Giants of Steam Autumn Gala 2019

Return of the Giants!

We are very pleased to announce the return of the giants at our Giants of Steam Autumn Gala on 11th, 12th & 13th October.

For this year’s event, two very special locomotives will be visiting the Bluebell Railway:

BR Britannia Class No. 70000 ‘Britannia’


Credit: Steve Finn

  • Visitors also have the chance to get behind the footplate of Britannia, and experience first-hand firing and driving. Find out more about Full Steam Ahead Britannia here.
  • We are also running a special dining train, Britannia Gala Golden Arrow on Monday 14th October. Find out more here.

LNER Thompson Class B1 61306 ‘Mayflower’

Don’t miss the opportunity to see them in all their glory!

A special intensive timetable will be operating over the weekend so there will be lots of opportunities to travel behind these magnificent Giants and to watch them in action!

A selection of our own wonderful locomotives will also be running.

Timetables and loco rosters (click to open)



  • Adult (1 day) – £23.00
  • Child, 3-15 yrs (1 day) – £11.50
  • Family 1 day (2 adults and up to 3 children) – £57.50
  • Adult Bluebell Member (1 day) – £11.50
  • Child, 3-15 yrs Bluebell Member (1 day) – £5.75
  • Family Bluebell Member (2 adults and up to 3 children) – £28.75

Multi-day tickets for two and three days are also available.

Catering opening times

On Train

  • Set B – Real Ale bar “At the sign of the White Horse” and snacks available in 1674
  • Set C – Buffet counter service in RMB 1818

Bessemer Arms at Sheffield Park

Friday: 7.30am – 5.30pm Breakfast & Lunch

Saturday: 7.30am – 11pm Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Sunday: 7.30am – 6pm Breakfast & Lunch

Ice Cream Kiosk at Sheffield Park

Ice cream, hot snacks & pasties

Refreshment Rooms at Horsted Keynes

Open 8.15am – 6pm

  • Bar open 11am – 6pm.
  • Hot and cold drinks, snacks

The Paddock Field Marquee at Horsted Keynes

Open 9.30am – 4pm

  • Breakfast Rolls 9.30am – 11am
  • Hot Food 11am – 4pm
  • Harvey’s Beer Tent

On the Dock at Horsted Keynes (Platform 5)

“Florry the Lorry” – Vintage Brewery Lorry Real Ale Bar

Well House Kiosk at Kingscote

Open 10.30am – 5pm each day. Hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice cream.

The Grinsteade Buffet Car

Open 8.30am – 6.30pm each day. Hot and cold drinks and snacks.

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