The Group is well known for preservation of the only complete, privately owned, express electric multiple unit train in the UK. This is 4Cor unit, number 3142. Built for the 1938 Mid-Sussex line electrification to Portsmouth and Bognor Regis, 3142 is under restoration to operational condition and its coaches are currently located at the East Kent Railway. At the moment our coaches are not regularly on public display at the other sites as they are work sites. Volunteers are always welcomed by the preservation team - as also are donations towards the high cost of the work involved!
We are also restoring the first production Kent Coast 4 Cep unit 7105. It is featured on our coffee mugs in its post refurbishment guise as 1537. South West Trains later substituted a 4BEP Buffet car, originally formed in unit 7014, for its trailer second which is the formation in which it was delivered to Shepherdswell in February 2004. The motor coaches are currently at Eastleigh works to allow the guard vans to be refitted.
The Society collects and preserves artefacts relating to this fascinating period of transport history for our extensive archives as well as material relating to Southern Region Mk1 based stock in order to help us in our active preservation of Class 421 Phase 1 4 CIG unit 1753.
Today, visitors can ride lovingly restored heritage trains between the small leafy village of Shepherdswell and the idyllic village of Eythorne, near Dover in Kent, a distance of just over two miles.
The railway runs most Sundays throughout the year, with the exception of winter months, when a limited service may be in operation. Please check the timetable for further details or visit our timetable and events pages for details of all train times and events throughout the year.
The museum is home to the largest private collection of electric trains in Britain and many of them are available for visitors to go inside and sample the travelling experience of days past. We are open to visitors on selected days of the year from April to October and admission is free.
Since its instigation in 1967 the Bulleid Society has always aimed to maintain its locomotives and coach in an authentic condition as possible. The West Country class locomotive is in Malachite green livery and carries the Southern roundel on the smokebox. The only fundamental difference between its current appearance and that of 1946 being the change in cab to the wedge shaped cab, introduced in 1954. No. 96, has run in a variety of authentic liveries since the locomotive was purchased by the Society in 1972 and after the forthcoming overhaul will run with a full cab and British Railway livery rather than the cut away cab now in place. The Society’s Bulleid coach will continue to display its Bulleid Malachite green livery on completion of the current overhaul.
Latest Update 18th April 2016