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Fifty And Sixty Years On: A Sussex Site's Claim to Fame

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Some people have been following in Elton and Bernie Taupin's footsteps. They've taken shots of themselves where the two did a photo session for the Tumbleweed Connection album cover.
 
Tony Drake, curator of the Bluebell Railway Museum, says: ''This year is 50 years since the the album was released and the Bluebell Railway is celebrating 60 years of operating as a heritage line so we thought it would be a good idea to encourage Elton's fans to come and take their picture at the scene.''
 
The railway's museum team discovered some of the enamel signs for the likes of Rowntree's chocolates, Shelvey's mineral waters and Rajah cigars had been moved to other parts of the railway--so have put them all back and cleaned them.
 
The railway reopened on August 7th after being closed for 20 weeks because of the coronavirus. Access to the museum on Platform 2 at Sheffield Park is restricted to individiuals who have bought tickets for one of the railway's train services. All tickets must be pre-booked online.
 
Incidentally, Elton isn't the only entertainer who has visited the railway or used its period stations for promotional filming since it opened as a heritage line in August 1960. Others include Ringo Starr, Sheena Easton, Cilla Black, and the Pet Shop Boys.
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