Discussion in 'Galas and events' started by A1X, Jan 15, 2017.
and see also http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/bluebell/whats_new.html
What a year 2017 will be, fantastic.
I am a steam man at heart but this is an unmissable event. I have a soft spot for these beasts and will hopefully attend this event if Southern are not on strike again. The surprise guest is not a Blue and white stripey beast by any chance?
What a year it's going to be for the Bluebell. They have had the spirit of the ECML moved to Sussex with the visit of Scotsman as well.
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Is it easy to get to by rail if southern aren't running?
That's a pessimistic view of the potential outcome of the Southern situation for an event ten months away!
The options are basically Southern, to East Grinstead or Haywards Heath (plus bus to Horsted Keynes). In addition, the Bluebell has often arranged vintage bus services to Sheffield Park from Brighton during big galas: no guarantees, but it is a possibility, and Brighton may be easier to reach by other means.
On strike days this last week their were buses from East Grinstead Station to Gatwick, then Gatwick Express to London ( Southern Tickets being accepeted). I got from E.G. to Victoria in 58 miniutes, and return in 63 minutes. I have managed to get into work in London every day during the strike.
The other options is drive, the railway is not that far away. I always drive to the Midhants usually about 1 1/4 hours to Ropley , while by rail to Alton it would be 2.5 hours in the morning ( I could just about make it to Swanage or the GC by road in that time).
South Eastern is unaffected and there is a direct Tunbridge Wells-East Grinstead bus link https://bustimes.org.uk/services/set_6-291-A-y08 (Unless of course the Bluebell can complete in double quick time its hitherto unannounced Eastern Extension via Forest Row and Hartfield, putting track back through the EG bypass , building a brand new flyover over the Uckfield line east of Ashurst and linking up with the Spa Valley, in which case it's only a fifteen minute walk across TW for a connecting train! )
Seriously, it's quite a surprise that tbe Bluebell, an LBSCR/SR line, has been chosen for this event, although with an A1, an A4 and soon an A3 paying a visit besides the 2015 Deltic event, as you say, you would think that the ECML gets re-routed through Mid-Sussex at times *. Obviously, the DPS appreciated their reception when they brought their locos down two years ago and I agree with you, although I don't often frequent diesel galas, this one has already gone down in the diary
* PS - not to mention Green Arrow in 2003 and Beachy Head's boiler, originally built for a GNR Atlantic.
Sounds like a job for the Weymouth Quay mob!
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