Every day Train Travel

Come and travel on a steam train at Bluebell Railway!

With daily services running from Sheffield Park in Sussex, a day out at Bluebell Railway is a journey through time to enjoy the scenic countryside on the edge of the Ashdown Forest.

On weekdays, The Sussex Cricketer will be running from Sheffield Park, and The Pioneer will be operating on weekends. These named services include a return trip up the entire line to East Grinstead. Passengers can choose to stay on the train, or alight at Kingscote to enjoy our most tranquil station and play area, before catching the train on its way back.

Tickets are available to book online up to midnight on the date before travel. But if you haven’t booked online don’t worry – tickets are available to purchase for our every day travel services on the day of travel from Sheffield Park, subject to availability. Tickets on the day are priced at £25.00 per person.

What is The Pioneer and The Sussex Cricketer?

These are the names of our regular, every day travel services. Recreate the early days of Bluebell Railway, the longest running line of its kind, by riding on The Pioneer at weekends, and travel on our special named service The Sussex Cricketer during the week.

travel on a steam train at Bluebell Railway

The Sussex Cricketer has been named to commemorate 125 years since a very special game. In May 1896 25,000 people travelled to Sheffield Park to watch a notable cricket fixture against Australia. Spectators included HRH Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) and banners lined the route between the railway and the gardens of Sheffield Park. It must have been quite a spectacle and very busy!

Group bookings welcome! These services would also be suitable for coach parties, schools and clubs. Find out about booking, food options and discounts for 15 or more people here, and for schools here.

For your safety:

  • Face Coverings – must be worn in public places such as on the platforms, in the museum and SteamWorks! and when boarding or alighting from the trains in accordance to Government guidance. Face coverings can be removed when seated on board, but will need to be worn if passengers leave their seat to use the toilet, and when entering and leaving the train.
  • Socially distanced seating – Our onboard seating capacity has been reduced to allow for a comfortable, socially distanced journey. Passengers are asked to remain in their allocated seats throughout the journey, unless they need to leave their seat to use the toilet.
  • Table service – if you purchase food, this will be pre-boxed . All our staff have been fully trained and will follow the government guidelines for serving of food and drinks.