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Monday, 25 August 2014

Bluebell Railway





The Bluebell railway is a heritage line running for 11 miles from Sheffield Park in Sussex to East Grinstead where it links up with British Rail. The trains are operated by steam.






If only the fares were that cheap now. This sign is in 'old money' (before decimalisation) and 1st class would have cost just over 40p. Today a first class ticket costs £22   I had arrived too late to go for a ride so I had a look around the station instead.






It is run totally by dedicated volunteers. Alongside the station is a large shed where trains are being repaired and brought back to life.











The signal box.






Although I wasn't able to go for a ride on a train I was in the station to see this one arrive.

















When it stopped at the platform I noticed this door hadn't been closed so I jumped inside to take a quick photo of the interior of the carriage.
Brought back memories of times gone by with the corridors running the length of the carriage and doors leading off to the seating compartments.




















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31 comments:

  1. I do love trains and what great old ones these are!! Wonderful captures for the day!! Thanks for sharing!! Have a great week!!

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  2. Great photos and fascinating to see old trains and all the gear that goes with them. There is a heritage rail line not far from here and it is a very popular attraction.

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  3. Oh How I love TRAINS.. My Dad worked for the railroad --and we traveled by train for years --many many years ago... I love the old steam trains also--and we take the steam train up the mountain when when we go to West VA...SO much fun...

    I loved seeing your old trains too.... SO neat!! Thanks.
    Hugs
    Betsy

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  4. Very beautiful. Glad to see this heritage preserved.

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  5. I love old steam trains! Nice to see they are still up and running.

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  6. Nice to to have the old trains running, even if for short excursions. Wonderful shots of the trains and station!

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  7. Great, fantastic steam train. I love it. I have had remembered that steam train from my childhood.

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  8. Now those are what I call trains ~ Beautiful post and photography ~ Happy Week to you!

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  9. Wow! That is such a great thing they are doing with those old trains. I laughed at the sign about spitting. :-)

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  10. What fun! Good for you for jumping in the open door!
    What do you call in good English the driver of a train? I just posted about that and was not sure how to translate.

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  11. I love the old steam trains. It was great you were able to take a peek inside. Wonderful series Bluebell Rainway.. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

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  12. I love trains and trains stations. In a way our posts are similar with mine being on a local classic car show.

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  13. What fun, and once you got inside, I bet you were tempted to stow away! I remember those compartments well as a kid, for some reason especially being taught to count in Italian since my family was sharing a car with an Italian gentleman.

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  14. How neat! Love all the old trains.

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  15. What an awesome station - I'd love to ride one of those old trains.

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  16. Very fascinating place, brings the child in you out! :)
    Great series!

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  17. Thanks for your answer. Now I know that train driver is actually used and is not just translationese.

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  18. Oh, I love the Bluebell Railway! Nice shots.

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  19. Fortunately you were late otherwise you couldn't have taken these interesting pictures Nice excursion into the past !

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  20. Have to admit it is a place I have wanted to visit for a long time

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  21. What a pity you missed the train but you used your visit to capture for us these lovely pics. My! didn't they travel in Style.

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  22. Nice post, times have really changed for railways when you see the old steam engines..

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  23. it is so wonderful they save and tend to the old trains. Loved to see it all. Thanks!

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  24. Great looking place - there really is something different about steam trains.

    The spitting sign reminded me of a story my father used to tell - apparently there was a sign on the trams (?) in Plymouth that read "Gentlemen do not spit, others must not" - which I rather like!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  25. Happy memories, more expensive than our local steam train.

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  26. I love trains. Great sequence of shots.

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  27. WOW! This must be a very active volunteer group!

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  28. What a delightful visit to a charming old station! We have an ice cream by the name of Bell Bell in Texas!

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  29. Just commenting again. ....trying to figure out what happened to my Blogger profile pic?

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