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Come along for a fun-packed weekend showcasing our small locomotives!

Our Branch Line event will recreate the branch line feel of our railway in its heyday by concentrating on the use of our smaller Bluebell locomotives, plus some very special visitors….

Taff Vale Tank No.85 (from Keighly & Worth Valley Railway)

No. 85 was built in 1899 by Neilson Reid for the Taff Vale Railway, which connected the Cardiff area with the coal mining industry located a few miles to the north. When the Taff Vale Railway was taken over by the GWR in 1922 the engine soon became surplus to requirements as the GWR had a policy of standardisation. In 1927 the engine was withdrawn and in 1929 the engine was sold to the Lambton, Hetton & Joicey Colliery Co. in County Durham to haul coal trains between the inland collieries and the coast.

When the coal industry was nationalised in 1947 it became NCB No. 52 and remained in service there until 1968 and following withdrawal arrived on the Worth Valley Railway in December 1970.

lt was re-built to its original outline by a group of Worth Valley volunteers in the 1990s and gave good service until withdrawal in 2010. Seen as an ideal locomotive for the branch line, TVR No. 85 entered the workshops at Haworth and re-entered service in 2016.

Ivatt Class 2 Tank Locomotive 41312 (from Mid Hants Railway)

An Ivatt LMS design introduced in 1946, 41312 was built in May 1952 at Crewe locomotive works and spent its entire working career on the Southern region. They were nick named Mickey Mouse tanks due to the placing of route indicator discs either side of the smokebox that then looked like ears.

41312 was first based at Faversham, then Ashford in June 1959, before being moved to Barnstaple Junction where she worked over the Torrington branch, putting in some appearances on the Ilfracombe and Exeter line.

In March 1963 she was reallocated to Brighton. In 1964 she moved to Bournemouth were she worked over the Swanage and Lymington branches. 41312 performed the last steam service on the Lymington branch in April 1967. The last 3 months of her career were spent at Nine Elms acting as a station shunter for Waterloo. She was finally withdrawn from service on the 3rd July 1967.

We will also be running the following locomotives over the weekend:

  • 263
  • 65
  • 178
  • 30541
  • 81515


A special timetable will be operating  on each of the three days, so why not spend a long weekend sampling the variety of what Bluebell Railway can offer, including locomotives, coaches and stations from the 1880s right through until the mid-1950s.

Come along and see the ‘small but mighty’ engines at their best!


Advance ticket prices:

Ticket Type

1-day 2-day 3-day
Adult  £23.00 £36.80 £50.60
Child £11.50 £18.40 £25.30
Family (2+3)  £57.50 £92.00 £126.50
BRPS* Member Adult £11.50 £18.40 £25.30
BPRS* Member Child £5.75 £9.20 £12.65
BRPS* Member Family (2+3)   £28.75  £46.00 £63.25
Carer Free Free Free
Dog  £2.00 - -

*BRPS - Bluebell Railway Preservation Society. Enjoy many membership benefits including disounted travel. Further details can be found on our webpage Membership

Please note:

  • Children under 3yrs (and babies) travel for free and do not require a ticket
  • Tickets are for 3rd class travel only
  • Tickets are valid on any Branch Line service on the date(s) specified on the ticket only
  • Carers will be required to show proof on the day of travel
  • BRPS members will be required to show proof of membership on the day of travel



Booking information

  • £1.95 transaction fee will be added per booking for any tickets purchased online.
  • A printing and postage charge of £1.50 per booking will also be added if Printed and Posted tickets are selected. eTickets are dispatched by email free of charge
  • eTickets are dispatched by email free of charge. You will receive 2 separate emails, a booking confirmation and your tickets.
  • If you purchase an eTicket, please print off a copy of your eTicket and bring it with you on the day of travel. If you are unable to print off your ticket and wish to bring it with you on a smartphone or tablet, it is advisable to bring a screenshot as mobile signal at some of our stations, and on our trains, is limited.
  • If paying by vouchers, please note all vouchers must be received by us before tickets can be issued. Please send vouchers to Customer Services, Bluebell Railway plc, Sheffield Park Station, Uckfield TN22 3QL
  • All bookings made under this online advance discount offer are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Terms & Conditions can be found on our website

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