The Bluebell Railway


Attributes:
East Grinstead
Horsted Keynes
Kingscote
Museums
Railways
Sheffield Park
Vintage Steam


Title: The Bluebell Railway
Description: Starting with only two steam engines and two carriages, August 1960 saw the Bluebell Railway become the first volunteer run preserved railway to operate a passenger service. A museum, restaurant and real ale bar can be found at the southern terminus, Sheffield Park Station.

Address: Sheffield Park Station, , , East Sussex
Post Code: TN22 3QL

Further Information:
Starting with only two steam engines and two carriages, August 1960 saw the Bluebell Railway become the first volunteer run preserved railway to operate a passenger service. Now comprising of more than thirty steam engines and over one hundred carriages, a vintage bus links the mainline station at East Grinstead to the Bluebell Railway's northern terminus at Kingscote. There are plans to extend the line all the way to East Grinstead and so replace the bus service. Originally owned by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway, the line has been used in a number of period dramas and films.

A museum, restaurant and real ale bar can be found at the southern terminus, Sheffield Park Station, which was built in 1882 and still features oil lamps and period advertisements. Climbing the 200 feet (61 metres) from the Ouse valley, the trains pass through magnificent countryside during their 30-minute ride to Kingscote.

In between Kingscote and Sheffield Park Stations is Horsted Keynes. Looking more like a country house than a station building, it is comprised of five platforms; passengers are protected from the elements by iron and timber canopies, which are covered in glass. Hugh in size, this magnificent station is unusual - it is set in the middle of nowhere.