The Lavender Line
Isfield Station
Nr Uckfield
East Sussex
TN22 5XB

Lavender Line News

January 1st, 2017 sees our ever popular New Year’s Day Steam-Up take place.

This is an unofficial event that has grown over the years to become a great way to get the New Year off to a fine start. We’re never quite sure who and what will turn up but you can expect a large selection of classic cars, motorcycles and other forms of transport providing the weather is half decent.

Our resident steam locomotive, Empress, will be running the service train out of platform 2 with the first train departing at 11.00 and then every half hour until 16.00

Cinders buffet will be open from 09.00 for breakfasts and other hot and cold food as well as tea, coffee, hot chocolate and soft drinks. Delicious cakes will be tempting the sweet-toothed amongst us

The Gift Shop will be open from 10.30 as will the Signal Box and Model Railway

Normal steam day prices will apply so why not come along and blow the cobwebs and hangovers away

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Lavender Line News

1st & 2nd of October - Steam & Vintage Transport Gala Day

Only few days to go now, and here's what you can expect to see at our Gala. We have a fantastic line up of classic and modern cars coming, motorcycles, heavy commercial vehicles, a single decker and a double decker bus, miniature steam engines, and a full size engine. Various food vans have been booked to offer different tastes. There will be a beer, wine and soft drinks tent. A selection of trade stands will be open. If that isn't enough to keep you in the field, the Railway will be running an intensive timetable of steam and diesel services from 10.30 to 17.00

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25th May 2016 - BREAKING NEWS!! FOLK BAND ‘SKINNNERS RATS’ WILL BE PERFORMING LIVE AT ISFIELD STATION THIS COMING BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY!!

We are extremely pleased to confirm local folk band ‘Skinner’s rats’ for our Bumper bank holiday weekend which will be taking place this coming weekend Sunday 29th and Monday 30th May. ‘Skinner’s rats’ will be performing on the Bank holiday Monday only but if you can’t make that day...more info

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13th May 2016 - CTOBER GALA WEEKEND ENTRY FORMS NOW AVAILABLE DATE- SATURDAY 1ST AND SUNDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2016

We are very excited to announce that our 2016 October Gala entry forms for all road steam vehicles and classic cars/ commercial vehicles is now available to download from our website or Facebook page....more info

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29th April - Full Details Of Two May Bank Holiday Weekends Announced Plus The Return Of Wickham Railbus

We have two fantastic bank holiday weekends lined up for you in May kicking off with the Mayday weekend of Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd and finishing with Sunday 29th and Monday 30th May ...more info

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19th April 2016 - ISFIELD VILLAGE FETE

If you love a traditional village fete combined with a trip behind a heritage steam train through the Sussex countryside then this is the event for you! Perfect for all members of the family, the Isfield village fete provides you with a fun filled day alongside a great selection of entertainment and activities for everyone to enjoy. ...more info

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19th April 2016 - QUEEN’S 90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS - SUNDAY 12TH JUNE

Join us for what is set to be a very special weekend as we help celebrate her majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday. This fantastic milestone for the Queen will be recognised all over the world and we at the Lavender Line would like to help show our gratitude by holding a one day special event which will mark the Queen’s 90th birthday....more info

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14th April - BREAKING NEWS!!! - CONFIRMED VISITING DEMU THUMPER 1118 FOR DIESEL GALA IS NOW SET TO STAY AT THE LAVENDER LINE AFTERT THE EVENT!!

We are extremely excited to announce the second part of our good news involving DEMU Thumper 1118. This beautiful Class 205 will now be staying in residence at the Lavender line for the foreseeable future as an agreement has been reach with her owner. This will mean the Lavender line will now have TWO Class 205 Thumper’s as part of the fleet which will enable visitors to enjoy double the action alongside resident unit 1133 ...more info

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29th March 2016 - BREAKING NEWS!! DEMU CLASS 205 THUMPER 1118 SET TO JOIN 1133 AT THE LAVENDER LINE FOR THE SUMMER DIESEL GALA!!!

We are very excited to announce that DEMU Thumper 1118 has been confirmed to appear at the Lavender Line’s Summer Diesel Gala which will now be taking place over three days between Friday 22nd July to Sunday 24th July. ...more info

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21st March 2016 - FULL DETAILS OF EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA AND SPECIAL 2 DAY TICKETS AVAILABLE THIS WEEKEND!!

Don’t forget it’s now just over a week to go until our Easter extravaganza bank holiday weekend which is set to entertain both the family and enthusiast!...more info

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29th February 2016 - What’s Happening At The Lavender Line Throughout March

We have a packed out March set for the Lavender Line including the start of our steam season, DEMU day’s, goods train specials and two train services! Kicking off the month will be our first steam service of the 2016 season where resident steam engine 0-6-0ST Bangnall ‘Empress’ will be sharing a half hourly timetable with our resident DEMU Thumper 1133 ...more info

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26th February 2016 - Winter Locomotive Report

Every 3 months we like to keep you up to date on how our locomotive fleet is doing and what progress is being made on the projects which are currently underway in the engine shed at Isfield. ...more info

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26th February 2016 - IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT EASTER WEEKEND

We have some important information to announce regarding our Easter weekend. There will be no trains running on Good Friday 25th March. This decision has been taken due to the amount of visitors that come to the railway on this day in the past and it has proven over the past 5 years to be one of our quietest days....more info

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18th Feb 2016 - 2016 Steam Dates With New Format

We are very pleased to announce the Lavender Line’s 2016 steam running dates for 2016 with this year hosting a change to when steam runs and what dates. For the passed 8 years we have run steam on the first and last Sunday of each month between March and November....more info

