Today at the Railway

We’re now open every day until the end of September, with a packed Spring & Summer of events !

This weekend from Friday 18th May to Sunday 20th May is our Branch Line Event! Branch Line Weekend 2018 Brochure

Come and visit us for a fun-packed “Little Engines’ Big Weekend” showcasing Bluebell Railway’s small locomotives.

We’ve planned a busy timetable to recreate the branch line feel of our Railway in its heyday, concentrating on the use of our smaller Bluebell locomotives, (Loco numbers 263,323, 30541 and 65) plus our special visitor, the Great Western Railway Saddle Tank Loco GWR813 

For more details see the Branch Line Weekend Event Page

19.05.18 – UPDATE ON THE VISIT OF 60163 ‘Tornado’


We are very sorry to say that 60163 ‘Tornado’ will not be able to visit us in August as we had hoped.

All Customers with bookings for the original 60163 ‘Tornado’ visit dates in May and any that had transferred to the proposed alternative dates in August will be contacted by our Customer Service Team as soon as possible.

Paddington will still be visiting on the 28th & 29th May and our Teddy Bears’ Picnics will still be running on the 26th, 28th & 29th May, with own locomotives heading the trains.

We do still have some availability on the Teddy Bears’ picnic trains, and also on other trains running on the 25th – 29th May. If you would like to come along to one of these, please call our Customer Service Team on 01825 720800.

Tickets for a special timetable of trains (hauled by our own magnificent locomotives) on 25th – 29th May are also now available to purchase online.


On weekdays*1, we’re now running our Light Service (timetable 1)  – 3 return trains a day from Sheffield Park

At weekends*1, we’re running our Full Service (timetable 2) – 6*2 return trains a day from Sheffield Park (except for Special Event weekends where special timetables will operate)

*1 – except during special events when custom timetables will operate – see special event pages for details
*2 – 7 return trains on Saturdays

Loco Roster




Date Loco
Timetabled Trains Dining Trains*
A B C Golden Arrow (Evening Dinner)
Fri 18th May


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Sat 19th May


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Sun 20th May


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Mon 21st May


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Tues 22nd May


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Weds 23rd May


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Thurs 24th May


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* Advance booking only – call 01825 720800 for availability

Coming Soon – a brand new exhibition – ‘Steam Works!’

In partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sunninghill Construction Ltd, the Bluebell Railway will be creating an exciting new exhibition called ‘Steam Works!’. Situated in our locomotive running shed, the exhibition will complement our static locomotive display by exploring the science behind steam, the individual stories of each engine, and the people who make them work.

Please note the locomotive running shed will be closed to the public while we replace the roof and improve access for our all to our engines.

Access the loco shed and ‘Steam Works!’ from July 2018!

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. Light meals are also available at weekends and during school holidays.

At our East Grinstead station, why not pop into the Grinsteade Buffet, offering quality teas, coffees, cakes and snacks in our beautiful dining carriage. Scrummy Cream Teas are also available to pre-order.

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