Bluebell Railway Revisited, July 2013-Part 1

 

A Pleasant Saturday Time Travel Experience.

British Rail class 9F 2-10-0 92212
British Rail class 9F 2-10-0 92212 makes an impressive arrival at East Grinstead. Canon EOS 7D photo.

At the end of July, my friends and I made a pilgrimage to the Bluebell Railway, traveling by Southern Railway electric muliple unit from London to East Grinstead and transferring to the Bluebell’s steam train there.

This was my second trip over the Bluebell this year. While not the best day for photography, owing to a humid hazy morning with flat dull light and rain showers in the afternoon, I managed to make a variety of images of this classic British preserved railway. Regardless of the weather, Bluebell offers a pleasant trip to an earlier era.

In the last dozen years, I’ve made about a half dozen Bluebell visits that have allowed me to better appreciate the line and more fully experience it. It is one of just several dozen top notch preserved railways in Britain.

British Rail class 9F 2-10-0 92212
Engine driver on British Railways locomotive 92212 at Kingscote station. Canon EOS 7D photo.
Signal levers.
Levers at Sheffield Park signal box. Canon EOS 7D photo.
Privatization of British Rail has invoked nostalgia for the old days of a unified nationalized network. Canon EOS 7D photo.
Privatization of British Rail has invoked nostalgia for the old days of a unified nationalized network. Canon EOS 7D photo.
Horsted Keynes is a popular mid-line layover.
Horsted Keynes is a popular mid-line layover.

See my earlier posts on the Bluebell for more details and photos of the line:

Bluebell Railway April 2012 and Bluebell Railway April 2012-Part 2

 

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