A long-lost railway line has reopened for the first time in over 50 years.

Hundreds of rail enthusiasts packed into East Grinstead station to see the first steam train arrive since 1958.

The Bluebell Railway project, which has been 39-years in the making, links the heritage line to the national rail network at the West Sussex town.

Chris Saunders, 66, who works on the line, said: “It is a very emotional day.

“This wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the work of thousands of volunteers.

“Unfortunately many of them aren’t here to see it.”

Two weeks of special events are being held to celebrate the opening.

For more information and to book visit: www.bluebell-railway.co.uk.

Don’t miss Monday’s Argus for a two page picture special on the opening.