Saturday 1st April

Family Day Out - The Bluebell Railway

Back in the good old days, both trains and cars tended to have large amounts of steam coming out of them – to the delight of train drivers and despair of the car owners. Then things ‘improved’. Cars became less temperamental, but turned in to soul-less mass-produced boxes; whilst the age of steam gave way to the more reliable, but less emotive, electric and diesel rolling stock. It was predicted that by the 21st century we’d be driving electric cars and taking solar powered monorails to work. Well the good news is that you can spend today double-dosing on nostalgia, as the Ecurie Bluebell Car Club fills the Bluebell Railways' Sheffield Park car park with a collection of their classic cars. Up to seventy cars - probably including The Saints Volvo P1800, an Austin Healey 3000 and an MG or two (minus those who break down en route of course) should be on show. Touch chrome and marvel at sections of unnecessary, but still beautiful bodywork.

But, For most visitors however the real stars of the show are waiting inside the station. From today, and throughout the Easter holidays, the Bluebell Railway is running its daily ‘Vintage Branch Line’ service. Expect steam, expect whistles, and then expect to spend a long time looking around the impressively appointed locomotion sheds. And of course, you have to take a ride on a train. It’s not cheap, but it is memorable. Viva’s recommendation? Take the last train to Kingscote – it’s waiting at the station…

It's not Ivor, but it is an engine.
Sheffield Park, 11 miles from Lewes
When? VBT 12,2&4pm
How Much? Adult £9.50; Child (3-16)£4.70; Family (2+3) £27
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