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Bluebell Railway in Sussex celebrates 50th anniversary

The steam railway opened in 1960 and now runs for nine miles

A steam railway in Sussex has celebrated its anniversary by recreating the journey of one its original locomotives 50 years ago.

Some of the Bluebell Railway's founder members gathered at Horsted Keynes Station to mark the arrival of the Stepney steam train.

The entourage then travelled towards Sheffield Park Station in Uckfield.

The steam railway opened in 1960 and now runs for nine miles from Sheffield Park to Kingscote.

Roy Watts, the chairman of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society, said: "We have got people here from that first day.

"Some of them have been talking to me about where they stood when the steam engine first came around the corner.

"There's a great amount of respect for the railway in the community. They do see it as their little garden railway."

A £4m project to extend the railway to East Grinstead is under way.



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