Horsted Keynes Station

The station was built in 1882 by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway.

The Bluebell Railway has restored the station to the Southern Railway period – mid 1920s.

It was originally a junction station with a line branching off to Haywards Heath via Ardingly.

This station is often featured in films and television, most recently as “Downton” in the popular Downton Abbey series.

Station Facilities

Carriage and Wagon Workshop

Horsted Keynes is the home of our award winning Carriage and Wagon department. This is where all our carriage restoration takes place. You can visit the carriage works viewing gallery and display which is accessible from platform 5.

As a new initiative this year, the volunteers of the Carriage & Wagon Department will be running Behind the Scenes Tours of the workshop at 2pm every Saturday from now until the end of September (except on Model Railway Weekend – 23rd June). The tours are free – although donations to the Maunsell Restaurant Car Project are always very welcome. It’s not just a chance to see behind the scenes with progress on many different restoration projects, but also to catch up on how the OP4 carriage shed extension project is progressing.

King George V Buffet

Tea, coffee and snacks are available every day that trains are running.

Light meals (pasty and chips for example) are available at weekends and during school holidays.

Elephant Van

The Elephant Van was originally used to transport circus elephants has now been transformed into a bright red play carriage especially for our younger visitors. Bring the kids along and let them enjoy themselves in this safe environment, with fun activities which are ideal for children up to 7 years old.

Carriage Shop

Selling pre-loved railway and transport books, photographs, models, dvds, magazines and other collectables. All proceeds go towards funding projects at the railway.

Open most Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays throughout the year from 11am-4pm (extended opening during some special events).

Disabled Access, Toilets & Baby Changing Facilities

We regret this Victorian station has no disabled toilets. Baby changing facilities are available in the Ladies cloakroom on platform 5.

At the midpoint on the railway the toilet facilities all date from the 1880s, and are spacious but otherwise not converted. Being based around old railway coaches, the various exhibitions and shop on Platform 1 are not wheelchair accessible, but the new carriage exhibition is. The shop and buffet on platforms 3-4 are small but none-the-less are at platform level, as is part of the public viewing area in the carriage workshops at the south of platform 5. Parking may be arranged with the station staff on arrival.

Car Parking

There is a hard surface car park, with parking for about 30 cars. And additional, adjacent field is available for parking in summer, with space for for up to 100 cars.