use policy) of No. 80151 leaving East Grinstead across the viaduct yesterday during our hugely popular "Kids for a Quid" week which finishes tomorrow.

  • We have three locomotives in steam this weekend. In addition to the two larger locomotives hauling the timetabled passenger services, we have the SECR O1 hauling an Wealden Rambler Afternoon Tea service today and a Sussex Belle lunch train tomorrow.

  • A reminder that rail access on the National Network via East Grinstead is currently provided by a bus replacement service from Lingfield due to a landslip to the north of East Grinstead. A bus from Three Bridges or Haywards Heath is a good alternative to access our line by public transport.

20 February: 847 departs from Horsted Keynes - John Sandys - 20 February 2020
  • Half term week (including our Kids for a Quid special offer) has been going well, although a couple of fallen trees have had to be removed from across the line before the services could run on a couple of days. Passenger numbers have been such that the planned 5-coach set has been strengthened by the addition of 1935-built Southern Railway Maunsell open third No. 1309, and the Q-class replaced with the larger S15 No. 847. The matching Southern olive-green liveried combination is seen here in a still from a video taken by John Sandys earlier today.

  • Looking for an unusual present for someone who's got everything? There's been an update to the Brighton Atlantic Component Sponsorship list, with some additional parts looking for sponsors.

  • In February 2008 we had the GWR Auto Tank No. 1450 as a visitor together with Auto Coach No. 178. Dave Bowles provides some photos by from a day with 1450.

  • John Sandys' photos and videos from yesterday and today include the photo below showing BR 4MT No. 80151 at the head of 6-coach set of Southern Railway Maunsell and Bulleid carriages at East Grinstead.

  • Keith Duke's photos from Monday when the Maunsell Q-class was on the 5-coach Mk.1 set, and is seen waiting to depart from Sheffield Park that day, below.

80151 at East Grinstead - John Sandys - 19 February 2020 -class at Sheffield Park - Keith Duke - 17 February 2020

14 February:
  • News Update An Infrastructure News report, from Bruce Healey, details track relaying work being done at Horsted House Farm Crossing, just north of Horsted Keynes.

    Closing the gap, looking north - Bruce Healey - 12 February 2020 Work started on relaying ten 60-foot track panels on Wednesday 5 February. This spot was chosen for two reasons. Firstly, the foot crossing needed replacing and secondly, the Temporary Speed Restriction (TSR) could be shortened. Whereas the recently completed relay in the cutting at Three Arch Bridge went extremely smoothly, this had a few challenges. In the area of the crossing, the formation was found to be unexpectedly wet and so the decision was taken to underlay this part of the line. A collapsed drain under the formation was found, so two cross drains were put in to replace the blocked one.

    Relaid line looking south - Bruce Healey - 12 February 2020

    The first photo on the right shows the gap about to be closed. In the foreground is the extended ditch at the far end of which is the newly rediscovered catch-pit. The water in the ditch was previously seeping into the area of the formation. This view is looking north from the crossing. The second photo, below shows the relaid section of the line, looking south.

    The work was completed, including tamping, in time for the first train scheduled to run over it today. You can read the full report here.

  • Details of Roger Williams' Funeral are now available on BRPS Members' information page.

  • A landslip north of East Grinstead means National Rail trains are unable to run between East Grinstead and Lingfield until further notice. A rail replacement bus service will be operating between these stations.
    Passengers wishing to join us at our East Grinstead station via National Rail are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and check the National Rail website for regular updates. Alternatively there are regular bus services from Three Bridges to East Grinstead.

13 February: 80151 at Sheffield Park - John Sandys - 13 February 2020
  • John Sandys' photo shows No. 80151 being warmed through ready for services this weekend, when it will run alongside SR Q-class No. 30541 and SECR O1 No. 65.

    The latter locomotive will be in charge of tomorrow's Valentines' Day Afternoon Tea train. It is seen below in another of John Sandys' photos, on today's shunt, where it was used due to the number of carriages being returned from over-winter maintenance at Horsted Keynes. It is attached to a 6-coach set of Southern Railway Maunsell and Bulleid carriages, which will be in daily use over half term week, prior to the four Bulleids going to the Mid Hants Railway to help out during their visit by 'Flying Scotsman'. Also below the Golden Arrow dining set is seen, which has also returned to Sheffield Park after its winter maintenance.

  • Public train services re-start this weekend, with our new Service Two timetable, and two or three locomotives in steam each day over the coming half term week. Don't forget we have our fabulous Kids for a Quid special offer, which applies daily 15-23 February.

  • Dates are now available for photographers to book our updated Lineside Photographic Permit courses, and an explanation of the changes is available here.

  • News Update Last Sunday's eNewsletter has a lot of interesting information about what's happening around the railway. You can subscribe to receive the Newsletter by email here.

