Bluebell Railway Preservation Society

A Company Limited by Guarantee.  Registered in England, Number 13745313


The volunteer-run Bluebell Railway was the UK’s first preserved standard gauge passenger railway, re-opening part of the Lewes to East Grinstead line of the old London Brighton & South Coast Railway in 1960. Since then it has developed into one of the largest tourist attractions in Sussex, yet it still remains true to its objectives of the preservation for posterity of a country branch line, its steam locomotives, coaches and goods stock, signalling systems, stations and operating practices.

The Society, and thus its Trustees and members, own a majority shareholding in the Railway (a not-for profit company), and set the overall policy of the Railway.

The Bluebell Railway has grown through the strength of its members which now totals over 10,000. As the railway continues to develop there is a need for more members and volunteers to achieve its aims and objectives.

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Notices for BRPS Members

Society AGM
Sheffield Park Station, Saturday 15th June 2024 commencing at 4pm.
Members will have received notice of this meeting, and a Call for Nominations (deadline 31 March) with the Winter 2023 edition of Bluebell News.
The following BRPS AGM documents are in the post but are published here as PDF downloads as a backup and for the benefit of members, especially those overseas:
     BRPS AGM Document 2024 (revised 5 June 2024 **) and Members’ Day events and Social evening
     Combined Report and Accounts Booklet 2023
     BRPS Proxy Voting Form.
             Gavin Bennett


** Due to an unfortunate error, the wrong election statement and photograph was published in the AGM document for one of the candidates. All the statements are re-issued to avoid drawing attention to a single candidate.
These are included in the revised document, online, and have been sent by post to members.

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Floreat VaporMay Steam Flourish (or literally, “flower”)

The Bluebell Railway was granted a shield, reproduced at the head of this page, in its early days.
The shield shows the arms of the Earl of Sheffield, those of the Lords of the Manor of Horsted Keynes,
and of the towns of East Grinstead and Lewes.

splash The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Last updated 5 June 2024 by Richard Salmon