FULL STEAM AHEAD!

 

If you're looking for a great family day out before the summer sun says goodbye for this year, the Bluebell Railway has been named the Best Steam Railway Journey in England by Boundless
 
Famous for its springtime views and dining experiences, the Bluebell Railway is Britain’s oldest preserved standard-gauge railway, and it's deservedly known for its historic carriages and enchanting stations, redolent of another age.

Each station is restored to a different period: Sheffield Park to the 1880s; the country junction of Horsted Keynes with its refreshment room to the 1920s; Kingscote to the 1950s. As the railway’s name suggests, the Sussex woodlands bordering the line are at their best in spring, a mass of deep blue among the trees.

Among the railway’s historic carriages are two 1920s Pullman cars, which form part of the Golden Arrow Pullman dining train on Saturday evening and for Sunday lunch. Among many other culinary treats are evening jazz trains with sausage and mash and real ale.

JOURNEY TIME: 40 minutes each way

WHERE TO BOARD/ALIGHT: Sheffield Park, East Grinstead

HOW TO GET THERE: Trains to East Grinstead; leave M23 at junction 10

WHEN: Almost daily until 3 November

COST: Adult return/advance purchase All Day Rover: £16

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