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The embryonic Bluebell Railway attracted several double-headed railtours in the late '50s and early '60s and some of those tours brought already preserved motive power to Haywards Heath.
 
On the miserable morning of 31st March 1963 the Bluebell Railway's latest motive power acquisition, ex-LBSCR E4 class 0-6-2T Nº473 Birch Grove in original livery, made its way to Horsted Keynes as the train engine of yet another 'Blue Belle' railtour. With newly out-shopped Standard 4MT 2-6-4T Nº80084 providing able assistance they are seen here at East Croydon.

Note the snow which hadn't cleared since December's falls.

Photograph Mike Morant

E4 and Standard 4
 
Caley Single and T9 On a wonderfully sunny 15th September 1963 Caledonian single wheeler Nº123 and LSWR-liveried T9 Nº120 hauled the 'Blue Belle' special from London (Victoria) to Haywards Heath and back.

The train is depicted here as it passes Purley Oaks at a goodly clip.

Photograph Mike Morant

 
Four for the price of two!
The 'Blue Belle' tour train returns to Haywards Heath from Horsted Keynes behind E4 Nº473 and Adams radial Nº488 in the early evening light on 15th September 1963. The mainline motive power had been to Brighton for servicing and now awaits its turn with the rolling stock.

Photograph Mike Morant

E4 and Adams Radial

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