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9th Feb 2016 - Lavender Line Special Events 2016

Throughout the year the Lavender Line has a number of special events for all age groups from Easter bunny hunt specials to the mighty Gala weekends where we aim to have an event fit for everyone. Although we advertise our main events at the start of the calendar year, we do add extra events throughout the year which will be placed in our special events page and Facebook page as and when they are confirmed...more info

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20th January 2016 - CALLING ALL THUMPER FANS -DEMU THUMPER 1133 ROSTERED FOR SUNDAY 31st JANUARY

We are very pleased to announce that the railway’s beautifully restored DEMU Thumper unit 1133 will be in action at the end of this month when she takes charge of passenger duties on Sunday 31st January....more info

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6th January 2016 - Lavender Line Preservation Society Notice Of Special General Meeting

Please note that the society’s S.G.M will be held on Saturday 30th January 2016 - Commencing in the Cinders Buffet, Isfield station at 16.30...more info

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23rd December 2015 - Lavender Line Not Open On Sunday 27th December

We will not be open this coming Sunday 27th December. This will be the only Sunday of 2015 where we have not opened for visitors and a decision was made to allow our dedicated volunteers a well earn day off....more info

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10th November 2015 - Don’t Forget Santa Specials Start In Less Than 3 Weeks!

We are now less than 3 weeks away until our 2015 Santa special season kicks off with year promising to be the best yet! Our first Santa special will be taking place on Sunday 29th November which will be steam hauled throughout. ...more info

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2nd November 2015 -New Years Day Steam Up And Vintage Vehicle Gathering

We are very pleased to announce that the Lavender Line will be hosting its annual New years day steam up and vintage vehicle gathering which will be taking place on Friday 1st January 2016....more info

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30th October 2015- Halloween Fright Night Set for Saturday 31st October!

Back again for 2015, our annual Halloween fright night is just a few weeks away with the event set to take place on Halloween itself! Join us for a family fun filled evening as we celebrate all things spooky within the atmosphere of a Victorian railway station....more info

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30th October 2015 - Thumper 1133 returns home to Isfield

The Lavender Line’s resident DEMU Thumper 1133 has finally returned home after what has been an adventurous summer. 1133 has spent the past 5 months on a Kent holiday at the nearby Spa Valley Railway in Tunbridge Wells....more info

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21st October 2015 - Halloween fright night set for Saturday 31st October!

Back again for 2015, our annual Halloween fright night is just a few weeks away with the event set to take place on Halloween itself! Join us for a family fun filled evening as we celebrate all things spooky within the atmosphere of a Victorian railway station. ...more info

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21st October 2015 - Lavender Line Santa Specials With New Online Booking For 2015

It is with great excitement that we can now announce the official dates for our 2015 Santa special season which is set to get underway at the end of November. ...more info

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10th October 2015 - Your Chance to Help Preserve Heritage Railway

Volunteers are needed to help look after local railway heritage and a working museum that is the Lavender Line at Isfield....more info

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6th October 2015 - No Full Length Train Rides Between Sunday 11th October And Saturday 31st October

As of this coming Sunday 11th October, the railway will not be operating any full length trips between Isfield and Worth halt until Saturday 31st October due to essential track maintenance which is being carried out during the week and weekends....more info

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6th October 2015 - Important Announcement Lavender Line 2015 AGM Will Be Held This Coming Saturday 10th October At 16.30 In The Cinders Buffet

The Lavender Line’s AGM for 2015 will be held this coming Saturday at 16.30 in the Cinders Buffet located on platform 1 at Isfield station. All working and non working members are encouraged to attend the meeting which will include a number of voting opportunities towards the Lavender Line committee and Chairman Vote....more info

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29th September 2015 - PUBLIC CAR PARK ARRANGEMENTS FOR OCTOBER GALA

We are now only a few days away from the Lavender Line’s grand October Gala which is set to take place this coming Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October.The 2015 Gala public car park arrangements will be the same as last year meaning all cars will be directed to park in the neighbouring field behind the Laughing Fish pub next to the Lavender Line. ...more info

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26th September 2015 - CALLING ALL CLASSIC CAR ENTRIES FOR OCTOBER GALA

We are very much looking forward to welcoming all the classic cars that have entered for out October Gala which is taking place on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October.However due to some technical difficulties we are unable to send any confirmation letters to participants before the Gala begins, therefore if you have sent an entry form to enter your classic car please be aware that you are confirmed for the Gala display but there will be no confirmation letter.However due to some technical difficulties we are unable to send any confirmation letters to participants before the Gala begins, therefore if you have sent an entry form to enter your classic car please be aware that you are confirmed for the Gala display but there will be no confirmation letter....more info

26th September 2015 - Final October Gala details including prices, car parking and timetables

We are now very close to welcoming you all to the Lavender Line’s 4th Annual Gala weekend, this years event will be taking place on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October. We will be celebrating all things transport including trains, road loco’s ,buses, cars and much more!...more info

16th September 2015 - Not Long To Go Until The Lavender Line’s Gala Weekend! Event Date: Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th October

It’s now less than a month to go until the railway’s much anticipated Gala weekend kicks off with this year’s event looking set to be the biggest yet! We have a fantastic range of loco’s set to take centre stage along with a great selection of road steam engines from steam rollers to crane engines. Classic cars and commercial vehicles will also be on display with miniature traction engines filling the gaps.However due to some technical difficulties we are unable to send any confirmation letters to participants before the Gala begins, therefore if you have sent an entry form to enter your classic car please be aware that you are confirmed for the Gala display but there will be no confirmation letter....more info

4th August 2015 - Less than 2 months to go till the Lavender Line’s annual Gala weekend, plus 2 more confirmed steam engines!

