As the summer holidays are almost upon us and you’re frantically trying and think of exciting outings and adventures for your children; we’ve done some of the hard work for you!
Do you have a little train enthusiast on your hands?
Well if so, we’ve put together a collection of some of the coolest steam railways in Sussex to excite any future train driver!
First on our list is the iconic Bluebell Railway; one of the first preserved heritage lines in the country with some of the finest steam locomotives still running the lines here.
The Bluebell Railway runs steam trains between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead, with stops at Horsted Keynes and Kingscote.
For avid train fans, buy an ‘All Day Rover’ ticket and hop on and off as much as you like!
The South Downs Light Railway is run within the Pulborough Garden Centre in Pulborough and takes passengers on a trip through the gardens from Stopham Road Station, based within the garden centre.
Great fun for adults and children alike, the trains run from March to September and are hauled by a real coal-burning steam engine.
With a journey of just under one mile, The SDLR is the perfect adventure for the smaller train enthusiasts amongst you!
Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park has everything you need to satisfy your locomotive needs; travel behind the famous one-eight scale miniature locomotives for a mile as they meander around the beautiful country park then stroll around the five=acre lake; there’s something for everyone! Not to mention the maze, adventure playground and a prize-winning tea gardens!
Venture a little further afield and nestled in the country just past Liphook is Hollycombe Steam In The Country.
An absolute hidden gem, Hollycombe hosts a number of different steam railways, from Quarry to Gardens, as well as a steam farm full of machinery in addition to an impressive collection of traction engines and steam tractors.
Hollycombe is all about authenticity and this isn’t limited to just their vehicles; even the fairground hosts authentic steam-driven Victorian and Edwardian Fairground rides; home to the oldest mechanically operated fairground attraction, ‘Mr Field’s Steam Circus’.
There are a number of other steam railways in the most idyllic and authentic locations within our county which haven’t been included in this article due to closures as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, we recommend regularly checking the opening arrangements for these as the summer holidays continue; The Volks Railway, Littlehampton Miniature Railway, Bodiam Station and Hotham Park Miniature Railway – many of these steam railways are volunteer-run and/or maintained and so will rely upon your enthusiasm and support when they re-open.