Welcome to the Bluebell Railway

The Bluebell Railway is a heritage railway, running steam-hauled trains from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead in Sussex.

It was one of the first preserved heritage lines in the country, resulting in one of the finest collections of vintage steam locomotives and carriages – many of which were preserved straight out of service from British Railways.

The Bluebell Railway commenced train services in August 1960 and now runs trains across 11 miles between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead. Recreating trains from the 1880’s through to the 1960’s, Bluebell Railway is popular with film and television productions and our Horsted Keynes station has been seen regularly on television and in films, including Downton Abbey, Muppets Most Wanted and Churchill’s Secret.

Various events operate throughout the year including visiting engines, family fun days and historically themed days. For a full list please visit our event pages.

While offering scheduled steam train journeys, Bluebell Railway also offers bespoke ways to celebrate a special day or run a corporate event. Throughout the year dining trains operate on selected dates, including services for Afternoon Tea and Silver Service dining, Supper Specials and Rail Ale evenings.

If you would like some suggestions on planning your visit to us check out our suggestions.

While visiting the Railway why not also see what else Sussex has to offer, such as beautiful Gardens, historic properties and vineyards.