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Bluebell Railway

 

The Bluebell Railway is a heritage line running for 11 miles (17.7 km) along the border between East and West Sussex and is run by the Blue Railway Preservation Society. It uses steam trains which operate between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead, with intermediate stations at Horsted Keynes & Kingscote.

The first preserved standard gauge steam-operated passenger railway organisation in the world to operate a public service, the Society ran its first train on 7 August 1960, less than three years after the line from East Grinstead to Lewes had been closed by British Railways.  On 23 March 2013, the Bluebell Railway commenced running through to its new East Grinstead terminus station.  At East Grinstead there is a connection to the UK National Network, the first connection of the Bluebell Railway to the national network (in 50 years) since the Horsted Keynes – Haywards Heath line closed in 1963.

Today, the railway is managed and run largely by volunteers. Having preserved a number of steam locomotives even before the cessation of steam service on British mainline railways in 1968, today it has the second-largest collection (over 30) of steam locomotives in the UK after the National Railway Museum.  The Society also has a collection of almost 150 carriages and wagons, most of them pre-1939.

(Text taken from Wikipedia).

 

For more information see either of the following two sites:  Bluebell Railway 1 or Bluebell Railway 2.

Engine Bluebell

Engine Bluebell

Decoupling an Engine

Decoupling an Engine

Engine Retreating

Engine Retreating

Main Platform

Main Platform

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