A Mid-Sussex Adventure

2015 - Bluebell Railway - Sheffield Park - Southern Railway Maunsell U class 1638 (Golden Arrow regalia)What an interesting day it was today!  After an unplanned errand left me in Sussex late this morning, I was left at a lose end.  Now for most people they would head back home, a mere 30 minutes away but instead I carried on in the other direction into the depths of Sussex countryside.  A mere hour or so later I had arrived at one of my favourite places in the world – Sheffield Park station on the Bluebell Railway!There waiting for me was U class 1638, resplendent in Golden Arrow regalia at the front of a special Pullman service.  This locomotive is approaching the end of its ten year boiler ticket, so it was good to catch it, looking great in its olive green livery.

2015 - Bluebell Railway - Sheffield Park - London Brighton & South Coast Railway Class E4 0-6-2T B473 (Birch Grove)Indeed, three of the four locomotives in steam wore that same uniform.  Ex-LBSCR E4 class B473 was to be found at Sheffield Park, in use (it seems) for some driver training.

Bluebell Railway - Sheffield Park - Southern Railway Maunsell S15 class 847The other Maunsell green locomotive was S15 class 847.  It had been the first time I had seen 847 in action since I was much younger and I was soon reminded of how impressive it is.

2015 - Bluebell Railway - Sheffield Park - South Eastern and Chatham Railway H class 263The fourth steam engine was the beautifully painted South Eastern and Chatham H class 263 – a wonderfully proportioned locomotive.  After spending some time at Sheffield Park, I went on the look out for some spots to take some pictures of the steam in action.

2015 - Bluebell Railway - Sheffield Park - Southern Railway Maunsell S15 class 847With 847 caught running north of Sheffield Park up Freshfield Bank, I then found another spot to see 263 drifting down the other way.

2015 - Bluebell Railway - Sheffield Park - South Eastern and Chatham Railway H class 263All in all, it was a cracking afternoon!  More pictures and posts from the visit are listed below:

Sheffield Park Update

S15 847

U Class 1638

Ex-LBSCR E4 Class B473

SECR H Class 263

One Day…

Views of the Adams Radial Tank

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