Model rail makers build station replica and help pay for its refurbishment

FAMOUS makers of model railways have produced a scale model of the Victorian station at Sheffield Park. Bachmann has been working with the Bluebell Railway to create the replica of the original station, built in 1882.

And the firm has donated £3,285 towards the Bluebell Railway as a proportion of the model sales. The money will be used to help restore the original station buildings at the railway’s headquarters.

Bachmann managing director David Haarhuss presented a cheque to Bluebell Railway retail director Russell Pearce and Sheffield Park station master, Len Harvie in a short ceremony on the July 16.

The Railway has formed a Friends of Sheffield Park group to help repair the ravages of wind and weather on the fabric of the buildings.

Accepting the donation Russell Pearce said that the railway had been pleased to co-operate with Bachmann on this project which helped build closer ties with an important player in the model railway world and advance the restoration of an important building.

The railway is also pleased to announce the return to service of H Class locomotive 263 this weekend. On Saturday there will be a rededication service at Horsted Keynes Station from 10.00am.

The engine will operate on a number of different services and will be joined by other South Eastern and Chatham locomotives including C Class number 592, P Class number 323 ‘Bluebell’ and P Class number 178, all of which are over 100 years of age.