The Pioneer BRPS Members' Special Train

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Recreate the early days of Bluebell Railway, the longest running line of its kind, by riding on The Pioneer! 

This train is free of charge and for BRPS members only.

All visitors to the Bluebell Railway must comply with the Government guidance on people meeting socially in place at the time of their visit. From 17 May, the government is planning to move to step 3 of its roadmap, which means the Rule of six or two households will apply indoors. Visitors travelling on our trains must be in groups of six or fewer, or with one other household . The full government roadmap out of lockdown can be found here. 

You can find our full safety measures on our Covid-19 Safety Measures page.

Travel in the luxury bubble of your own compartment - which can seat up to 10 people in Third Class and up to 8 people in First Class, tables for 4 are also available on some trains. (Compartment sizes may vary dependant on the carriages used - the maximum seating per compartment is shown on the tickets available for sale for each train.)

This service begins and ends at Sheffield Park Station, and includes a return trip to East Grinstead. The journey time is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes and there will be a brief stop halfway through at East Grinstead while the locomotive 'runs around' the train (hanges from one end to the other). 

Why not add some of our delicious pre-packed food boxes to enjoy on your journey? Food boxes are just £8.00 each and Stepney boxes are available for children at £6.00 each.

A selection of drinks is also available to pre-order (we are sorry but no food or drinks can be purchased whilst onboard).

Please select your food boxes and drinks during the booking process. 

Please note food boxes and drinks are only available to pre-order until 4pm the day before travel.

Why not make your journey extra special with a souvenir? We have a selection available for you to purchase when you make your booking!

Please note souvenirs are only available to pre-order until 4pm the day before travel.

Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your booked departure time.

Continental Breakfast    Cream Tea  Stepney Box

Continental Breakfast for One

(Croissant with butter & jam, breakfast roll with ham & cheese, breakfast pastry, a carton of juice)

Departures until 11am *


* Available to pre-order until 4pm the day before travel

Ploughman's for One
(Savoury roll, chutney, salad, butter and salad cream)


Departures from 11am to 1.15pm *


* Available to pre-order until 4pm the day before travel

Cream Tea for One

(Savoury roll, assortment of cakes & pastries, and scones with clotted cream and jam)


Departures after 1.15pm *


* Available to pre-order until 4pm the day before travel

Stepney Box for One
(for children)
(Soft filled roll filled with ham or cheese, crisps, fruit snack. chocolate treat, orange juice carton, colouring booklet & crayons) 

All services *


* Available to pre-order until 4pm the day before travel



For your safety:

  • Face Coverings - Face coverings must be worn in public places such as platforms, in the museum and SteamWorks! and when boarding or alighting from the trains in accordance with Government guidance. Face coverings can be removed when seated onboard but will need to be worn if passengers leave their seats to use the toilet, and when entering or leaving the trains.
  • Socially distanced seating - Our onboard seating capacity has been reduced to allow for a comfortable, socially distanced journey. Passengers are asked to remain in their allocated seats throughout the journey, unless they need to leave their seat to use the toilet
  • Pre-packed food - All meals are hygienically pre-packed in covered boxes. All our serving staff have been fully trains and will follow the government guidelines for serving of food and drinks.

Please visit our Covid-19 safety measures page for more information.

Please note:

  • All trains depart from and return to Sheffield Park Station
  • All food and drink on this service is by pre-order only and is only available to pre-order until 4pm the day before travel
  • Tickets are valid for the service and date specified on the ticket only
  • Tickets only valid for class of travel booked - no upgrades are available
  • We are sorry but it isn't possible to take prams/buggies/pushchairs cannot be on this service. These may be left in the care of the station staff at the departure station.


  • Compartments and tables are allocated automatically. Parties from separate bookings will not be seated in the same compartment.
  • If you are booking for a large group, your party may be split into more than one compartment or across more than one table


  • We are pleased to offer a specially adapted area for wheelchair users on some runnings of this service, please call our Customer Service Team on 01825 720800 to book these spaces 
  • If you or a member of your party have mobility issues and would like to travel on this service, please call our Customer Service Team on 01825 720800 who will be happy to discuss your requirements with you.

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