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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 Withdrawal of the Class started in the early 1990’s – 50035 being withdrawn in August 1990 and 50049 a year later. 50049 Defiance was the last passenger diesel powered locomotive built for British Rail and 50035 Ark Royal was the first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 . Tickets for this trip are £30pp  are limited and must be pre-booked. Price will include a drink and breakfast roll . Ring 01825 720800 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.

 Diesel Gala 2017 – Catering

On Train


  • Set A – Buffet counter service in RMB 1818

  • Set B – Real Ale bar “At the sign of the White Horse” and hot food menu available in 1674

  • Set C – Buffet counter service in RMB 1838


    Sheffield Park


    Bessemer Arms Open

    Friday 31st March              08:00 – 23:00      Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (hot plate)

    Saturday 16th April           08:00 – 23:00      Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (Pie and Mash)

    Sunday 17th April              08:00 – 18:30      Breakfast & Lunch

  • Bar Open 10:00 (10:30 Sunday) until closing time

  • Breakfast 8:00 – 11:30

  • Lunch 12:00 – 15:30

  • Friday Dinner 19:00 – 21:00 from the hotplate

  • Saturday – Pie and Mash 19:00 – 21:00


    Ice Cream Kiosk – Sheffield Park

    Ice Cream, Hot Snacks, Pasties & Hot Dogs


Horsted Keynes

Refreshment Rooms Open from 08:30 until 6pm

  • Bar Open 11:00 until closing time

  • Breakfast Rolls 9:00 – 11:30

  • Light Lunch/Hot Snacks 12:00 – 15:30


Pasty Shack – Platform 1/2 bottled drinks, tea/coffee and selection of Pasties and hot snacks.  Open 11:00 – 17:00 daily.



Well House Kiosk & Beer Tent Open 10:30 – 17:00. Hot drinks and snacks and ice cream (usual offering) Real Ale beer tent.

East Grinstead

The Grinsteade Buffet Car open from 08:30 until 18:30 each day Hot & Cold Drinks and Snacks. Bacon rolls will be available from 08:30.










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


All Line Adult 3rd £25.00
All Line Child 3rd £12.50
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