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Christmas has arrived at Bluebell!!

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and we’ve a fun-packed festive season at the Bluebell Railway!


Our brand new exhibition – ‘Steam Works!’

Situated in the locomotive shed, SteamWorks! uses touchscreen displays,  information boards, and interactives to bring the science and mechanics of steam to life.

The star of the show is an interactive model of a locomotive! Based on our very own Terrier Class locomotive ‘Stepney’ (as featured in the Thomas the Tank Engine book series), this special ‘engine’ features a display showing how the engine’s boiler works, and, as an added bonus, a special driving experience simulator in the cab will enable you to experience what it’s like to drive Stepney on the Bluebell Railway!

You’ll also be able to get up close to some of our beautiful locomotives on display. Special walkways and platforms will enable you to examine and wonder at the engineering involved and even let you climb onto the footplates of some of the engines!

Entrance included in your travel or platform ticket.

Autumn/Winter Opening Times

When trains are running – 10.00am to 4.oopm (both Steamworks! and the locomotive shed)
When no timetabled trains are running – sorry, both Steamworks! and the locomotive shed will be closed.


Food & Drink at the Railway Fancy a drink, snack, or something more substantial whilst visiting us? From our family-friendly restaurant to quick coffee & cake breaks, the Bluebell Railway has a great selection of places to eat! Why not try the Bessemer Arms on Platform 1 at Sheffield Park station, serving everything from a sandwich or slice of cake to a full meal. On selected Sundays, you can enjoy our popular Carvery in the Birch Grove Suite above the Bessemer Arms (pre-booking advisable). Alternatively, the charming period King George V Buffet at Horsted Keynes station serves tea, coffee, and snacks every day that trains are running, and light meals are also available at weekends and during school holidays. At our East Grinstead station, pop into the Grinsteade Buffet, which offers quality teas, coffees, cakes, and snacks all served in our beautiful dining carriage. Scrummy Cream Teas are also available for pre-order.

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