Bluebell Railway - WE'RE BACK AND WE'RE GOOD TO GO!


It’s full steam ahead as Bluebell Railway meets the challenges of the new era of social distancing!




Due to open to the public on 7 August 2020 - its 60th birthday – the railway has produced a reopening film featuring TV actor and presenter Martin Clunes.


The short film focuses on the new Covid-19 safety measures in place and shows how a day at Bluebell Railway might look.  It shows that a visit to the railway is safe and enjoyable. 


“We wanted to create something similar to the British Transport Films of the 1950s”, said Ruth Rowatt, Bluebell Railway Marketing Manager.




“Something fun, but reassuring. We were so thrilled when Martin Clunes said he would help.  He is a great actor and he brought just the right tone and style – seriously amusing! We can’t thank him enough.”


Watch the film produced by and starring Bluebell Railway volunteers with a great contribution from Martin Clunes here:


By putting new measures in place and ensuring they have thought through how best to look after their visitors and staff, Bluebell Railway has also been awarded the Visit England accreditation – We’re Good To Go.




60 years on from opening the first heritage steam railway of its kind in the UK, Bluebell Railway have created a brand new pre-booked service for brand new times.  The new named trains pay homage to its long history of running preserved steam and is a nod to the early days of the ‘pioneer line’, as it was once known.


There are lots of dining options to choose from, starting from just £25 per person including travel on a beautifully preserved steam train. For bigger groups, booking your own private compartment for a trip through beautiful Sussex is a real treat.  There are options to add food and drink at the time of booking, so you don’t even need to bring a picnic!


Bluebell Railway, like many heritage railways, is only able to reopen due to the amazing donations to its emergency fund.  However, now they need the support of the visitor to survive and continue steaming through the next 60 years!


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