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The Bluebell Railway is a 11 mi (17.7 km) heritage line almost entirely in West Sussex in England. It is managed by the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society. It uses steam trains which operate between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead, with intermediate stations at Horsted Keynes and Kingscote.

The first preserved standard gauge steam-operated passenger railway 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 started to run through to its new East Grinstead terminus station. At East Grinstead there is a connection to the national rail 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 they stopped running on British mainline railways in 1968, today it has over 30 steam locomotives - the largest collection in the UK after the National Railway Museum. The Bluebell also has almost 150 carriages and wagons, most of them pre-1939

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Bluebell Railway
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  • Take a trip up and down a heritage railway line on The Bluebell Railway between East Grinstead and Sheffield Park
  • See some lovingly restored steam trains, both in use and at one of the largest collections in the UK
The Bluebell Railway is a heritage line running along the border between East and West Sussex, taking you through beautiful scenery while you sit in a lovingly preserved steam train carriage. With the second largest collection of steam trains and carriages in the UK, there’s plenty for fans of the steam engine to take a look at. The various stations en-route have been restored to show different periods of the railway's life, so you’ll be taking a trip through time as you travel between 1960s East Grinstead and 1920s Sheffield Park
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Reviewed today
lovely day out

travelled on the bluebell railway and had a excellent experience. Allowed to take our dog who was issued a ticket with her name on it. Nothing was rushed and could sit back and enjoy the day. Thank you to all your staff.

Thank deniseedgar
Reviewed yesterday
Very good nostalgia day out

Went on the railway just up and down the line, but the countryside is good to travel through and the speed gives a feeling of times gone by. All the staff were friendly and helpful in making the day enjoyable. As a bonus there was...More

Thank raymondb944
Reviewed yesterday
Step Back in Time

My Fiance surprised me with a trip on the Bluebell Railway and it was a lovely day out. We upgraded to first class when we arrived because as far as im aware you cannot purchase these tickets online. There is only a first or third...More

Thank KellyJames2015
Reviewed yesterday
Chuffed to bits

We have visited a lot of Heritage Steam Railways but have to say that the Bluebell Line is one of the best. From the rolling stock of preserved engines and carriages, the immaculate stations and the brilliant museum at Sheffield Park Station it was a...More

Thank Sandie A
Reviewed yesterday
Birthday celebration on the Golden Arrow Pullman

You have to book early ! This was a birthday celebration, travelling from Essex to meet friends at Sheffield Park Station where Pullman Dining Car Christine was waiting for us to enjoy a welcome glass of champagne (extra,not cheap) then a superb four course a...More

Thank Mike S
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