Sunny Days On The Bluebell Railway

Sat. 17th June 2006

The Merchant Navy Locomotive Preservations Society‘s AGM was held at Sheffield Park station, so I took my camera with me and made a day of it. I started at Horsted Keynes, moved down to Sheffield Park for the meeting, and rounded off the day (with permission) by the line side at the top of Freshfield Bank. (9:19)

Sat. 4th November 2006

The weather forecast looked really good, there was no mainline tour in the south, and I’d heard on the grapevine that there would be five locomotives in steam and lots of vintage carriages. Since I’d never filmed nor ridden on the northern section of the line, I decided to concentrate on this part. I started at Horsted Keynes again, took a ride up to Kingscote, then walked up the footpath beside the line from HK. I finished off with a couple of shots around Sharpthorne tunnel and the site of West Hoathley station (now demolished).  (18:32)

More details of the locos and carriages are available on the Bluebell web-site.


LBSCR A1X “Terrier” 0-6-0T, no. 55 Stepney, shuttling up and down Horsted Keynes station with a footplate experience course, and hauling two superb 4-wheeled carriages.

LBSCR A1X “Terrier” 0-6-0T, no. 672 Fenchurch on footplate experience duties at Horsted Keynes.

SR U 2-6-0, no. 1638 with a rake of Pullman cars.

SR West Country 4-6-2, no. 21C123 Blackmore Vale with a mix of Bulleid and BR Mark 1 bogie coaches.

SECR O1 0-6-0, no. 65 with two different rakes of vintage bogie carriages: one is a mix of older Southern Railway stock and the LNWR observation saloon; the other is a superb matching set of 3 Metropolitan Railway non-corridor carriages.

BR Standard Class 4 2-6-4T, no. 80151 (running as 80154) hauling a mix of Bulleid and BR Mark 1 bogie coaches.


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