The Bluebell Railway

The Bluebell Railway was formed in 1959 out of the Lewes and East Grimstead Railway Preservation Society, in response to a British Railways' demand that an unincorporated body could not operate a Light Railway Order to run trains over the old Lewes and East Grimstead railway line. The line's proximity to London has meant a solid operational front, and on the day that I was there in mid (winter) January 1981, there were goodly numbers of volunteers at work around the line.

Richard Salmon maintains the Bluebell Railway web site, which now has a link to my pages. The Bluebell may also be visited via an alias at http://visitweb.com/bluebell (19990616:170749)

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  • Date : 18 Jan 1981
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11327
  • Description : Primrose, originally built for the South East and Cheatham Railway, but which also saw service in the BR, lies waiting for restoration at its current home, the Bluebell Railway.


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  • Date : 14 Dec 1980
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11337
  • Description : ex London, Brighton and South Coast Railway'sFenchurchtakes water at Horsted Keynes.


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  • Date : 14 Dec 1980
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11345
  • Description : A general view of a wet Sheffield Park withFenchurchshunting in the background.


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  • Date : 18 Jan 1981
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11326
  • Description : In the running shed at Sheffield Park, the Wainwright C Class Preservation Society's 592 waits for a sunny day and service on the Bluebell Railway.


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  • Date : 14 Dec 1980
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11332
  • Description : A Southern Railways S15 4-6-0, designed by Maunsell, and first introduced in 1927, tractive effort of 29,855 lb.


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  • Date : 19 Jan 1981
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11328
  • Description : A Southern Railways' U class 2-6-0 in the sheds at Sheffield Park.


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  • Date : 14 Dec 1980
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11334
  • Description : A 4-4-0,Earl of Berkeley, built at Swindon for the Great Western Railway in 1938, and a sister engine to the famousCity of Truro.


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  • Date : 18 Jan 1981
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11325
  • Description : A war-time US-built 0-6-0T prepares her train ready for departure at the Bluebell Railway on a cold and wet day in mid-January 1981. This engine is a sister engine to72-1.


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  • Date : 14 Dec 1980
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11341
  • Description : Shunting at Horsted Keynes.


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  • Date : 14 Dec 1980
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11348
  • Description : The photographer's son stands entranced by 30064 as she shunts at Sheffield Park.


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  • Date : 18 Jan 1981
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11349
  • Description : The photographer's son stands entranced by 30064 as she shunts at Sheffield Park.


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  • Date : Sep 2001, catalogued 29 Mar 2003
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : digital camera, image location 100-0020_IMG
  • Description : This is 0-6-0T 3F class USA loco number 30064 at the Bluebell Railway in Sussex. Introduced in 1942 and of US Army Transport Corps design with a few modifications and purchased in 1946 and used on the UK's Southern Region.


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  • Date : 14 Dec 1980
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11346
  • Description : More shunting at Sheffield Park.


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  • Date : 18 Jan 1981
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11354
  • Description : Double heading withFenchurchand aUSAclass on the Bluebell Railway.


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  • Date : 14 Dec 1980
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11335
  • Description : The great Stanier, on seeing the rather curious Q1 class for the first time, is reputed to have asked Bulleid "Where do you wind it up?". The Q1 class were built in 1942 as war time austerity locomotives, and as such, had a very austere appearance! The loco has now (2005) returned to theNational Rail Museumat York.


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  • Date : Aug 1999, catalogued 01 Jan 2001
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Stewart writes:
    This is a Bulleid on the Bluebell Railway in August 1999. Using the Heritage Railways web site identifies it as 33001 normally living at the National Railway Museum at York but now at the Bluebell Line. They have a great website and a page devoted to this loco.
    Hmmm. Personally, I can't get over those two valve nipples peeping out from below the Q1's blouse ....


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  • Date : 24 Apr 2000, catalogued 01 Jan 2001
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Stewart writes:
    Here's a wheel from the Bulleid Q1 class. I know you like these. As nice as those Boxpok wheels on K190? K190-2 (love that photograph by the way!) Dare I say I think these are nicer?


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  • Date : 18 Jan 1981, catalogued 10 Apr 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11350
  • Description : Not the best of angles, but one of the best of Angleterre Steam: an unrebuilt West Country classBlackmore Valeat Sheffield Park. See also The Bluebell Bulleid Page


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  • Date : 18 Jan 1981
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11330
  • Description : A rebuilt Battle of Britain class,Sir Archibald Sinclair, under restoration at Sheffield Park.


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  • Date : 18 Jan 1981
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11331
  • Description : The classic BR steam locomotive: a "Standard Five", Camelot , one of 172 such locomotives built in the 1950s at both Derby and Doncaster. These locos were a development of the "Black Five" LMS loco, and were very popular with footplate crews.


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  • Date : Aug 1999, catalogued 02 Sep 2000
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium :
  • Description : This is BR Standard Locomotive 4-6-0 no: 75027 built in the early 1950's and now running on the Bluebell Railway in Southern England. Picture taken in August 1999.


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  • Date : Aug 1999, catalogued 02 Sep 2000
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : digital image
  • Description : The wheels and valve gear of 75027.


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  • Date : 2002, catalogued 04 Oct 2003
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Stewart writes:
    75027 taken at Sheffield Park


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  • Date : 14 Dec 1980
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11333
  • Description : Another classic British Railways 4MT 4-6-2T tank, seen here in the running sheds at Sheffield Park.


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