Horsted Keynes Rail Station
Cover photo for the Tumbleweed Connection album
Station Approach Road
Horsted Keynes RH17 7BB
On This Very Spot
was shot the cover photo of the 1971 Elton John
album Tumbleweed Connection
. Under the direction of album designer David Larkham, photographer Ian Digby-Ovens took Elton (sitting right in the photo) and lyricist Bernie Taupin
(standing left) to the historic Bluebell Rail Station in Horsted Keynes, 30 miles south of London. They then rode up and down the rail line taking the photos used on the inside of the album cover, as well as some of the photos in the lyric booklet.
The Bluebell Railway was an abandoned rail line that is now owned and operated by rail enthusiasts. Vintage trains take passengers up and down the line, recapturing the feel of the 1930s. For complete visitor's information, including hours of operation, admission fees, and maps & directions, visit the official website at www.bluebell-railway.co.uk
This spot looks essentially as it did in 1971.
Free parking is provided at the station entrance.
Snack bar, gift shop, restrooms.
This spot is located about 30 miles south of London and directly east of London Gatwick.
Nearest Major Airport:
Take the A22 south out of London. At Wych Cross, take the A275. At Danehill, turn right toward Horsted Keynes, then follow the signs to the station.