Sunday, 29 July 2012

The Bluebell Line: woo woo!

While we were away we had some lovely sunny days.  One such day, we took off for the Bluebell Railway line in Sussex.  My Dad was very fond of it and I may even have visited there myself as a little girl, though I have no recollection of it.    

The whole enterprise is manned by friendly volunteers who obviously LOVE steam trains and everything connected with them.  The lads enjoyed it, but I think Lee, Granny and me got more of a kick out of the experience than they did.  Sharing afternoon tea on the Director's saloon was especially wasted on them as they spent most of their time colouring in pictures of steam engines, which is something they could do at home anyday! 

Here are some pictures from the day:

It was like being in a time machine, especially when the train entered one of the three stations

Everything was so neat and beautifully-presented...

...with genuine old railway bits and pieces, like this...

and this.

And of course, there were plenty of these

The lads noticed this bit!  Going through the tunnel was very exciting- the dainty lamps seemed to come on by themselves.  It was like being on the Orient Express for dinner.  

As the little Toot would say, 'Fwoo fwooooo!'


Idle Rambler said...

Lovely photos. I'm so glad you had a good time on your holidays. You can't go wrong with a steam train outing. As you say, it does look very 'Orient Express' :-)The enthusiasts do a grand job of looking after everything so well too.

kee said...

Yes, we had a super day, lovely memories.... already seems a long time ago!