I (admit steam buff,no anorak) took my wife with me (Hooray) to the Bluebell Railway whilst travelling round Sussex/Kent/Surrey and had mixed feelings:
Car parking facility at Sheffield Park...Excellent.
Beautiful station building at Sheffield Park and varied stations on journey.
Tremendous Engine Shed at Sheffield Park and interesting and informative museum on platform 2(one of the best visited).
GWR Engine (Great..biased) for journey but was hoping a Southern on Bluebell.
Picturesque journey rather pleasant but repetitive (Spoilt by Severn Valley/West Somerset/North Yorkshire even short North Norfolk).
Staff very friendly and helpful except ..Here I come for what does annoy me...When asking for one adult and one senior return ,I am told adult only...Okay and then charged 2x £16.50,but once again like some other Heritage Railways... Why not offered the 3rd One Stop Return at £14.00 ? as like most journeys we stay on the train there and back. It appears this always seems to happen in the ticket offices by them to charge the most expensive ticket and leaves a sour taste in my mouth.
On a lighter note The Sheffield Park and Garden (National Trust) is also worth a visit close next to the Railway (Keep the Wife happy)
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