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Welcome!

You are one of the many visitors who look for new pictures on our web site each day.

We have recently been concentrating on photographs and comments about work to the new Bluebell Railway northern extension to East Grinstead. Now that this is completed (although in our opinion nowhere near finished) we are spreading our coverage to other unusual views of the Bluebell and other steam railways.

All our pictures are placed on the latest page first after which they are transferred to archive or backup pages on a weekly basis. All are accessible from this main index page which is directly linked from every page header. Our index page also has before and after maps of Imberhorne cutting together with up to date diagrams of the work.

The Bluebell Railway runs steam services between East Grinstead and Sheffield Park in Sussex. Sheffield Park is best known for the large house and gardens of the same name which are a half mile or so up the road from the station.

Other places served include Horsted Keynes, where the station is about a mile from the village proper and Kingscote which is nowhere that is near nowhere else! A walk up from the station to Horsted Keynes village will allow you to visit either of the two pubs and the village church (probably best in that order!). The church is well over 1000 years old and built on an ancient Dolman circle. For more information on the village take a look at www.horstedkeynes.com.

There also used to be a station at West Hoathly but this has unfortunately been demolished and trains no longer stop there. This makes the run from Kingscote to Horsted Keynes which also goes through a half mile long tunnel one of the longest uninterrupted runs on British preserved steam railways.

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With the Bluebell Railway finally reconnected with the main line at East Grinstead we continue to cover events on vintage railway line in the South East of England. For journey details please see www.bluebell-railway.co.uk . Please bookmark this page and look back frequently. There is a new YouTube appeal video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7S0vjSOslk and we hope that our video updates will also help to keep you informed as the railway presses out in other directions!.

THIS PAGE WAS LAST UPDATED ON 10th MAY 2013 - ALL OUR PICTURES ©RT.CO.UK

EXTENDING THE
BLUEBELL RAILWAY

KEEPING AN EYE ON THE NEW CUTTING

THE OUSE VALLEY
RAILWAY

TAKE A JOURNEY

THE BLUEBELL LINE
IN 1943

WARTIME TRAGEDY

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These are our unofficial pages covering several South Eastern steam railways. We started this website because we found official coverage inadequate and wanted to show what was happening for those who are unable to visit their railway. We must comment that the Bluebell have improved their reporting dramatically lately. All our pictures are taken ONLY from public land and even that access is limited so we are just photographing what any other interested person could easily see if they were in the area. The comments are ours alone, they are often criticised, sometimes wrong, yet often correct! Please read and and enjoy our pages with these thoughts in mind but do try to visit your favourite line soon.  We also hope to cover any future extension work on the way to Ardingly.

 With updates and news about this website
THIS LINK WILL ALWAYS LEAD YOU TO OUR VERY LATEST PICTURES ON A DAILY BASIS
Extra page celebrating the Bluebell Railway's main line reconnection
The start of tip extraction work prior to 2011
Clearing the cutting - Part One - Up to May 2011
Clearing the cutting - Part Two - May to September 2011
Clearing the cutting - Part Three - From late September 2011
Clearing the cutting - Part Four - Final part 2011
Clearing the cutting - Part Five - First part 2012
Clearing the cutting - Part Six - From June 2012
Clearing the cutting - Part Seven - From September 2012
Clearing the cutting - Part Eight to end 2012
2013 New Bluebell Cutting Picture Archive
(Smaller pages to make viewing easier)
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5
Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10
Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15
  May 2013   June 2013  

Newest pictures are always found here first

The First trains
Other Bluebell Railway pictures
In and around Horsted Keynes Station
An illustrated journey along the Ouse Valley Railway

PICTURES AND DIAGRAMS OF THE IMBERHORNE CUTTING AREA
In all the following pictures south is to the left and north to the right to fit the captions neatly.

High quality compilation photo showing the tip near East Grinstead that stands in the way of the Bluebell Railway reconnecting with the main line.

Before it started! Compilation Bing Maps photo showing the state of the cutting near East Grinstead as it was in 2008/9 standing in the way of the Bluebell Railway reconnecting with the main line. The "mole hills" are the positions of test drillings that were made by the railway some time earlier. As can be seen these seem to concentrate on one side of the tip, which is the area originally planned to be extracted first. This is a pity as the new narrower cutting is on the other side!

A representation of the amount of spoil removed to date

Above you can see that the way is now clear and the rails relaid through the cutting. After the official opening work will continue to remove the extra clay capping material and hopefully return the cutting to nature. At both ends of the cutting a new 1 in 55 and 1 in 60 gradient has been put in to raise line level up to a summit between the bridges and leaving a height clearance of 6 metres at Imberhorne Lane bridge.

A map showing the tip area before filling with rubbish began.

We are pleased to be able to include on the left a large scale Ordinance Survey map showing the cutting before it was filled with all that household rubbish.

As ever to see the map full size please click. This download will hopefully give an idea of the scale of work that was needed to complete the job.

©1936 Ordinance Survey; this is an A4 size extract permitted by fair use.

 

 

 

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