It is now less than 2 months to go until the Lavender Line’s Annual October Gala weekend which is taking place on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October. This year’s event is set to be bigger than ever with more visiting steam engines and some very intensive timetables....more info

20th June 2015 - Resident Thumper 1133 Arrives At The Spa Valley Railway For A Summer Holiday

On Friday 12th June the Lavender Line’s resident DEMU Thumper unit 1133 arrived safely at the nearby Spa Valley railway in Tunbridge Wells in readiness for their 30th anniversary of the closure of the line weekend which is taking place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July. 1133 will be spending the next few months at her holiday destination as she helps recreate the final days of the Tunbridge Wells West to Eridge line. ...more info

14th May 20015 - Lavender Line October Gala Entry Forms Are Now Available

We are very excited to announce that the entry forms for the Lavender Line’s 2015 Gala weekend are now available to download online via our website or on our Loco department Facebook page. The forms will also be available in hard copy from our Cinders Buffet located by the leaflets....more info

12th May 2015 - Lavender Line’s Active Member Sue Clark Is Running For Cancer Research This June

We are very pleased to announce that one of our active members, Sue Clark, will be running the 2015 cancer research Race for life event which is taking place on Sunday 7th June in Tunbridge Wells. Sue is not only a hard working member of the Lavender Line family but she is also a fully passed fireman on the steam engine and therefore keen to show off her running skills in the name of cancer research....more info

16th April 2015 - MORE EXCITING NEWS!

We are very pleased to announce the railway's latest addition 0-6-0ST Bagnall 'Empress' will be enjoying her first public steaming on Sunday 26th April as she takes charge of the first steam day of the year. ...more info

16th April 2015 - BREAKING NEWS!!!

We are very excited to announce the railways latest member to the steam fleet of which will be replacing former steam engine 'Austin 1' as our primary steam loco. Meet 'Empress', this beautiful looking 0-6-0ST Bagnall built 1954 was originally acquired by the NCB (National coal board) for use at the Measham colliery. She also spent a number of years at Cadly Hill before finding herself in preservation in 1987. After spending a number of years in operation and two major overhauls at the Mangapps Railway, Essex, 'Empress' is now on loan to the Lavender Line as our primary steam engine....more info

30th March 2015 - Resident Steam Engine ‘Austin 1’ Returns To Wales

It is with great sadness that the railways resident steam engine 0-6-0ST Kitson ‘Austin 1’ has returned to her home railway in Llangollen, Wales for further assessment on her failed boiler exam which took place on site at the end of January. ‘Austin 1’ has been with the Lavender Line from 2003- 2008 and again from 2011-2015 after a brief overhaul at the Llangollen railway....more info

5th March 2015 - Overhaul Update On 0-4-0VBT Cockerill Yvonne Part 3

Yvonne’s boiler was inspected on Friday 13th February by an independent boiler inspector, who has given all the plate-work a clean bill of health. Sample thickness readings around all over the boiler and firebox inner showed that the material is all in good condition and there is no more than minimal wastage anywhere in the boiler, which is really good news....more info

11th February 2015 - BREAKING NEWS!!

We have some very exciting news to share on behalf of the Spa Valley Railway, but as the update states this cannot happen unless the financial situation allows it so please dig deep and help make this dream become a reality....more info

5th Feburary 2015 - What’s on at the Lavender Line in February?

February can be a dull time of year with the short and cold days continuing throughout winter. Although we don’t run steam during February due to essential winter maintenance, we do however run a diesel Sunday service every Sunday throughout the year, something some preserved railways don’t always do....more info

23rd January 2015 - Winter locomotive report 2015

0-6-0ST Kitson Austin 1: Our resident steam engine Austin 1 had a very successful Santa special season with most of the steam days running to plan including the new years day winter steam up which saw Austin 1 providing train rides. She is currently receiving some well earn winter maintenance in the shed with our dedicated team who are already cracking on with the on going jobs. ...more info

23rd January 2015 - Overhaul Update On 0-4-0VBT Cockerill Yvonne Part 2

Here is the latest report for the railways privately owned Belgium Cockerill steam engine Yvonne as written by her owner Colin Healey.Yvonne’s ten year boiler overhaul continues to progress. Since the last update, I have removed the last 52 tubes from the boiler to leave the tube plate fully exposed and provide clear access to the firebox inner wrapper as well as the main flue tube. ...more info

11th January 2015 - Long life active member Pam Adams has passed away

It is with great sadness that one of our long serving working members Pam Adams has passed away...more info

30th December 2014 - Lavender Line Steam Dates 2015

We are very proud at the Lavender Line to be able to share steam services with our visitors throughout the year, something that isn’t always an easy task. Most steam engines are now well over 70 years old making these machines antiques. Our very own steam engine 0-6-0ST Kitson Austin 1 on hire from the Llangollen railway in Wales is over 80 years old and has since served many miles on preserved rails all over the country....more info

30th December 2014 = Lavender Line Special Events 2015

Throughout the year the Lavender Line hosts a number of special events which cater for both the rail enthusiasts and families. This year we have a number of events ranging from half term specials to gala weekends where you can see the railways fleet of steam and diesel locos in action....more info

23rd December 2014 - Overhaul update on 0-4-0VBT Cockerill Yvonne

All steam locomotive’s have to undergo annual boiler inspections, then every ten years they undergo a more stringent overhaul and inspection process which requires the boiler to be removed from the locomotive, stripped of its fittings and have the boiler tubes replaced. This allows an independent boiler inspector to make a thorough inspection of all parts of the boiler including ultrasound thickness readings on parts of the boiler which are normally hidden behind the cladding sheets and between the locomotive frames....more info

4th December 2014 - Lavender Line Santa Specials 2014 Are Go!

