Bluebell Railway which is due to reopen to the public on Friday, August 7, its 60th birthday, has produced a film featuring TV actor and presenter Martin Clunes.
The star provides the commentary as railway volunteers to show how a day at Bluebell Railway, at Sheffield Park, near Uckfield, can be safe and enjoyable with new Covid-19 safety measures in place.
“We wanted to create something similar to the British Transport Films of the 1950s,” said Ruth Rowatt, Bluebell Railway Marketing Manager.
“Something fun, but reassuring. We were so thrilled when Martin Clunes said he would help. He is a great actor and he brought just the right tone and style – seriously amusing. We can’t thank him enough.”
Watch the film produced by and starring Bluebell Railway volunteers with Martin’s contribution here: https://youtu.be/sFQBFoSTRz0. It starts with a song: It Ain’t What You Do, It’s The Way That You Do It and progresses to the outing.
By putting new measures in place and ensuring the Bluebell Railway team have thought through how best to look after their visitors and staff the organisation has also been awarded the Visit England accreditation – We’re Good To Go.
Sixty years on from opening the first heritage steam railway of its kind in the UK, Bluebell Railway has created a new pre-booked service for new times. Newly-named trains pay homage to its long history of running preserved steam and are a nod to the early days of the ‘pioneer line’, as it was once known.
There are lots of dining options to choose from, starting from just £25 per person including travel on a beautifully preserved steam train. For bigger groups, booking your own private compartment for a trip through beautiful Sussex can be a treat. There are options to add food and drink at the time of booking, so you don’t even need to bring a picnic.
Bluebell Railway, like many heritage railways, is only able to reopen due to the amazing donations to its emergency fund. However, now they need the support of the visitor to survive and continue steaming through the next 60 years!
Tickets are pre-booked only. For more information about their services and to book visit: www.bluebell-railway.com.