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Bluebell Railway service runs through East Croydon for first time in 65 years

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A SPECIAL train service brought back memories when it made its first journey through East Croydon station in 65 years last Thursday (March 28).

The Bluebell Railway train was the first to make the journey from London Victoria to Sheffield Park, East Sussex, since 1958.

The journey marks the reopening of a new section of the Bluebell Railway between East Grinstead and Lewes.

Kenley railway enthusiast Michael Cassidy, 69, waited more than half an hour at East Croydon to witness the special occasion.

Mr Cassidy said: "It was very exciting for someone with my interests to see a train like this pass through locally.

"I am not sure too many people at the station took much notice but I certainly enjoyed it."

The train will not run regular services through the station but Mr Cassidy hopes there will be more special services like the one operated by UK Railtours.

The service was hauled by a locomotive 66739 and also passed through Crystal Palace station and Norwood Junction.


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