We are now well and truly on our way to Christmas and the Lavender Line’s Santa special are helping to make this year extra special for our visitors.We are already underway with the 2014 Santa specials but there is still plenty of opportunities to see Santa in his grotto at Isfield station. Warm log fires, a fresh mince pie for the adults and a gift given personally by Santa are just a few of the things you can enjoy at the railway during the Santa specials....more info

12th November 2014 - New Years Day Winter Steam Up

We are very excited to announce we will be hosting our Annual New years day Winter steam up on Thursday 1st January where we will be helping to celebrate the new year.This steam up is also our largest unorganised event where a selection of visiting vehicles of all shapes and sizes make their way to Isfield to display throughout the day. From traction engines to classic cars there can be a varied selection of vehicles that come and go throughout the day. Most head to the Lavender Line for a famous Full English breakfast to start the day, also said to be the perfect hangover cure!...more info

6th November 2014 - Update On Resident Belgium Steam Engine Yvonne

During the Lavender Lines annual October Gala weekend it was with much regret that our privately owned resident Belgium steam engine Yvonne suffered a small failure which has now rendered the loco out of service. Her owner Colin has taken the decision to take Yvonne out of service 3 months earlier than planned so work can begin on the overhaul. ...more info

6th November 2014 - Lavender Line Santa Specials Begin Sunday 30th November!

It is now under a month to go until the Lavender Lines Santa specials begin with this years first day kicking off at the end of November on Sunday 30th. If you are looking for a great day out for the whole family with a different approach to visiting Santa then look no further. At the Lavender Line we pride ourselves in giving the best for our visitors especially when it comes to our famous Santa days. This year will see more Santa days than previously with four Steam days and five diesel days....more info

30th October 2014 - Halloween Fright Night This Coming Friday!!!

This coming Friday 31st October marks Halloween 2014 and we are helping to bring the fun to life with an evening of scary fun and activities for the whole family.The Night begins at 5.00pm just as darkness begins to fall. A creepy looking train will greet you on your arrival ready to take you on your dark and disturbing journey to the depths of Worth woods. You can alight at Worth Halt, examine the station platforms and admire the pitch blackness of the Sussex countryside as light pollution does not reach this area of the line, giving you that extra eerie feeling! ...more info

New Diesel Arrival Class 09 09025

On Friday 10th October the Lavender Line took company of a new Diesel shunter in the shape of 0-6-0DE ex BR Class 09 number 09025. This extremely powerful and smooth Diesel Electric loco was built in 1962 at the Horwich Locomotive works as a slow speed heavy shunter for stock and wagon movement...more info

Lavender Line Halloween Fright Night Fast Approaching!

Its now less than 2 weeks to go until the Lavender Lines Halloween Fright Night which will be taking place at Isfield station on Friday 31st October from 5.00pm till 9.00pm....more info

13th October -Lavender Line Santa Specials 2014

It is with great excitement that we can now announce the official dates for our 2014 Santa special season which is set to get underway at the end of November....more info

8th October - Lavender Line AGM This Coming Saturday 11th October

A reminder that the Lavender Line’s Annual General meeting will be held on the afternoon of Saturday 11th October at 5.00pm in the Cinder Buffet located on platform 1....more info

29th September 2014 - Parking Arrangements For October Gala Weekend

We are very pleased to confirm the final parking arrangements for the October Gala weekend which is taking place this coming weekend on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October. ...more info

26th September 2014 - Final October Gala details now available!

We are now just over a week away until our annual October Gala weekend kicks off on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October. There is plenty to keep you entertained over the weekend including a great selection of home fleet locos in action, visiting vintage vehicles and of course the atmosphere of a Gala weekend. ...more info

17th September 2014 - OCTOGENARIAN OVERTURE Saturday 20th September 2pm—9.30pm

Join us for a fund raising event to celebrate our beloved 80 year old. Hawthorn Leslie 3837 steam engines’ birthday, and to help get her back on the rails. Open air concert, (bring your own chairs) starting at 7pm (£8 in advance / £10 on the day) Well known songs and musical numbers from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Train rides up and down the Lavender Line, Miniature train rides on Riley’s Railway. All things Vintage including stalls, and café open from 2-7pm. Free parking, free camping...more info

10th September 2014 - The Lavender Line Gala Weekend Now Under A Month Away!

The countdown is now on for the Lavender Line’s Gala weekend which is set to take place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October.We have a very exciting weekend in store for what is set to be one of the best Gala events yet. There will be something for everyone at this years Gala, Steam, Diesel, Thumpers, Steam rollers, traction engines, classic cars plus lots more!...more info

21st August 2014 - Unique 0-4-0VBT Yvonne Back In Service

A month ago the railways privately owned 0-4-0VBT Cockerill Yvonne failed during a steaming due to a leaking boiler tube, she sat out for the days steaming and her dedicated owner Colin set to work straight away taking the boiler apart to assess the damage, even when it was still hot!...more info

13th August 2014 - Lavender Line Annual Diesel Gala this coming weekend

t’s now less than a week to go now until the Lavender Lines annual Diesel Gala kicks off as we celebrate all things Diesel with the home fleet taking centre stage. There’s plenty happening on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August with up to 4 Diesels in action over both days and a timetable more intensive than seen before. The day will begin with an early bird Thumper service departing platform 2 which will be supporting the ‘Not the Last Thump’ celebration that marks 10 years since the final Thumpers were withdrawn from network rail....more info

13th August 2014 - Lavender Line Halloween Fright Night

We are very excited to announce that the Lavender Lines Halloween Fright Night is back for 2014 and is set to be spookier than ever! On the evening of Friday 31st October Isfield station will be transformed as we set the scene for Halloween, expect plenty of surprises, lots frights and a creepy Victorian station where a ghost train will await you. The steam train will be your transport as you make your way to Worth halt giving you a spooky journey with surprises along the way....more info

13th August 2014 - Midweek Diesel services every Wednesday and Thursday in August

Don’t forget we are running our off peak diesel services every Wednesday and Thursday throughout August which will be hauled by one of our resident diesels 0-6-0DM Ruston Valiant accompanied with the railways unique Toad brake van....more info

24th July 2014 - Lavender Line One day Summer Steam and Thumper Gala this coming Sunday!

