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In uncertain times humans reach out for tradition, heritage and memories of better times. In the US that means supersized Big Macs, in France they’re hopefully dealing with the stresses of the pandemic by guzzling Champagne and here, in the UK, it’s steam trains of course.

Nothing inspires Britons like a train. When Wills’n’Kate went on tour last week, we were more stoked about the Royal Train than the royals. Harry Potter commutes to boarding school on a steam train, it’s one of the most iconic pieces of Potter-dom, and it’s not even magic. That’s how magical they are. Well, Nigel Gresley, you ain’t seen nothing. Steam trains just got the Christmas lights makeover.

A short-ish drive out of London, the East Sussex heritage steam railway, the Bluebell Railway, has festooned their locomotives and rolling stock with stunning light displays and it’s completely magical.

If you’re as much of a sucker for London’s incredible light installations, then the Bluebell Railway sees your Syon Parks, Wisleys and Kew and raises them thanks to coal power and pistons. It’ll have your four-year-olds and thirty-year-olds in complete awe.

The Bluebell Railway has festooned their locomotives and rolling stock with stunning light displays and it's completely magical...

Running between Sheffield Park in East Sussex and East Grinstead in West Sussex, the intricate light system (tricky to install in the most static of settings)  include thousands of bulbs and are also covid safe.

The tier two attraction can also throw in a picnic box for a little extra...

Traditional railways carriages are ideal for social distancing, with tickets sold by the compartment. The tier two attraction can also throw in a picnic box for a little extra.

Needless to say, we think it’s chuffing amazing. Obviously the new London tiering system throws a potential spanner, so if you’re based in town then you might need to wait until after the tiers are relaxed (next opportunity 30th December), which is fine because they’re running the service until late January when hopefully things will be a little more normal…

And if you’re not in a Tier 3 area, or if East and West Sussex follow us into Tier 3, then everything’s hunky and we’ll see you there.

www.bluebell-railway.com


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