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After a gap of nearly a year and a half I made a return trip to the Bluebell railway. Since my last visit there have been some changes. New locomotives have appeared such as the return of newly overhauled H No. 263 plus two current visitors consisting of BR 9F No. 92212 & GWR Small Prairie No. 5521. In contrast some locomotives have been withdrawn since my 2012 visit such as BR Standard 4 No. 80151 & E4 No. 473 which has been withdrawn for boiler work.

Of course the biggest change to the railway is the extension into East Grinstead which extends the line to about 11 miles featuring running over Imberhorne Viaduct just outside East Grinstead.

Three locomotives were in operation:

SE&CR C Class No. 592
SE&CR H Class No. 263
GWR Small Prairie No. 5521 running as L.150
East Grinstead Station.SE&CR H No. 263 & C No. 592.SE&CR H No. 263 & C No. 592.SE&CR H No. 263 & C No. 592.SE&CR H No. 263 & C No. 592.GWR Small Prairie No. 5521/L.150BR Standard 4 No. 80064 & GWR Dukedog No. 9017 'Earl of Berkeley'SE&CR O1 No. 65LSWR B4 No. 96 'Normandy'LB&SCR A1x No. 55 'Stepney'LB&SCR A1x No. 55 'Stepney' Fletcher Jennings No. 3 'Captain Baxter'LB&SCR A1x No. 55 'Stepney' Fletcher Jennings No. 3 'Captain Baxter'SE&CR P No. 323SE&CR P No. 323S15 No. 847Bulleid No. 34059 'Sir Archibald Sinclair'LB&SCR E4 No. 473U Class No. 1618, P No. 178 & E4 No. 473GWR Dukedog No. 9017 'Earl of Berkeley' & SE&CR O1 No. 65SE&CR H No. 263 & C No. 592.

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Keywords:Bluebell Railway, C Class, East Grinstead, GWR, H Class, Horsted Keynes, Kingscote, L.150, SECR, Sheffield Park, Small Prairie, Southern Railway