Branch Line Weekend

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March

Come along for a fun-packed weekend showcasing Bluebell Railway’s small locomotives and some very special visitors!

A busy timetable will recreate the branch line feel of our Railway in its heyday by concentrating on the use of our smaller Bluebell locomotives, plus our very special visitors….


photo credit – IoWSR


O2-class No. W24 ‘Calbourne’ (courtesy of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway Company Ltd)  

Built in 1891, ‘Calbourne’ was the 1st loco to be acquired by the IoWSR and is the last survivor of its class. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see her on the ‘mainland’!




photo credit – Andrew Vass


0298-class No. 30587 Beattie Well Tank (courtesy of the National Railway Museum)

Part of the National Collection and built in 1874, this long-serving little loco is making her first visit to the Bluebell!




Along with our own B4-class No.96 ‘Normandy’ and 0415-class No.488 Adams Radial Tank (currently both on display in SteamWorks!), these 2 locomotives will form a spectacular gathering of LSWR built locos.

Supported by Bluebell SECR locos H-class No.263, P-class Tank No.323 ‘Bluebell’, P-class Tank No.178 & O1-class No.65, our 2019 Branch Line Weekend will have a great pre-grouping flavour!

On Friday we will be operating an increased frequency timetable between East Grinstead and Sheffield Park, featuring shorter trains hauled by a selection of locomotives.

On both Saturday and Sunday, it will be a case of “All Change at Horsted Keynes” with a packed timetable of trains between there and both Sheffield Park and East Grinstead and with frequent changes of locomotives.

So, plenty of opportunities to ‘hop on and off’ at different stations and watch the locomotives as they ‘shunt up and down’ at Horsted Keynes to accommodate the mixed timetable.

We’ll also be running Brake Van rides over the weekend at Horsted Keynes so there will be lots to experience and enjoy.

An ideal day out for the whole family with lots of steam and loco action to entertain both little ones and grown-ups alike!

Come along and relive the days when our Railway was very much a rural backwater, with trains to match.

We will be operating a different timetable on each of the three days so why not take the opportunity to spend a long weekend sampling the variety of what our Railway can offer, including locomotives, coaches and stations from the 1880s right through until the mid-1950s.

Come along and see the ‘small but mighty’ engines at their best.

Timetable (click to open full timetable)

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