Even though I am probably 20 years or so to young to have been around steam trains, hearing, seeing and smelling such great machines in action cannot stop anyone getting excited about steam trains and seeing a railway station from days gone by. The ticket office starts your travel back to those heady days of steam trains and a great visit with it's original features and receiving a small ticket to then get punched by the station master.
Living nearby it has been 10 years since I last visited the station and took a 1st class journey all the way to East Grinstead and back. Ok was £24 each for my wife and I but £12 each way in a plush carriage (#412) dating back from 1900 is very reasonable in comparison to today's rail fares.
Loved our 1 3/4 hour trip up and down the line through the Sussex countryside. Seeing a large herd of deer in one field was great. The smell of the steam and smoke going through the tunnel was great, seeing the fiery specks in the smoke :)
Enjoyable day out and recommended for all public or secret train spotters everywhere!
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