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About the Bluebell Railway
The Bluebell Railway is a heritage line running for nine miles along the border between East and West Sussex, and is managed and run largely by volunteers. It has the largest collection of steam locomotives in the UK, with over 30, after the National Railway Museum (NRM). The Bluebell also has a collection of almost 150 carriages and wagons, most of them pre-war, unrivalled in the south of England.
The Bluebell Railway was the first preserved standard gauge steam-operated passenger railway in the world to operate a public service, running its first train on 7 August 1960, less than three years after the line from East Grinstead to Lewes had been closed by British Railways. The Bluebell Railway also preserved a number of steam locomotives even before the cessation of steam service on British mainline railways in 1968.
2007 marked the railway's 125th anniversary, 2009 marked the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society's 50th anniversary, and 2010 marked the Bluebell's 50th anniversary of running services.