In 2017, some UK family members and I enjoyed a ride on the Bluebell Railway. We were on one of several steam locomotives on a railway line that was closed by British Railways in 1955 but preserved by enthusiasts and still running today.
We took the train from East Grinstead to Sheffield Park and were pleased to experience the carriages and corridors that some of us remembered from our childhood.
Among the enthusiasts who have contributed to maintaining this railway is Ian Allan Publishing. This is significant for me because Ian Allan Travel was my first employer when I left school. The Ian Allan group of companies was begun by a railway fan and the travel agency evolved from that interest. The agency I worked for arranged European travel for school groups. It was a fantastic first job because it gave me my first experience of both European travel and solo travel!
So, with thanks to Ian Allan and my family, here are some of the pictures I took while enjoying the Bluebell Railway.