Bluebell Railway steam railway lights up for Christmas | So Good News
A popular steam railway lights up for Christmas.
The Bluebell Railway, based at Sheffield Park Station in Uckfield, runs steam trains through the Sussex countryside.
The railway runs its Christmas light show Steamlights annually.
The carriages light up in the colors of the rainbow and the lights color the dark sky.
In the spirit of Christmas, Bluebell Railway has given away free journeys to people in need.
“We were delighted to be in a position to offer some space to individuals and families who may not be able to otherwise enjoy our wonderful Steamlights train,” said Lisa Boyle, chief executive of The Bluebell Railway.
Bluebell Railway partnered with West Sussex County Council and the charity Reaching Families to fill three trains with Ukrainian refugees and hosts from local villages as well as families with children with special educational needs.
The railway gave away a total of 77 compartments seating either 6 or 8 people, tables for 4 people and various seats in the wheelchair accessible carriage on three specific services with a value of well over £12,000.
“Steamlights is a beautiful, magical experience that lights up the night sky, lifts spirits and lights up hearts, said Kay Yeowart MBE, who hosted the event.
“We are extremely grateful to Bluebell Railway for inviting many local Ukrainian families sheltered from the extreme horrors of war to enjoy this wonderful event. The evening was very special to them and they loved every minute.”
The special event took place on Friday 18 November.
The Steamlights Railway is open now and will run until Sunday 8th January 2023.
The public can book entire compartments or tables to enjoy the festive fun for themselves.
The services run on selected days into the new year and run twice daily – from 4.45pm to 6.15pm and from 7.45pm to 9.15pm.