Michael S. Welch

Vintage Bluebell: The Early Years in Colour

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The Bluebell Railway has changed significantly over the years since its initial reopening in August 1960 at Sheffield Park. A large and varied selection of locomotives and rolling stock have been restored to working order, with stations and signal boxes renovated and the railway extended to Kingscote. Ambitious plans are now well underway to return to East Grinstead, thus connecting to the national rail network. The full colour pictures in this new book document the changes over the years, with the emphasis on those early days and scenes that can no longer be photographed. Also included are previously unpublished pictures from the BR era. The period atmosphere of the Bluebell Railway is also captured, with photographs of items like signals, some unique to the line, and the enamel advertising signs of yesteryear. A number of outstanding photographers including R C Riley have contributed to the book and virtually all the pictures, taken between 1955 and 1970, are published for the first time. 85 full colour photographs.