Giants of Steam Autumn Gala




Thundering giants join our home fleet locos for our annual autumn gala!

Our 2022 Giants of Steam event will be taking place from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 October.

Raising Standards at Bluebell Railway

Join us for this year’s Giants of Steam when we will be celebrating Robert Riddles’ contribution to post-war steam locomotion.

The Stars of our Show

Featuring mixed-traffic locomotives from all over the regions of British Railways.

Visiting Locomotives

We are pleased to announce that we will be joined by Standard 5mt No.73156 from the Great Central Railway and Standard 4MT Mogul No.76017 from the Mid Hants Railway. These two very popular locomotives are a welcome addition to our gala fleet and we look forward to seeing them in action on our railway!

  Photo Credit: James Corben


Home Fleet Heroes

Standard 5mt No.73082 ‘Camelot’

Photo Credit: Peter Edwards

Overhauled and returned to service in 2021, this much-loved engine will feature largely in the gala alongside stablemate Standard 4mt Tank No. 80151.

.    Photo Credit:James Batcheler

Photo Credit:Kenny Felstead

Both locomotives are regular sights at the Bluebell Railway and are extremely popular among visitors and enthusiasts and for good reason. Reliable, economical and impressive – they cut striking black figures against the backdrop of the High Weald.

The Supporting Cast

Contemporaries of the Period: Maunsell Q Class No.30541. This is a sole survivor of its class of 20 locomotives built and a regular and reliable freight locomotive from the Southern region. Still in regular use on our passenger services at the Bluebell Railway as part of the home fleet.

. Photo Credit: Tony Page

Photo Credit: Steve Lee

No. 6989 ‘Wightwick Hall’. An interloper from the west and an on loan visitor to the Bluebell Railway, a superb example of an excellent multi-purpose locomotive which performed both passenger and freight duties during its BR career. One of only six in preservation. Kindly on loan from the Buckinghamshire Steam Centre.

Advance Admission Prices

GOS22 – ADV Travel + Event – Adult £37.00
GOS22 – ADV Travel + Event – Child £18.50
GOS22 – ADV Travel + Event – Family £90.00
GOS22 – ADV Travel + Event – Carer Free
GOS22 – ADV Travel + Event – BRPS Adult £18.50
GOS22 – ADV Travel + Event – BRPS Child £9.25
GOS22 – ADV Travel + Event – BRPS Family £45.00
GOS22 – ADV Travel + Event – BRPS Life Free

On The Day Admission Prices

GOS22 – Travel + Event – Adult £41.00
GOS22 – Travel + Event – Child £20.50
GOS22 – Travel + Event – Family £99.00
GOS22 – Travel + Event – Carer Free
GOS22 – Travel + Event – BRPS Adult £20.50
GOS22 – Travel + Event – BRPS Child £10.25
GOS22 – Travel + Event – BRPS Family £49.50
GOS22 – Travel + Event – BRPS Life Free

Platform Admission Prices - entry to all 4 stations (On the Day only)

GOS22 -Platform Admission  (All Stations) Adult £10.00
GOS22 -Platform Admission (All Stations) Child £5.00
GOS22 -BRPS Platform Admission (All Stations) Adult, Child or Family Free

Platform Admission Prices- East Grinstead & Kingscote
(On The Day Only)

GOS22 -Platform Admission Adult East Grinstead only £2.00
GOS22 -Platform Admission Child East Grinstead only £1.00
GOS22 -BRPS Member Platform Admission East Grinstead only Free
GOS22 -Platform Admission Adult Kingscote only £2.00
GOS22 -Platform Admission Child Kingscote only £1.00
GOS22 -BRPS Member Platform Admission Kingscote only Free



  • Proof of discount eligibility will be required to be shown on the day of travel.
  • Heritage Railway reciprocal discounts are available for this event – please select BRPS Member rate tickets
  • We regret TOC discounts are not applicable to this event


  • Children under 3yrs (and babies) travel for free and don’t need a ticket
  • Tickets are valid for the date specified on the ticket only
  • Advance tickets are valid for 3rd class travel only – first class upgrades are available on the day from the station booking office (subject to availability)

Food and drink:

  • Bessemer Arms and platform kiosk at Sheffield Park Station
  • George V Buffet at Horsted Keynes Station 
  • Wellhouse at Kinsgcote Station 
  • Grinsteade Buffet at East Grinstead Station


  • There are toilets at each of our stations.
  • There are toilets on some of our trains – please ask station staff for advice on which trains these are available.
  • Baby changing facilities are available at each of our stations, but not on our trains


  • Sheffield Park Station – free parking at the station
  • Horsted Keynes Station – free parking at the station
  • Kingscote – NO parking is available at this station
  • East Grinstead – free blue badge parking (5 spaces). Public parking in East Grinstead


  • We are pleased to offer a specially adapted area for wheelchair users on some services during this event. Please call our Customer Service Team on 01825 720800 for further information.
  • If you or a member of your party have mobility issues and would like to travel during this event, please call our Customer Service Team on 01825 720800 who will be happy to discuss your requirements with you
  • Accessible toilets are available at each station, but we regret we have no “Changing Places” toilets, or accessible toilets on our trains


  • We are pleased to welcome dogs to this event (no ticket required) – please keep them on a lead and don’t allow them on the seats


  • Prams/pushchairs/buggies are welcome during this event.
  • Foldable/collapsible prams/pushchairs/buggies can be taken into the carriages and stowed by your seat
  • Non folding/collapsible prams/pushchairs/buggies can be left in the care of the station staff at the departure station