Its now only a few days to go until the Lavender Line’s much anticipated Steam and Thumper Gala kicks off as we prepare to celebrate all things railway with the official launch of our Thumper unit DEMU 1133 which has been part of an 8 year restoration project under the excellent guidance of Chris, our Thumper expert....more info

14th July 2014 - Summer Steam and Thumper Gala Details

We are very pleased to announce the latest details for our one day Summer Steam and Thumper Gala of which will be taking place on Sunday 27th July. This event is to celebrate all that the Lavender Line has achieved over recent years which will include the official launch of our resident flagship Thumper unit 1133 which has been under an intensive overhaul over the past 8 years. To help celebrate this fantastic milestone our resident steam engines 0-6-0ST Kitson Austin and 0-4-0VBT Cockerill Yvonne will also be joining in on the action throughout the day which will include a steam double header on the last train which is not to be missed!...more info

2nd July 2014 - Austin 1 In Service This Coming Sunday And Reminder Of Diesel Gala New Dates!

As stated on both the website and Facebook page in April the Lavender Line’s annual Diesel Gala has been put back from 5th and 6th July to the new dates of Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August. There were several reasons for this change of date but the main one being loco availability, Andrew Barclay is on the verge of returning to traffic and of course our Flagship Thumper 1133 is on the home run following her final coats of paints of which she has received over the past few months. With both these locos not ready until August we took the decision to move the Diesel Gala so everyone can enjoy both of these unique and beautiful looking locos together...more info

15th June 2014 - Lavender Line One day Steam and Thumper Gala update!

With 5 weeks to go until the railways first gala of the year we are making final arrangements to ensure the day goes smoothly with plenty of action...more info

29th May 2014 - Great News! Lavender Line’s Cinders Buffet Will Be Open From Monday To Fridays!

We have some very exciting news at the Lavender Line, the railways famous Cinders Buffet located on platform 1 will be open from Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm starting from the begging of June 2014....more info

15th May 2014 - Newsflash Extra! Resident Belgium 0-4-0VBT ‘Yvonne in steam this coming Sunday!

We are very pleased to announce that the railways resident Belgium steam engine ‘Yvonne’ will be in steam this coming weekend on Sunday 18th May. She will be sharing the day’s services with resident Diesel 0-6-0DH ‘Valiant’ of which will be on the main passenger service. ‘Yvonne’ will be on an alternating timetable with ‘Valiant’ throughout the day with trains departing from both platform 1 and 2. ...more info

14th May 2014 - Rescheduled Diesel Gala Date Announced! - New Diesel Gala Date- Saturday 16th And Sunday 17th August 2014

We are very excited to announce that the Lavender Line’s rescheduled Diesel Gala will be taking place on the weekend of 16th and 17th August 2014....more info

14th May 2014 - Resident Thumper Unit 1133 Receives Final Coats Of Paint!

After nearly 8 years of hard work and determination the railways flagship Thumper unit 1133 is receiving its final coats of Southern Green paint this coming week as the power car units overhaul comes to end. Like all Thumper units that went into preservation 1133 arrived at the Lavender Line with decades of work under her belt with signs shown of this through her bodywork and condition. Although 1133 was the best of the bunch at Selhurst depot she has not been immune to the millions of miles she has worked and therefore a project began in the Spring of 2005 to restore her to her former glory....more info

7th May 2014 - New Shed Extension On Number 1 Road Well Underway!

For some time now the Lavender line has been trying to find a way in which the site can be expanded to house the ever growing stock and locos that are stabled at Isfield. One of the most obvious ideas is to extend the number 1 road from inside the shed and place 40 extra feet of track from where the back of the shed lies now to well into the embankment. ...more info

29th April 2014 - Mayday Bank Holiday Weekend Parallel Running This Weekend, With Morris Dancers On Sunday!

Back by popular demand! We will be hosting our parallel running weekends on the first May bank holiday weekend and the last May bank holiday weekend where you will find a steam and diesel service running together with departures from both platform 1 and 2, at the same time!...more info

24th April 2014 - Lavender Line Diesel Gala

The Lavender Line diesel gala is back for 2014 and now bigger and better than ever! We will be hosting our annual diesel gala later than usual to ensure our resident Thumper unit 1133 is able to take part. Joining in this years gala will also be newly out shopped 0-4-0DM Andrew Barclay of which has undergone many years of restoration at the railway, although she has taken part in previous galas this year will be the one she returns to operational status. ...more info

22nd April 2014 - Lavender Line Summer Steam, Diesel And Thumper Gala Sunday 27th July

Join us for this new event of 2014 as we partner both steam diesel and Thumper together in this one day gala. Thumper unit 1133 will be showing off her newly resorted Southern green livery as she rolls out the shed for the first time since receiving the last section of restoration on the power car unit and to celebrate this fantastic news 1133 will be joined by both of the railways steam engines ‘Austin 1’ and ‘Yvonne’ as they team up to provide a second train alongside 1133. ...more info

