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Diesel Weekend


This year's Diesel gala will be held over the weekend of 31st March 1st/2nd April. A timetable is now available and can be downloaded-please see below.This year we have 2 Class 50 locomotives being 50035 Ark Royal, 50049 Defiance operating over the weekend. Owned by the Class 50 Alliance Ltd and normally resident at the Severn Valley Railway, the 2 locomotives will travel to the Bluebell Railway in Sussex via the National Rail Network . Entering service in August 1968 and December 1968 respectively Ark Royal and Defiance are 2 of the 50 originally built by English Electric between 1967/8 as Type 4 diesels later to become BR Class 50’s. The 50 theme continues with 2017 representing 50 years since the first of this class was built. Withdrawal of the Class started in the early 1990’s – 50035 being withdrawn in August 1990 and 50049 a year later. 50049 Defiance was the last passenger diesel powered locomotive built for British Rail and 50035 Ark Royal was the first of its class to be preserved. A Class 50 has not visited the Bluebell Railway in the past. Also visiting will be   BR Type 3 Class 37 No.D6700. Now part of the National Railway Museum’s collection this locomotive will arrive at the Bluebell via our connection with Network Rail at East Grinstead. Built in 1960 by the English Electric Company at their Vulcan Foundry this was the first of the 309 produced. Currently carrying BR Green livery it is anticipated that D6700’s duties will include the hauling of the Beer EX evening special planned for Saturday April 1st.

 Early morning full line brake van rides behind our class 09 will depart Sheffield Park at 8.10am including a trip down the Ardingly Siding on the return leg. Tickets for this ride are limited and must be pre-booked. Price will include a drink and breakfast roll . Ring 01825 72080 to book your space.

Driver for a fiver at Horsted Keynes station will be running on the Saturday and Sunday only.

Trade stands will on offer for anyone who would like to come along. There will be a pitch fee. Please contact our Sales Office on 01825 720800 for more information.








  • Mar 31, 2017
  • Apr 1, 2017
  • Apr 2, 2017


All Line Adult 3rd £25.00
All Line Child 3rd £8.50
All Line Family 3rd  
All Line Adult 1st  
All Line Child 1st  
All Line Members Adult 3rd  
All Line Members Child 3rd  
All Line Members Family 3rd