We found the Bluebell Railway station which is a short walk from the Southern Railway electric trains. It is well equipped with a refreshment carriage and small shop. Our train to Sheffield Park was hauled by a Black Five which was not very exciting for me but many others were delighted, trains run tender first or backwards towards Sheffield Park.
While waiting for our train, the Golden Arrow Pullman lunch train was prepared and left. It was hauled by no less than an SECR H class 0-4-4T 263 in beautiful full SECR livery and complete with a Golden Arrow headboard. I remember seeing these locomotives shunting at Orpington on Saturdays and also on the Westerham Branch.
|U class 1638 at Sheffield Park|
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We decided to take a look at East Grinstead. The walk from the station was not promising as it seemed to be full of hairdressers and betting shops. The Ship Inn provided a good beer (Tribute) and Sauvignon Blanc. We made a detour into the older part of the town on the way back and found it delightful. There are a couple of rows of wood framed houses as well as some interesting stone buildings. The church was also worth a detour.