Giants of Steam Autumn Gala

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

Our 2021 Giants of Steam event will be taking place 8 – 10 October.

What can you expect this year? An intensive and varied timetable showcasing different engines of the BR Southern Region.

Alongside our own BR Standard Class 5 No.73082 ‘Camelot’ and BR Standard Class 4 Tank No. 80151, visiting locomotives Merchant Navy Class No. 35028 ‘Clan Line’ and Maunsell Schools Class No. 30925 ‘Cheltenham’ will feature to fit the Southern Railway theme. They will be joined by special guest USATC S160 No. 6046 which is currently residing at the Bluebell Railway until the end of October. Visitors can compare the might of the American locomotive alongside our Southern beasts and decide who the true Giants of Steam really are!

Clan Line will appear at Giants of Steam 2021

Enjoy the freedom to hop on and off at our four beautifully preserved stations and catch different trains. Make good use of the busy timetable and challenge yourself to ride behind all of the locomotives running over the gala weekend. Event tickets covering two days are available and offer good value for money or else you can opt for an action-packed single day.

Giants of Steam 2021 timetables

In addition to the locomotives, make the most of our museum and exhibitions. Step onto the footplate of locomotives ‘Stepney’ and ‘Captain Baxter’ in SteamWorks! in the locomotive shed at Sheffield Park Station. This area includes ramped access to C Class locomotive with full wheelchair access onto the footplate and other interactives based on the science of steam that will entertain and inform the whole family. Make the most of The Bessemer Arms pub restaurant on Platform 1, then head over the bridge to Platform 2 and visit our accredited museum. Sheffield Park offers the best free parking facilities.

No. 30925 Cheltenham will also be visiting

Photographers, we recommend alighting at Horsted Keynes Station. It is the largest station with 5 long platforms and offers great photographic opportunities as it is used as a passing place for timetabled locomotives. This country station has featured regularly in film and television and is a faithful representation of the 1930s and early 1940s. A large, raised signal box features at the south end and a useful footpath across a road bridge at the north end. There is some limited hardstanding parking at Horsted Keynes. Pop into the carriage and wagon workshop viewing area whilst there and find out just how dedicated to preservation of our heritage the Bluebell Railway is.

Food and drink:

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


One Day
Two Day
On the Day
One Day
Event with Travel – One Day Adult £35.00 £56.00 £40.00
Child (3-15yrs) £17.50 £28.00 £20.00
Family (2 adults + 3 children) £87.50 £140.00 £100.00
Carer Free Free Free
BRPS Member Adult £17.50 £28.00 £20.00
BRPS Member Child (3-15yrs) £8.75 £14.00 £10.00
BRPS Member Family (2 adults + 3 children) £43.75 £70.00 £50.00
BRPS LIFE Member Free Free Free
Event Admission Only – One Day Sheffield Park Station – Adult  – £10.00
Sheffield Park Station – Child (3-15yrs)  – £5.00
Sheffield Park Station – BRPS Member  – Free
Horsted Keynes Station – Adult  – £10.00
Horsted Keynes Station – Child (3-15yrs)  – £5.00
Horsted Keynes Station – BRPS Member  – Free
Kingscote Station – Adult  – £2.00
Kingscote Station – Child (3-15yrs)  – £1.00
Kingscote Station – BRPS Member  – Free
East Grinstead Station – Adult  – £2.00
East Grinstead Station – Child (3-15yrs)  – £1.00
East Grinstead Station – BRPS Member  – Free