Sheffield Park Station
Sheffield Park was built in 1882 by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway.
Only half a mile away from the seat of Lord Sheffield, the station was primarily built to serve Lord Sheffield who owned the large house and estate about a mile away. Sheffield Park and Garden is now a National Trust property and within easy walking distance of the station.
Today, the station has been restored in the style of the Brighton era in the 1880s.
Our accredited museum is open on platform 2 when trains are running and is well worth a visit. Inside, visitors can explore the story of the Bluebell Railway, which began as the Lewes and East Grinstead Railway (LEGR) in 1882, being taken over by the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway (LBSCR) a year later. It also outlines how railways developed from the horse drawn railways of the 1600s, to steam locomotives and then electric trains.
To get even more enjoyment from your visit to the Museum, make sure you download our free App to your phone or tablet here.
For opening times and to find out more, visit the Museum website.
Situated in the locomotive shed on platform 1 , SteamWorks! uses touchscreen displays, information boards, and interactive elements to bring the science and mechanics of steam to life.
The star of the show is an interactive model of a locomotive. Based on our very own Terrier Class locomotive ‘Stepney’ (as featured in the Thomas the Tank Engine book series), this special ‘engine’ features a display showing how the engine’s boiler works, and, as an added bonus, a special driving experience simulator in the cab enables you to experience what it’s like to drive Stepney on the Bluebell Railway!
You’ll also be able to get up close to our collection of over 30 locomotives and see the working yard where engines are prepared in the mornings.
Opening Times :
When timetabled trains are running – 10.00am to 4.oopm (both Steamworks! and the locomotive shed)
When no timetabled trains are running – sorry, both Steamworks! and the locomotive shed will be closed.
Bluebell Railway Shop
Our well-stocked shop on platform 1 is well worth a visit for that special souvenir or gift. Here you can buy books, DVDs, model railways, cuddly toys and all kinds of other items to remind you for years to come of your visit to the Bluebell Railway.
You can also browse our online shop here.
Bulleid Society Shop
Located on Platform 2, the Bullied Society Shop sells used railway and transport books, magazines, railway memorabilia, railway photographs, DVDs and videos, timetables and models.
The shop is open on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. For full opening times click here.
Enjoy breakfast, lunch, snacks or just a drink as part of your day out at Bluebell Railway. The Bessemer Arms serves anything from a sandwich up to a full meal, so there’s bound to be something to take your fancy.
For opening times click here.
Pack a picnic and settle down for a picnic as part of your trip. We have picnic areas along the station drive and beside the River Ouse.
Station Car Park
Large car parking facilities are available with disabled bays in car park A nearer the station.
Disabled Toilets & Baby Changing Facilities
Disabled toilet and baby changing facilities are available on platform 1, in the Bessemer Arms or on platform 2 next to the museum.
Marked parking bays near the coach parking area, close to the main station entrance are reserved for wheelchair passengers. Suitable toilet facilities are available on the ground floor in the Bessemer Arms restaurant building. Ramped access and paved gangways can be found within the SteamWorks! for viewing the locomotives. The shop on platform 1 and the museum on platform 2 are both accessible, as is the bar on the ground floor of the Bessemer Arms, where a full meal service is normally available. A stair lift is available to use for access to the Birch Grove Suite above the Bessemer Arms, unfortunately, there is no lift.