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Just before 10am a journey was taken through the Sussex countryside that hadn't been made for more than 50 years.
Thanks to an incredible volunteer and fundraising operation - steam engines once again took to the tracks of an extended Bluebell Railway line.
Andy Dickenson was there and speaks to volunteer Roger Garman, Jim Holden, grandson of one of the heritage railway's founders Bernard Holden, fundraising manager Roger Kelly and engine driver Russ Hubner.
The extension of the Bluebell Railway opened this morning with the departure of a Birch Grove steam engine The Pioneer from East Grinstead. Our cameras were there to film it.
The extension of the Bluebell Railway opened this morning but before the first steam engine took to the tracks in East Grinstead we spoke to its driver Russ Hubner and funding director Roger Kelly.
The first steam train has made it's way along the Bluebell Railway tracks to East Grinstead in Sussex since work to extend the line. A massive fundraising effort was needed to raise enough money to link up the nine mile stretch with the national network.
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Volunteers behind a rural heritage steam railway had their long-held dream of seeing it extended to the national network realised today.