Bluebell Railway Preservation Society


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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We’ve moved.

The Bluebell Railway’s web presence is being improved and enhanced to provide easier accessibility and navigation.

Instead of several websites serving different groups of people, we are bringing all our content together in one handy place. There will be one Bluebell Railway website catering for the needs of the visiting public and the railway enthusiast.

So if you want to know whether trains are running on a particular day or when one of our operational locomotives was built, all the information will be here at

The website already has all the details of what is happening at the operating company Bluebell Railway plc and will now have news updates and photos of activities by our membership organisation, the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society. Then, in time, the charitable fundraising arm The Bluebell Railway Trust will have its own section on the railway’s one website

One website for One Railway. It has been part of the Society’s plans for many years and merging the websites was a key recommendation of the Governance Review. Now it’s happening.

None of the current content on the BRPS ( website will be lost. Indeed communications will, if anything, be enhanced both in terms of information and timeliness.

You won’t be losing anything because all the existing content is in the process of being transferred across – a lot of it is already there so please take a look. Society matters are below on this page.

There’ll also be a new blogs section with contributions from all areas of the Bluebell Railway – Loco Works, Carriage Works, Infrastructure, Atlantic and OP4 are here already, in addition to the original What’s New/Blog.

Enjoy the updated web presence.

Please Donate CV Emergency Appeal progress


  The Bluebell Railway is a not-for-profit organisation, with no financial reserves. The Appeal is to enable us to re-engage our skilled staff and volunteers to get the railway "back to normal" after the lock-down, since we will be facing a period with lower than normal income, whilst our normal running costs will still have to be met.


Please donate generously to ensure our survival at this difficult time.


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Floreat Vapor - May 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 26 July 2020 by Richard Salmon