Our museum

The Bluebell Railway Museum tells the story of the Lewes to East Grinstead Railway line and illustrates the history of railways in the South of England

The museum was opened on 23 June 2011 by Lord Faulkner of Worcester, president of the Heritage Railway Association.

The museum at Sheffield Park tells the story of the Bluebell Railway, which began as the Lewes and East Grinstead Railway (LEGR) in 1882, being taken over by the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway (LBSCR) a year later. It also outlines how railways developed from the horse drawn railways of the 1600s, to steam locomotives and then electric trains.

Bluebell Railway Story on Collection page

Lord Faulkner of Worcester, president of the Heritage Railway Association (centre).
Sam Bee a trustee of The Bluebell Railway Trust (right).
Tony Drake, Museum Curator (left).

The museum is in two sections.

In the first section you'll find out:

  • Why railways started in this area
  • How the Bluebell Line began and developed
  • How local enthusiasts fought to keep it open

In the second section you'll discover:

  • The link between the Industrial Revolution and railways
  • The people who pioneered railways
  • The amazing developments that have shaped today's railways
  • Fascinating objects from railways past and present

The tenacity and diligence of those responsible for acquiring the items which record the history of railways in Southern England has resulted in one of the finest collections available and one which is of national importance.

Bluebell Railway Museum Curator with station bell

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Bluebell Railway celebrates sixty years