The Bluebell Railway - Rails and Buffer Stops

The Bluebell Railway was the first preserved standard gauge passenger railway in the United Kingdom, re-opening part of the Lewes to East Grinstead line in 1960 which was once part of the London Brighton & South Coast Railway. The preservation of this fine country branch line is outstanding, with its steam locomotives, coaches, goods stock, signalling, stations and operating practices taking you back to a bye-gone era.

During March 2013 the railway achieved the long standing goal of opening the running line from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead with the opening of the new station from the south. This was after much fund raising to clear the landfill waste from the Imberhorn tip with the major involvement of the volunteers and members. The railway continues to evolve with major projects completed like the Sheffield Park carriage shed and museum on platform two, proving that even after fifty years of operations there is no standing still.

As well as regular running days there are several special events each year which run a more intensive service and offer additional features. If you feel you may like to become a volunteer at the railway why not join one of the special volunteer open days to get a feel of the various jobs on offer around the railway.