England's Bluebell Railway extension nears completion

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SHEFFIEL PARK, England – A project to extend the Bluebell Railway heritage steam railway by 2 miles is nearing completion, BBC News reports. The extension will allow trains to connect to the main line at East Grinstead.

More money is required to finish the extension, which is 100 meters from completion. Much of the work has entailed clearing thousands of tons of waste rock from a cut at Imberhorne. The original line closed 55 years ago and the Imberhorne cut was used as a landfill site. The railway currently runs nine miles from Sheffield Park to Kingscote.
The Bluebell Railway said it needs about $320,000 to complete the extension.

Chris White, the railway’s project controller and infrastructure director, said, “We are tantalizingly close now. We have about 100m of material to clear out of the cutting. “Once that is cleared out, we can finish off the track and have our connection in place by around mid January.”

The Bluebell Railway attracts around 170,000 visitors a year.
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