You are warmly invited to the very first meeting of the new Nikon Owner South-East Group, which has been kindly organised by long-standing Nikon user and Nikon Owner subscriber Paul Stillman. This initial meeting will take place on Sunday, August 14th, at the Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park, East Sussex.
The Bluebell Railway is holding a Vintage Transport Weekend offering opportunities to photograph not only their magnificent engines and rolling stock, but also a fine display of historic, classic and vintage cars, motorcycles, stationary engines, steam road engines, commercial vans and farm tractors, all attended by the enthusiasts who restore and maintain them.
Parking can be found at Sheffield Park Station, from where trains depart on the hour between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to take everyone to Horsted Keynes Station, where the display can be found in a field a few yards away. There will even be a barbeque and a real ale tent to sustain us whilst changing memory cards!
Sheffield Park Station (TN22 3QL)
Sheffield Park Station is the best point to join the Bluebell Railway. This is situated on the A275 East Grinstead – Lewes main road, about two miles north of its junction with the A272. The Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park is well signposted with brown tourist direction signs from the A22 and A23 trunk roads. There is plenty of available parking at Sheffield Park as well as a Coach Park and Disabled Bays.
Click here to view a map on streetmap.co.uk.
You may remember the Railway’s 50th Anniversary Appeal was featured by the actor David Suchet OBE in an issue of Nikon Owner in 2009 (issue #30), so as well as an excellent day out we will be helping a very worthy cause. If you would like to attend, please let me know by posting a response on the message board. This event is also suitable for family and friends, so do feel free to arrive and depart whenever you like and bring your family members. Prices are on the Bluebell Railway website, www.bluebell-railway.com and bookings can be made in advance by phoning 01825 720800. Single admission is £15 booked before 31st July, £17 after that. A family ticket is £45 to £51.
Please support the launch of the South-East Nikon Owner group. It is a wonderful way for our subscribers to meet, exchange ideas and share photographic interests, and anyone can attend, no matter which part of the UK you come from!
About the Bluebell Railway
The Bluebell Railway is a heritage line running for nine miles along the border between East and West Sussex. Steam trains are operated between Sheffield Park and Kingscote, with an intermediate station at Horsted Keynes.
Historically, an Act of Parliament in 1877 authorised the construction of the Lewes and East Grinstead Railway of which the current Bluebell Railway is part. The original line was sponsored by local landowners, including the Earl of Sheffield, and was in general use for the public as a railway until February 1955 when it was closed.
The railway is now managed and run largely by volunteers. It has the largest collection of steam locomotives in the UK after the National Railway Museum.
Please click on the link below to show your interest: