Tomorrow is the big day!
We will be celebrating the Grand Reopening of the Bluebell Railway and our 60th birthday!
The picture above shows the scene on Platform 2 at Sheffield Park on 7 August 1960 when the first passenger trains ran on the preserved line.
The scene won't be quite like that tomorrow when the first train leaves at 09:00 because of the current circumstances — but there will bethe same level of excitement as the whistle blows and the wheels start turning once again.
It's been a long, hard road to recovery after 20 weeks of closure. Thank you to all the members, staff, volunteers, supporters and friends of the Railway who have kept the faith during the shutdown. We always knew the fires would be lit once more — and we have seen steam flourishing in Sussex again!
There's been a real sense of excitement around the Railway this week as everyone has pulled together to produce a spectacular reopening plan.
Now it's time to show our visitors and the wider world what we do best: giving people a safe, enjoyable and memorable day out.
Paul Bromley, Communications Director, Bluebell Railway