15th April 2014 - Update on Hawthorn Leslie 0-6-0ST 3837

The future of 0-6-0ST Hawthorn Leslie 3837 is looking just that little bit brighter as work on the static saddle tank has picked up pace including a preliminary inspection of her current boiler which is till sat in the frames...more info

15th April 2014 - May Bank Holiday Weekends Parallel Running Specials

We will be hosting an additional event over the course of the May bank holiday weekends which are held at the beginning of May and the end of May.Our parallel departures proved so popular we will be running diesel alongside steam from platform 1 with brake van rides as far the bridge, at the same time the steam service from platform 2 departs giving you that unique parallel departure as both train leave Isfield, a real treat for both rail enthusiast and families! ...more info

8th April 2014 -‘Yvonne’s First Steam Day Goes Down A Storm!

Sunday 6th April marked a very special day for the Lavender line. This was the start of a steam season in over 5 years where the railway has two steam locomotives in service and to celebrate this unique occasion we hosted a double steaming day with ‘Yvonne’ and our very own steam engine ‘Austin 1’ to provide a day of parallel departures and double headers.....more info

2nd April 2014 - ‘Yvonne’s First Steam Day This Coming Sunday!

Were only a few days away from our newest steam engine ‘Yvonne’s first steam day at the railway which will include a second train hauled by our resident steam engine ‘Austin 1’....more info

2nd April 2014 - New 00 Gauge Dickson & Church Ltd Now Available

If you are collecting the Isfield collection of 00 gauge models there is now a new addition to the set. This beautifully made 00 gauge model is representing a standard 4 wheeler van that would have run on the line during the days of steam. ...more info

27th March 2014 - May Bank Holiday Weekends Top And Tail Steam Madness!

We are very excited to announce that we will be hosting two extra special events for 2014. Over the Mayday bank holiday weekend and the end of May bank holiday weekend as we showcase a unique steam experience in the form of top and tailed trains with two steam engines!...more info

24th March - First Steam Day Of 2014 And Mother Day Specials This Coming Sunday

If you are stuck for things to do for Mothering Sunday why not take the opportunity to head down to the Lavender line for a day of fresh country air, steam and a relaxing lunch in the Cinders buffet, not to mention all Mums with a paying child or adult go free!...more info

20th March 2014 - Semi Royal Coach Has Arrived At The Lavender Line!

It is with great pleasure that the railway has taken on board a new member of its carriage collection in the shape of London and North Western railway Semi royal saloon number 806 of 1903....more info

18th March 2014 - New Steam Engine Yvonne Flies Through Second Steaming Trials!

On Saturday 15th March the railways latest addition to the loco fleet 0-4-0 VBT Yvonne was steamed for her final steam test which enabled remaining crews and members to experience the unique Belgium Vertical loco in its full glory....more info

11th March 2014 - Lavender Line Open On Good Friday For Train Rides And Kids Crafts Activates

We are very pleased to announce that the Lavender line will be open for an additional day on the Easter weekend Good Friday. There will be a half hourly timetable consisting of one of our heritage diesels paired with our toad brake van which will be providing train rides with a difference...more info

10th March 2014 - Lavender Line Crews On Tour In Poland!-        Now with Photos

On Saturday 22nd February seven of the railways regular working members and crews embarked on an adventure that would see them swap the quiet rural countryside of Sussex to the noisy Urban towns of Western Poland as the Lavender line goes on tour ...more info

6th March 2014 - Locomotive Report Update 2014

Kitson Austin 1- In Service, Austin 1 has been with the railway on and off since 2003 and she has really made herself at home at Isfield. After her major overhaul in 2008 Austin 1 returned to us in 2011 and rejoined the loco fleet. She has been an extremely reliable steam engine proving to be very popular with crews and families. ...more info

15th February 2014 - Summer Bank Holiday Thumper Specials

Sunday 24th And Bank Holiday Monday 25th August - We are very pleased to announce a new event for the calendar which will involve the railways Berkshire Thumper unit DEMU 1133.1133 is currently being restored in the sheds at Isfield which has included countless hours and days of hard work to ensure she is restored to her former glory. ...more info

10th February 2014 - New Steam Engine ‘Yvonne’ Sails Through Steam Trials

The Lavender lines latest member to its loco fleet passed its steam trials at Isfield with flying colours on Saturday 8th February with a great turn out of staff members and loco crew. ‘Yvonne’ arrived at the railway a few weeks ago from her previous home at the Hollycombe museum; she has since been inspected for service and as of Saturday 8th February passed her first steam trial at the railway. ...more info

10th February 2014 - Steam Day Featuring ‘Yvonne’ And ‘Austin 1’ - Sunday 6th April

We are very pleased to announce ‘Yvonne’s’ first public steam day will be held on Sunday 6th April where she will be sharing the days services with resident steam engine Austin 1. This event is to mark the arrival of ‘Yvonne’ and to welcome her to the railway....more info

26th January 2014 - New Steam Engine Cockerill ‘Yvonne’ Has Arrived!

In the winter of 2014 the Lavender line welcomed the arrival of a new steam locomotive in the shape of Belgium VBT engine ‘Yvonne’. This unique and curious looking steam engine represents a different side to steam when parts of Europe were experimenting with new designs of steam locomotives to improve efficiency and running costs. 0-4-0 VBT Cockerill ‘Yvonne’ shows that unique design perfectly, with a vertical saturated steam boiler mounted on a ridged steel chassis and supplied with 2 outside cylinders combined with Stephenson’s link motion she truly shows a different side to steam....more info

22nd January 2014 - More Steamings Than Ever Before At The Lavender Line!

