Branch Line Weekend

Our Branch Line Weekend 2020 has been postponed.

The railway is currently closed until further notice and our customer services staff have been placed on temporary leave (furloughed). This means they are unable to respond to emails and telephone calls for the time being under the terms of the Government’s job retention scheme.

We appreciate your patience at this very difficult time and once we are able to re-open we will contact you to rebook your trip onto one of our future rescheduled services to suit your available dates.

Thank you for your understanding.


Branch Line Weekend

Come along for a fun-packed weekend showcasing our small locomotives!

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 some very special visitors….

Taff Vale Tank No. 85

Photo credit: KWVR Archives/P Brunt

From Keighley & Worth Valley Railway:

No. 85 was built in 1899 by Neilson Reid for the Taff Vale Railway, which connected the Cardiff area with the coal mining industry located a few miles to the north. When the Taff Vale Railway was taken over by the GWR in 1922 the engine soon became surplus to requirements as the GWR had a policy of standardisation. In 1927 the engine was withdrawn and in 1929 the engine was sold to the Lambton, Hetton & Joicey Colliery Co. in County Durham to haul coal trains between the inland collieries and the coast.

When the coal industry was nationalised in 1947 it became NCB No. 52 and remained in service there until 1968 and following withdrawal arrived on the Worth Valley Railway in December 1970.

lt was re-built to its original outline by a group of Worth Valley volunteers in the 1990s and gave good service until withdrawal in 2010. Seen as an ideal locomotive for the branch line, TVR No. 85 entered the workshops at Haworth and re-entered service in 2016.

Ivatt Class 2 Tank Locomotive No. 41312

From Mid Hants Railway:

An Ivatt LMS design introduced in 1946, 41312 was built in May 1952 at Crewe locomotive works and spent its entire working career on the Southern region. They were nick named Mickey Mouse tanks due to the placing of route indicator discs either side of the smokebox that then looked like ears.

41312 was first based at Faversham, then Ashford in June 1959, before being moved to Barnstaple Junction where she worked over the Torrington branch, putting in some appearances on the Ilfracombe and Exeter line.

In March 1963 she was reallocated to Brighton. In 1964 she moved to Bournemouth were she worked over the Swanage and Lymington branches. 41312 performed the last steam service on the Lymington branch in April 1967. The last 3 months of her career were spent at Nine Elms acting as a station shunter for Waterloo. She was finally withdrawn from service on the 3rd July 1967.

We will also be running the following locomotives over the weekend:

  • 263
  • 65
  • 178
  • 30541
  • 80151

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

There will also be a display of 1950s commercial vehicles at Kingscote Station.

Timetables (click to open and scroll down for all days)

Carriage set formations (click to open)


Tickets can be bought online for an advance discount. Alternatively, you can buy tickets on the day but these tickets will not qualify for an advance discount.

1 day 2-day 3-day
Advance (Online Only) Adult  £23.00  £36.80  £50.60
Child  £11.50  £18.40  £25.30
Family (2+3)  £57.50  £92.00  £126.50
BPRS Member Adult  £11.50  £18.40  £25.30
BPRS Member Child  £5.75  £9.20  £12.65
BPRS Member Family (2+3)  £28.75  £46.00  £63.25
On the Day Adult  £27.00  £43.20  £59.40
Child  £13.50  £21.60  £29.70
Family (2+3)  £67.50  £108.00  £148.50
BPRS Member Adult  £13.50  £21.60  £29.70
BPRS Member Child  £6.75  £10.80  £14.85
BPRS Member Family (2+3)  £33.75  £54.00  £74.25

Find out more about our 2020 events here.

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