UPDATE: As of 17 November, the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ Appeal has raised a total of £449,373.
This includes donations from the public, matched funding from The Bluebell Railway Trust and £20,000 from The Bluebell Railway Preservation Society.
The appeal has a target of £500,000 to help in the restoration of Horsted Keynes Station. The funds will be used to repair and restore the 140 year old Grade II station on the Bluebell Railway in Sussex.
More information about the appeal and the history of Horsted Keynes station are in a special issue of The Bluebell Times newsletter.
Full details of the various methods for making donations are at www.bluebell-railway.com/make-a-donation/
Horsted Keynes station was built in 1882 by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway as part of the Lewes-East Grinstead line. It was bought by the Bluebell Railway in the 1960s and the preserved railway has maintained it and decorated it in the style of a Southern Railway junction station from the 1930s.
The railway has carried out a major survey of the station and calculates the first phase of the repair work will be at least £500,000. The initial repairs will be to the station house and Platform 5. Later work will cover the other platforms.
Find out more about the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ appeal to put the sparkle back into Horsted Keynes Station.