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Bluebell founder dies aged 104

One of the founders of the Bluebell Railway in Sussex has died at the age of 104. Bernard Holden MBE passed away peacefully early this morning at St Clare’s, St George’s Park, Ditchling.

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Creator of the Bluebell Railway dies aged 104

Bernard Holden Credit: Jim Holden

One of the founders of the Bluebell Railway in Sussex has died at the age of 104.

Bernard Holden MBE was the Operations Manager at Victoria Station until 1959, when he retired in order to start the steam line, founded a year later.

He worked on it into his 90s and remained lifetime President of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society. He was awarded the MBE in 1992 for his services to steam railway preservation.

His family said he passed away peacefully early this morning at his care home in Ditchling.

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