Ladies and gentlemen, here is a very special passenger announcement: the Flying Scotsman will pay its first ever visit to the Bluebell Railway
next month! That's daily trips from 13-19 April, to be precise.
For steam train enthusiasts this will be truly special occasion, and for those of you who dream of riding in a train pulled by the historic locomotive itself, tickets are on sale NOW. They are expected to sell very quickly but don't worry if you're a little late off the mark - you can also book for the daily Gala Event that offers trips with other locomotives; and for viewing only, so you still get to see Flying Scotsman up close and personal, as well as all the other attractions on site. And for many the Gala Events will the top choice, because they'll offer thrilling views of the venerable engine in action.
Flying Scotsman will be starting from Sheffield Park station, where parking is available for ticket holders. The Bluebell Railway's own locomotives will be starting from Horsted Keynes, so if you have tickets for those you need to head there first - and your bonus is unlimited journeys all day on trains that aren't pulled by Flying Scotsman. Buses will be operating from Haywards Heath; check the Bluebell Railway website
for timetables nearer the date. Please note that viewing-only tickets won't be available for East Grinstead station itself (the Bluebell Railway is adjacent to the main station there) due to restricted space.
I do suggest you check the website for details before you go, in case of last-minute changes and updates. I believe they're anticipating up to 6000 visitors each day, so expect to queue - but it'll be worth it.
Did you know, by the way, that the Bluebell Railway's three original Queen Anne-style stations - Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes and Kingscote - have all appeared in Downton Abbey?