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Horsted Keynes Rail Station

Cover photo for the Tumbleweed Connection album

<i>Tumbleweed Connection</i> album cover
Tumbleweed Connection album cover
Click to enlarge. Copyright 1970 This Record Co.

Horsted Keynes Station today
Horsted Keynes Station today
Click to enlarge. Copyright 2002

Station Approach Road
Horsted Keynes RH17 7BB

On This Very Spot was shot the cover photo of the 1971 Elton John album Tumbleweed Connection. Photographer David Larkham 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. The trio then rode up and down the rail line taking the photos used on the inside of the album cover.

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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

Condition: This spot looks essentially as it did in 1971.

Parking: Free parking is provided at the station entrance.

Amenities: Snack bar, gift shop, restrooms.

Location: This spot is located about 30 miles south of London and directly east of London Gatwick.

Nearest Major Airport: London Gatwick

Directions: 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.

Latitude: 51.046500; Longitude: -0.044000

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