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The Bluebell Railway - on Tuesday 19th June

Organiser : Julie Mills com9@shrets.co.uk Club mobile (on the day only) 07810 494624

Coach leaves North Harbour at 10.30am and return at 3.30pm

Cost £25 p.p

Closing date: 30th April

Bluebell Railway with Ploughman's lunch (included)

The Bluebell Railway was one of the first preserved heritage lines in the country resulting in one of the finest collections of vintage steam locomotives and carriages many of which were preserved straight out of service from British Railways.

The Bluebell Railway commenced train services in August 1960 and now runs trains on a 22 mile return trip between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead. Recreating trains from the 1880’s through to the 1960’s The Bluebell Railway is popular with film and television productions, especially Horsted Keynes, which has been seen regularly on television and in films, including Downton Abbey, Muppets Most Wanted movie and Churchill’s Secret.

We start our train journey at Sheffield Park Station which was built in 1882 by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway.
The Bluebell Railway has restored this station in the style of the Brighton era in the 1880s.
The station was really built to serve Lord Sheffield who owned the large house and estate about a mile away. Lord Sheffield was a great supporter of Cricket and the “Sheffield Shield” is still played for today in Australia.Whilst offering scheduled steam train journey you can relax with a Ploughman’s Lunch on board the train from Sheffield Park, which is included in the cost.

Whilst at Sheffield Park station the new museum, open on platform 2 and is well worth a visit. Explore the treasures and read all about our railway from its beginnings in 1882 through to the Bluebell Railway of the present day.

The highlight of any visit to the Bluebell is a viewing of our fantastic collection of locomotives and carriages. From platform 1 you can wander through the locomotive shed and view at close quarters the steam engines waiting their next turn of duty. See if you can see our oldest locomotive “Fenchurch” built in 1872, or his younger brother “Stepney” who appears in the famous Thomas the Tank Engine story books.

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