It’s full steam ahead as Bluebell Railway meets the challenges of the new era of social distancing!

Find out what new measures we have put into place to make your visit safe and enjoyable HERE

Steaming through 60

60 years on from opening the first heritage steam railway of its kind in the UK, we have reimagined a brand new service for brand new times.  The new named trains pay homage to our long history of running preserved steam and are a nod to the early days of our ‘pioneer line’, as it was once known.

A steam train ride through Sussex countryside

Make your steam dreams come true with either a table in the spacious comfort of our restaurant cars or a trip in your own private compartment with your family.  All of our services are limited and in demand, so don’t leave it too late to book your tickets!

If you have visited before, you will find things are a little different – but still great!

Due to the demands of social distancing, all our services begin and end at either Sheffield Park Station or Horsted Keynes Station.  There is plenty of parking at these stations and the space to make your day relaxed and fun.

Please note: If you would like to use a Gift Voucher purchased from our Shop to book your tickets, you will need to call our Customer Services team to book: 01825 720800.



A steam train ride – you can add food too!


A special train for a special year!


Explore Bluebell Railway on and off the rails!


A ploughman’s or cream tea lunch


A delicious meal on an historic train


A delicious supper on board our supper special


A traditional afternoon tea


Come and join us for our pie & mash train!


Scones for you and jam for me!


Solve the mystery and enjoy a three-course meal


A train ride and curry supper


When you arrive

The Government has announced that changes came into force in England on Monday 14 September limiting the number of people who can meet socially. It is against the law to meet people you do not live with in a group larger than six unless you are meeting as a household or support bubble.

This means visitors to the Bluebell Railway have to be in groups of six people or fewer unless you are visiting as a household or support bubble which is larger than six.

Upon arrival we will be asking all visitors to confirm who they are, how many people are in their group and confirm that they comply with the new law on group sizes.

In line with Government policy and advice, we would like all visitors, except those exempt, to wear face coverings in our busy public areas e.g. in and around the station buildings, on platforms and when getting on or off our trains please.  Once seated on a dining train or within the bubble of your own compartment, you may remove face coverings. We have reduced the onboard seating capacity on dining trains to allow for social distancing.

All of our services have a departure time.  We ask that people arrive for their booked service 20 minutes before the train leaves.  We don’t want you standing for a long time in a socially distanced queue.  Boarding will be approximately 10 minutes before departure. If you are early, we encourage you to wait in your car or make use of our picnic area and green spaces located near the main carparks.

There will be no access to the station before that time.  If you need to use the toilet facilities, the station building toilets will be available – just ask a member of staff at the entrance to the station house.

Find out what other changes have been made for additional hygiene and safety measures here.

Eating and drinking

For now, The Bessemer Arms at Sheffield Park and platform seating is closed, but the Kiosk on Platform 1 is open.  We have put extra seating in our riverside picnic area.  Also, there will be a convenient pop-up kiosk for those who have already left the station or are waiting for entry, located next to the main approach at the station house.

Pre-order food and drink

Travelling on The Pioneer?  Take the hassle out of the day and do it in style! Pre-book a hygienically pre-packed picnic for the train!  Add food and drink options when you book and have your order waiting for you as you board your compartment.

Things to see and do

At Sheffield Park Station, the railway museum and SteamWorks!, an interactive exhibition showcasing  the science and history of steam and some of our impressive collection of locomotives, are both open with one-way systems in place and enhanced cleaning schedules.  If you are travelling on The Pioneer, you will have time to visit these after your journey.  For The Rocket and Cream Tea Riviera, there will be a stop of approximately 30 minutes at Sheffield Park to look around.

At Kingscote, the paddock will be open and is a great place to view the locomotive as it runs round.  To respect the safety of our footplate crew, there will be no access to the footplate or within their working space – so this is a good spot for photographs.  The children’s playground and the kiosk will be open. The toilet facilities will be open and will benefit from enhanced cleaning schedules.

One-way system

Please observe the strict one-way system in force.  However, this should not impede the enjoyment of your day, merely enhance your safety.

See our Covid-19 Safety FAQs here.

Visitor FAQs