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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Jewel in the Corwn Appeal

The Jewel in the Crown Appeal aims to raise at least £500,000 to help in the restoration of Horsted Keynes station, which has featured in scores of TV programmes and films, to repair leaking roofs and replace rotting beams at the Grade II-listed station.

The Railway’s appeal co-ordinator Trevor Swainson said: “The station buildings were built in Victorian times and are now showing signs of wear and tear. We view Horsted Keynes as our ‘jewel in the crown’ and we hope this appeal puts the sparkle back into the station.”


Please donate generously to help put the sparkle back into Horsted Keynes Station.


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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 4 October 2021 by Richard Salmon