As part of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations, 30777 Sir Lamiel visited for a spell during the Autumn, including staring in the Giants of Steam event. I captured Sir Lamiel during her visit on a running day with the E4 and Standard 4MT also in operation.
The Bluebell Railway reopened on 7th August 1960, when Terrier 55 Stepney and P Class 323 Bluebell ran from Sheffield Park to Bluebell Halt (just outside of Horsted Keynes). 50 years later a celebration was held on the Bluebell Railway, with Stepney, carrying her 1960 lined black, the star of the show recreating the original passenger trains. 323 was still under overhaul at the time of the gala, leaving Terrier Fenchurch to take her place on re-runs of the original trains. The three day events saw an intensive timetable with attractions up and down the line including Baxter shunting at Horsted Keynes, Blue Circle visiting and operating brake van rides on the Ardingly spur, a 15inch gauge Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway locomotive on a short demonstration line at Horsted Keynes, Furness 20 operating shuttles from Kingscote to Imberhorne cutting and locomotives usually kept undercover at Sheffield Park displayed in the sunshine at Horsted Keynes.