This year is already hotting up to be one of the Lavender lines busiest years yet with a record number of steamings plus new and exciting special events suitable for all ages from enthusiasts to families. ...more info

22nd January 2014 - Lavender Line Feature In ‘Todays Railways’ Magazine

There has been a fantastic 2 page spread in the latest ‘Today’s railways’ magazine where the Lavender line has come up trumps with an article explaining and showing what the Lavender line is all about....more info

4th January 2014 - New Steam Engine 0-4-0 Vertical Boiler Loco “Yvonne” Heading To The Lavender Line

There’s great news on the locomotive front at Isfield in the form of a Belgium 0-4-0 vertical boiler “Yvonne” which is set to arrive at the Lavender line in the coming weeks. The engine which is currently residing at Hollycombe in West Sussex is set to find its way to its new home at the Lavender line by mid January...more info

4th January 2014 - Steam Dates For 2014 Announced

We are very pleased to announce the steam dates for 2014 which will run from March to October on every first and last Sunday of the month including bank holiday Mondays....more info

13th December2013 - New Years Day Winter Steam Up 2014

We are very pleased to announce our annual new years day winter steam up is set to take place on Wednesday 1st January. Our New Year’s Day event has been a popular ongoing event for a number of years now and each year sees something different as it’s the biggest non organised event we do including a selection of vehicles that turn up for the day from military trucks to classic cars from all parts of the county....more info

3rd December 2013 - Life Long Active Member Rodney Peters Has Passed Away

We are very sad to say that one of the Lavender lines life long members of the railway passed away on the morning of Monday 2nd December....more info

15th November 2013 -

Christmas 2013 is fast approaching and what better way to spend time with family and friends than a trip to the Lavender line to experience one of the best Christmas events in the south east. ...more info

18th October 2013 - Post Steam And Transport Gala Report And Photos

The Lavenders lines 3rd annual steam and transport gala has proven to be the most successful event the railway has ever hosted with a bumper crowd and three steam engines. ...more info

17th October 2013 - Christmas at Isfield 2013

Its not long now until Christmas is upon us again and the build up to the festive season begins. The Lavender line is the perfect place to get you in the Christmas mood as we are yet again hosting our Christmas at Isfield days with in the run up to the big day....more info

30th September 2013 - Final Details Of The Steam And Transport Gala!

We are less than a week away now until our 3rd annual steam and transport gala which is set to be an action packed steam filled weekend.On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October the Lavender lines steam and transport gala will take place with a whole host of activities throughout the weekend to keep both the keen enthusiasts and families entertained. There will be an intensive timetable on both days under a two train service with three steam engines in steam....more info

18th September 2013 - Lavender line AGM will be held on Saturday 19th October at 4.00pm

The Lavenders lines annual general meeting will be held on the afternoon of Saturday 19th October at 4.00pm in the Cinders buffet located on Platform 1....more info

6th September 2013 - Only 1 Month To Go Until The Lavender Lines Steam And Transport Gala!

Plans are now well under way for what’s running at the gala weekend and the collection of vintage vehicles are set to make their way to Isfield in the days leading up to the gala. ...more info

30th August 2013 - New Cross Over Under Going Trials

Our Permanent way manager and working member Barry Monk has spent countless hours ensuring the railway latest addition the line is going through smoothly. The new cross over is located just past the engine and now links the main running line to the siding which will create a run round loop. ...more info

20th August 2013 - Rileys Miniature Railway Charity Day Sunday 8th September

We are very pleased to announce that there will be an additional special event on Sunday 8th September. Riley’s miniature railway located on platform 2 is holding its second annual miniature steam gathering along the platforms of Isfield station to raise money for The Evalina children’s hospital ....more info

5th August 2013 - Mid Week Specials On Wednesdays And Thursdays During August

If you’re stuck for things to do during the long summer holidays why not pay a visit to the Lavender line during August and enjoy a day out in the countryside with unlimited train rides to Worth halt....more info

31st July 2013 - Just Over 2 Months Until Our Steam And Transport Gala Kicks Off!

Were only a couple of months away from our 3rd annual steam and transport gala which commences on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October. This year is setting out to be one of the best yet with confirmed visit of the Port of Par twins Alfred and Judy from the Bodmin and Wenford railway....more info

15th June 2013 - Diesel Gala Update

The Lavender lines annual diesel gala is almost upon us and preparations are well under way to ensure that this year’s gala will be one of the best yet....more info

12th June 2013 -Steam On Fathers Day As Austin 1 Is Back In Service

We are delighted to announce that our resident steam engine Austin 1 has been repaired and is set to take charge of the summer steamings. Austin 1 suffered a mechanical failure on Monday 27th May when a section of her motion failed and caused the loco to be unusable. Our team of dedicated volunteers set to work that very week stripping out the damaged parts and within 2 weeks she has been repaired and ready to be tested...more info

No Steam This Coming Sunday 2nd June

We regret to announce that there will be no steam service this coming Sunday 2nd June. On Bank Monday 27th May our resident steam engine Austin 1 suffered a minor mechanical failure on the last trip back to Isfield when a section of the inside motion had failed. We have taken the loco out of traffic until this problem has been rectified and to ensure it will not happen again...more info

24th May 2013 - Steam And Thumper This Coming Bank Holiday Monday

Over the weekend of Sunday 26th and Monday 27th we are running steam but with the addition of our thumper unit on the Bank holiday Monday. We ran 1133 alongside Austin 1 over the first bank holiday Monday of May and yet again proved to be a very popular addition to both steam and diesel fans....more info

