Title ID 5010Collection ID640
Title[Bluebell Railway Through the Years]
Date1970; 1980-1990
CollectionCooper Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsLandscape Leisure Time Activities Men Motor Vehicles Railway Stations Rural Areas Steam Locomotives Railways Roads Trades Transport Urban Areas Workers
LocalHorsted Keynes Sheffield Park
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionH. Chris Cooper
CameraH. Chris Cooper
FormatColour Sound
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This multipart film shows several steam engines lined up outside Horsted Keynes Station for an open day style event, inter-cut with scenes of several men laying track on the railway and driving locomotive machinery. The second part shows the transportation of several dilapidated Bluebell engines by road to the Bluebell Railway coach works in Sussex. The audio has been removed from the online version for copyright reasons.


Opening title: "Bluebell Railway Through the Years" shows several steam engines including the LB&SCR "Fenchurch", the BR standard Class "75027", SE&CR H-class "263", "CR 419", "Stowe No.928", "488", "K&ESR No.25 Northiam", "21C123 - Southern Blackmoor Vale", "9F", "92240" Standard Cl.9 heavy locomotive, lined up outside and passing through Horsted Keynes Station. Spectators line the platforms to take photographs of the engines and take rides on a replica "Rocket" on loan from the National Railway Museum.

Scenes of engines passing through the station in the film are inter-cut by shots of several men laying track or repairing the railway line, using hand tools and heavy machinery.

The second part of the film shows the transportation and movement of several dilapidated Bluebell locomotive engines by road, on the back of low-loading haulage vehicles, being driven to the Bluebell Railway coachworks in Sussex just outside Horsted Keynes. The transported engines bear the numbers: "92240", "80100", "30847".


a still from [Bluebell Railway Through the Years] (1970; 1980-1990)