Exclusively steam railway with 4-6 engines in steam most weekends, and home to 30 historic engines in total. The line runs 9 miles through beautiful countryside from Sheffield Park to Kingscote via Horsted Keynes.
There’s also a museum with all manner of memorabilia relating to the Bluebell Line.
And look out as well for some great events, e.g. Childrens Fun Days, Wizard Weekends near Halloween, and Vintage Transport Day (cars, motorbikes, stationary engines, steam road engines, commercial vans & vintage buses).
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Sheffield Park Station
Sheffield Park Station is the best point to join the Bluebell Railway, on the A275 East Grinstead to Lewes road, about 2 miles North of its junction with the A272. The Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park is well signposted with brown tourist signs from the A22 and A23 trunk roads. There is plenty of parking.
SATNAV: TN22 3QL
Horsted Keynes Station
Horsted Keynes Station also has plenty of parking in a field beyond the station in the Summer. The station is 1.5 miles North-west of the village. From the village centre follow the signs to the station, forking right onto the West Hoathly/Sharpthorne road. Station Approach will be found on the left after about a mile, just after a steep hill and sharp righthand bend.
Horsted Keynes Station is also accessible via an 8-ft restricted headroom bridge from Ardingly. Head south on the B2028 towards Lindfield. Take the first turn on the left, after about half a mile, signposted to the railway. Then take the next right at the bottom of the hill into Station Approach, and carry on for a mile on this twisty road. The station is just after the low bridge.
SATNAV: RH17 7BB
Kingscote Station – Please note that there is no road access to Kingscote station. To start your Bluebell Railway journey here you must park your car at East Grinstead and join the bus service from the station or the High Street – please note that this operates only a handful of selected dates from April to October, and for special events, but not Santa Specials (see the Railway’s website for details).
Train and bus: On certain days only, a special bus service (route 473) runs from near East Grinstead Station to the Railway (see the Railway’s website for full details).
You can also go to Haywards Heath Station and use Bus Service 270.
Some days, route 472 also runs from Brighton Railway Station and the Old Steine in Brighton (see the Railway’s website for dates).
Services run most days throughout the Summer and most weekends throughout the year as well as on some holiday days. Frequencies of trains vary according to the type of timetable running on a particular day. Please see the railway’s website for details.
Fares for adults/children (3-16)/families (2+3) are:
‘Bonus’ tickets are reduced price tickets for bookings by phone at least 8 days in advance; ‘Line’ tickets allow unlimited all day travel.
3rd All Line Return: £13.00/£6.50/£35.00
Bluebell Bonus 3rd: £10.50/£5.25/£28.00
3rd All Line Single: £8.00/£4.00/not available
3rd One Stop Return: £11.00/£5.50/£30.00
3rd One Stop Single: £7.00/£3.50/not available
1st All Line Return: £19.50/£9.75/not available
Bluebell Bonus 1st: £15.60/£7.80/not available
1st One Stop Return: £16.50/£8.25/not available
Different prices may apply on special event days.
Bluebell Bonus tickets are not valid on Special Event days, Observation Car Specials, Santa, Victorian or Pullman trains or other catering services.
Special members rates and combined tickets with National Trust gardens are also available.
We've tried really hard to make sure that all of this information for this day out is accurate and up-to-date, but please contact Bluebell Railway before you go, just to make sure.