Dozens of veterans from World War Two and more recent conflicts were treated to a special day out this month in Sussex.
And it was full steam ahead on the Bluebell line, as Derek Johnson reports.
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.
Among the casualties even before the Beeching Cuts: a beautiful 11 miles of track running through the Sussex countryside. But, thanks to an incredible fundraising effort, the full Bluebell Railway line is once again in operation. Derek Johnson reports
For the first time in 55 years years people will be able to travel on the Bluebell Railway line from Sheffield Park via Horset Keynes to East Grinstead. Next month will see the culmination of a thirty nine year project. The track is being laid for the final 100m to the town.
The friends and family of the founder of the Bluebell Railway, Bernard Holden MBE, are paying their final respects at his funeral in Ditchling in East Sussex.