  • Dave Bowles' photos of our S15 No. 847 over the years. This year the locomotive will be used lightly, since it is to be withdrawn at some point due to the tyres now nearly being worn down such that they will soon need replacing, which will be done as part of its next overhaul.

65 shunting at Sheffield Park - John Sandys - 13 February 2020 Golden Arrow set at Sheffield Park - John Sandys - 13 February 2020
  • Alex Morley's photos below show recent progress on the exterior of Maunsell Hastings-line brake No. 3687. The refixing of the panelling on the east side was completed over the New Year, and the ends have also now been stripped for repainting. Also note the lowest roof board has been replaced. On the west side, the first green undercoat has been applied, and partly rubbed down. The lowest roof board has also been removed for replacement. In addition, the compartment floors are being lifted to give access to the underframe, to nip any corrosion in the bud and repaint it.
East side of 3687 - Alex Morley - 11 January 2020 West side of 3687 - Alex Morley - 29 January 2020

9 February: 178 at Sheffield Park - John Sandys - 8 February 2020
  • SECR P-class No. 178 has recently had its boiler certificate extended, so it can continue in service through to our forthcoming 60th anniversary celebrations in August.

    John Sandys' photos and videos from Saturday at Sheffield Park include this one showing No. 178 on a Footplate Taster Experience.

  • News Update An update on Operation Undercover Phase 4 (OP4) at Horsted Keynes, with thanks to Barry Luck, is now available on the Infrastructure News page. Two of the photos from that report are shown below.

    With the fitting of the windows and doors to both floors of the Heritage Skills Centre (HSC), the building is now weather-proof, and we can progress with the interior fitting out starting with the trim shop and moquette store (second photo below). We are very grateful for the recent donation which is sufficient to purchase the necessary materials. The full report is available here.

Heritage Skills Centre - Barry Luck - 7 February 2020 Heritage Skills Centre Ground Floor - Barry Luck - 7 February 2020

6 February: Track relaying within sight of Horsted Keynes - Jon Goff - 31 January 2020
  • News Update Track relaying updates:
    A full report of the completion of the work at Three Arch Bridge to the south of Horsted Keynes is awaited, but Jon Goff's photo on the right (taken on 31 January) shows a line of dropped ballast ready for ploughing and tamping on the "extra" panels laid (in bullhead rail) at the north end of the relay, and also shows just how close the end of the job is to Horsted Keynes.

    Horsted House Crossing Track Relay:
    The next piece of track to be re-laid will be a short section that joins onto the November relay north of Leamland. It will be 200 yards long and extends the new track north of Horsted to about 50 yards past Horsted House Farm foot crossing. It will also take another 200 yards off the Temporary Speed Limit (TSR) that currently extends up to Vaux End. Jon Goff's short video was taken on a phone and is from the cab of the 09 running up to the crossing. It bounces around quite a bit anyway when running light engine and this amplifies the effects of the dipped joints etc., causing the camera shake but clearly shows up the difference between the new and the old track.
    The crossing will also be fully renewed together with the eventual replacement of the styles with a kissing gate. This was due to start yesterday if the remaining required sleepers arrived as expected.

  • John Sandys' Photos from today, with the Thursday Shunt taking place at Sheffield Park.

  • Brian Lacey's photo below is another showing P-class No. 178 on Saturday's Footplate Taster.

Video of track north of Horsted - Jon Goff - February 2020 178 at Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 11 February 2020

3 February: 178 at Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 11 February 2020
  • Brian Lacey's photo shows No. 178 on Saturday's Footplate Taster Experience. With the loco facing North and a low sun behind it, he was forced to be inventive, which seems to have worked rather well here!

  • News Update An update from January on the Project 27 Blogspot reporting recent work on P-class No. 27.

  • Dave Bowles has added some pictures from the Sunday of the fondly-remembered Branch Line Weekend of 2007.

  • John Sandys' photos and videos from Thusday and Saturday, including that showing No. 178 below, in a view that may be of interest to model-makers!

  • We sadly have to report the death of one of the longest standing members of our Carriage & Wagon Department, Roger Williams, who died in hospital on Thursday last week. Roger had dedicated most of his 45 years on the Bluebell to leading the restoration and maintenance of our Southern "Bulleid" carriages, along with Mk.1 Corridor Composite No. 16210, probably the first Mk.1 in preservation to have had a full top-to-bottom structural, mechanical and internal overhaul, completed back in October 1991. The recent comprehensive overhaul and rebuild of Bulleid Composite No. 5768 was his crowning achievement, which has just been recognised by winning the Southern Railways Group's Denys Fletcher Award. Dave Clarke's photo below shows Roger fixing new steel panelling on Bulleid 5768 in the early stages of its recent overhaul.
    [Update 14 Feb: Details of his funeral on 10 March are now available]

  • During January 2020 there were 43,884 hits on this page, from 23,647 unique visitors.

178 at Sheffield Park - John Sandys - 1 February 2020 Roger Williams working on 5768 - Dave Clarke - 31 July 2011

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