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Historical Railway Drawings Microfilmed and Scanned.

May 19th, 2010

D A Archive Solutions Ltd. has recently completed a project on behalf of Bluebell Railway Preservation Society. They were storing many thousand historic paper drawings of rolling stock dating back to the 1920’s.

These drawings where being stored in various damp railway sheds and Bluebell were very aware and concerned that the drawings where deteriorating.

Because of the historic value of the data our recommendation was to microfilm first, as this is a proven secure method of archiving. Following this process we would scan the microfilm to TIF images for ease of use and reproduction.

We completed the microfilming and scanning over a three month period which met with Bluebell Railways brief and they were very happy with the end product. Bluebell Railways can now be confident that the majority of their drawings are preserved and accessible for future generations.

Bluebell Railway Preservation Society.

The volunteer-run Bluebell Line was the UK’s first preserved standard gauge passenger railway, re-opening part of the Lewes to East Grinstead line of the old London Brighton & South Coast Railway in 1960. Since then it has developed into one of the largest tourist attractions in Sussex, yet it still remains true to its objectives of the preservation for posterity of a country branch line, its steam locomotives, coaches and goods stock, signalling systems, stations and operating practices.

The railway is operated by “Bluebell Railway plc”, which is majority owned by the volunteer membership through the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society, and this membership also provides the dedicated volunteer labour which enables the line to continue running. Any financial surplus made from running the trains is ploughed straight back into preservation work. The only “dividend” members receive is the immense satisfaction of seeing “their” railway provide a day’s entertainment for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.