Flying Scotsman on the Bluebell Line

Bluebell Railway Branch Line Gala Returns for 2023

Trainspotters and steam enthusiasts, mark your diary. The Bluebell Railway’s ‘Branch Line Gala Weekend’ returns between April 21-23, with stunning guest locomotives joining the railway’s usual collection.

Tickets are priced at £37 for a one day adult travel ticket. Or, just £10 for a station entrance ticket (does not include travel). Trains will run on a rotation every twenty minutes. Bluebell Railway has provided a timetable for those wanting to ride on their favourite locomotive, available at

Bluebell Railway’s home locomotives the BR Standard Tank Engine 80151, Stroudley A1 Terrier nicknamed “Fenchurch” and the SECR Sterling O1 will all be partaking in the gala. 

Guest locomotives include the No. 15 “Hastings”, the UK’s oldest surviving Hunslet locomotive. The locomotive was built in 1888, and has a striking resemblance to Thomas the Tank Engine. Hastings was retired in 1957, but would not drive again until 2017 following major restoration works. The other guest locomotives are ‘Lancashire and Yorkshire A class No. 52322’ and ‘Pug No. 19’ – a small light train initially designed for smaller, tighter tracks.

With a wide range of traditional steam engines and an exceptional museum. Whether you intend to ride the special services or simply watch the engines in action, the Gala Weekend promises to be a terrific day out for all the family.

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