A HISTORIC railway is on track to reopen when coronavirus lockdown rules ease this week.

The Bluebell Railway in East Sussex wants to offer visitors a chance to enjoy the magic of the golden age of steam.

Incredible steam lights will be the highlight of the season to bring colour to the winter darkness.

The railway, which runs from Sheffield Park in East Sussex to East Grinstead in West Sussex, will resume services on Thursday.

Covid-19 restrictions in tier two allow the heritage line to operate in a secure way.

Organisers say there will be extended services in a bid to make up for lost revenue during the closed period.

Bluebell Railway chairman Chris Hunford said: “We look forward to welcoming our passengers back to the railway and can promise them a magical and memorable ride.

“We have our new illuminated train and line side displays called Steam Lights as well as our ever-popular Santa Specials to provide some cheer and welcome delight for families.”

The not-for-profit railway based has been closed since November 5. Winter services are now planned to run from December 3 until January 31 and include festive afternoon teas and gala luncheon trains.

When the railway reopens, its shop at Sheffield Park will be open and operating in a Covid-safe way while continuing to trade online. The Bessemer Arms at Sheffield Park will reopen offering table service and serving alcohol with a substantial meal in line with the Tier 2 regulations.

Full details of the railway’s services can be found online at www.bluebell-railway.com.