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THIS PAGE WILL ALWAYS CONTAIN OUR VERY LATEST BLUEBELL RAILWAY NORTHERN EXTENSION CUTTING NEWS AND PICTURES

YOU SHOULD 'REFRESH' THE PAGE EVERY TIME YOU VISIT  - JUST PRESS F5!

PICTURES FROM EARLIER IN THE WORK ARE JUST ONE CLICK AWAY HERE

EVEN OLDER PICTURES ARE NOW AVAILABLE VIA THE MAIN RAILWAY INDEX

Latest page update - Saturday 24th August 2013

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For various reasons we will no longer "signal" all our site updates about the cutting on the news groups, so if you want to ensure you keep up to date with the progress you will either need to look at the Bluebell website which is updated every week or so, or alternatively you can Bookmark this site and look back here. Alternatively please feel free to join our Twitter account which promotes every web site update with a short message. We try to be objective and just say what we see; having no special insight can be a benefit you know!

THIS IS JUST OUR LATEST PAGE - ELSEWHERE ON THIS SITE THERE ARE LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF OLDER EXTENSION PICTURES MANY OF WHICH ARE NOW SEPARATED INTO INDIVIDUAL WEEKS TO MAKE EACH DOWNLOAD SMALLER. ALL OUR PAGES ARE INDIVIDUALLY ACCESSIBLE VIA THE MAIN INDEX PAGE.

This site contains much to interest steam and vintage railway enthusiasts. At present we mostly concentrate on photographs and comments about work to complete the Bluebell Railway extension which aims to reconnect with the Network Rail at East Grinstead station. All our latest views are placed on this page first after which they are transferred to archive or backup pages on a weekly basis. All are accessible from the main index page which is linked from every page header. The index page also has maps of the cutting old and new together with up to date diagrams of the work.

The Bluebell Railway runs steam services between East Grinstead and Sheffield Park in Sussex. Sheffield Park is best known for the large house and gardens of the same name which are a half mile or so up the road from the station.

Other places served include Horsted Keynes, where the station is about a mile from the village proper and Kingscote which is nowhere that is near nowhere else! A walk up to Horsted Keynes village will allow you to visit either of the two pubs and the village church (probably best in that order!). The church is well over 1000 years old and built on an ancient Dolman circle. For more information on the village take a look at www.horstedkeynes.com.

There used to be a station at West Hoathly but this has unfortunately been demolished and trains no longer stop there.

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These are the posters that have appeared on the line. This one was photographed at East Grinstead Bluebell station.

                                                                                                                

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Just for interest a couple of pictures taken at Horsted Keynes on Sunday, Perhaps the bunting will be removed soon? Apart from that this picture might have been taken in 1951!
We will keep looking for the spoil trains!

Monday 12th August and one train heads south.
We joined the north bound train however and it was obvious from the start that things were not going well...
..we dragged ourselves to the tunnel mouth where (fortunately) we stopped. Seems a brake was seized on or something.
Thanks to some nifty run round by Clive Groome we made some time up on the way back but were still half an hour late into Horsted Keynes. Oh for some toilets in the Metropolitan carriages!
24th August 2013: The police at Horsted Keynes!

Trains were delayed by a dog which ran the length of the line from the Imberhorne Viaduct, through the tunnel to Horsted Keynes. In front of a south bound train!

It was recaptured at Horsted keynes and reunited with its worried owner who had been searching for the pooch for 4 days.
Here we see Bluebell Punch and Judy man Ray Sparks, who had used his magicians rope to catch the pooch,  carrying the dog back to safety. Beside him is the dogs owner.

 

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And while we are here a view of the lead loco of one of today's service trains.
And the back of the front of the other one!
   
 

Latest page update - Friday 5th July 2013

A video showing recent work is available on YouTube at THIS LINK

My new Vimeo video channel with extension videos is also available by clicking HERE

 

 

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