16th May 2013 - Work Continues On Goods Wagons

The Lavender lines current fleet of goods wagons are in the final stages of restoration as they are prepared to run for the goods train days during 2013. At one point during the days of steam Britain had hundreds of thousands of wagons from all shapes and sizes running up and down the country. From the Mid Victorian era to the mid 20th century this was the only means goods could carried long distances from one point of the country to the other, nothing could compare to the speed and reliability of the railway and how they delivered goods to all corners of the UK. ...more info

24th April 2013 - Upcoming Event: Goods Train Day This Coming Sunday

Back by popular demand for 2013 we are very pleased that we will be offering the opportunity to travel in a unique style this coming Sunday where our goods train will be in service providing rides throughout the day....more info

17th April 2013 - Cream Teas At The Lavender Line

We are very pleased to announce that we will be offering our cream tea delights from Easter this year. Our cream teas have always been very popular especially amongst large groups, but this year we have revamped it to ensure you get only the best quality scones, cream and jam to offer. ...more info

8th April 2013 - Ruston ‘Valiant’ Back In Service

The railways very own diesel hydraulic shunter ‘Valiant’ is back in service after a short period out of traffic due to some trouble with the starter motor....more info

4th April 2013 - Two Steam And Thumper Days Announced For May Bank Holiday Monday

We are very excited to announce that we will be hosting two steam and thumper days over the two bank holiday Mondays during May. On bank holiday Monday 6th and Monday 27th of May there will be an intensive two train service comprising of both steam and diesel as our resident Thumper unit 1133 will be sharing the day’s duties with our resident steam engine Austin 1....more info

1st April 2013 - New 00 Gauge A E Lavender 3 Blank Coal Wagon Now Available

We are very pleased to announce that the Lavender lines latest 00 gauge coal wagon is now available from out shop located on platform 2 or via Baz who will take your order. There is only a limited amount of these wagons that are available so ensure you don’t miss out!...more info

30th March 2013 - First Goods Train Day Announced For Sunday 28th April

We are very pleased to announce our first goods train day for 2013 which will be taking place on Sunday 28th April...more info

25th March 2013 - Upcoming Event: Easter Bunny Hunt Specials

Over the Easter weekend we are welcoming back once again one of our most popular events during the year as our Easter bunny hunts are back for 2013. ...more info

20th March 2013 - Ruston ‘Valiant’ Out Of Service

For the next month or so our resident 0-6-0DH ‘Valiant’ will been taken out of traffic following a starter motor failure when she was set to be used last week on a service train. The work itself is not a major job but will involve some minor alterations and work towards the starter motor which will bring the loco back into traffic...more info

12th March 2013 - Steam Railway Advert Error

We have been informed that there is a date error for our steam and vintage transport gala weekend which is due in October. An advert that has been taken out in the latest edition of the steam railway magazine has incorrect dates for the steam gala as it states the steam and transport gala will take place on 6th and 7th October, these two dates are incorrect and this has caused an error in the advert. ...more info

6th March 2013 - Mothers Day Specials Sunday 10th March

This coming Sunday we are hosting our ever popular Mothers day specials, why not treat mum to a day out at the Lavender line and take advantage of all mums go free with a paying adult or child!...more info

1st March 2013 - Austin 1 Passes Annual Steam Test

Our resident steam engine 0-6-0ST Kitson Austin 1 has passed her annual steam and boiler exam which took place on Tuesday 26th February. This is Austin 1’s second annual boiler exam since she had her 10 year overhaul at the Llangollen railway in 2007. ...more info

21st Feb 2013 - Diesel Gala Poster Released

We are very pleased to reveal the Lavender lines 2013 Diesel gala poster which will outline the highlights and plans for the gala weekend. The Diesel gala will be held over the weekend of 6th and 7th July with and intensive gala expected for both days....more info

18th Feb 2013 - Half Term Has Arrived!

Struggling to find things to do over the half term week? Well the Lavender line is extremely pleased to announce our half term specials which will be operating on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st February....more info

12th Feb 2013 - Refurbished Attractions For 2013

Extension For Riley’s Miniature Railway,Work is steadily being made on Riley’s miniature to extend the 5 inch gauge railway - Viewing Area Refurbishment, One of the very first attractions formed at the Lavender line was the viewing area which is located just past the engine shed up on the embankment ...more info

5th Feb 2013 - Winter At The Lavender Line And Half Term Specials

As we work our way towards the end of winter there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the Lavender line during the depths of winter. With the cold crisp days still lingering why not take a trip to the Lavender line and enjoy a few hours at one of East Sussex’s best kept secrets....more info

30th January 2013 - New For 2013 Woodland Walks From Worth Halt

We are very pleased to announce a new addition to our attractions at the Lavender line for 2013. Our new woodland walks are available all year round from the depth of winter to the heights of summer....more info

19th January 2013 - STOP PRESS! Two Visiting Steam Engines Confirmed for Steam and Vintage Transport Gala

We are very pleased to announce that the Lavender line has confirmed two very special visiting steam engines for our annual steam and vintage transport gala on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October....more info

8th January 2013 - Austin 1 Undergoes Winter Maintenance

Our resident steam engine Kitson ‘Austin 1’ is enjoying a well earn break over the winter months as the 81 year old locomotive is being prepared to have its annual winter maintenance which will ensure the engine is fit and ready for the new steam season ahead....more info

2nd Jan 2013 - Provisional Steam Dates for 2013

We are extremely pleased to announce our provisional steam dates for the 2013 season. The Lavender line will be open every Sunday and Bank holiday throughout the year but steam will be running on the first and last Sunday of the month from March to October...more info

1st Jan 2013 - Review of the Lavender line 2012

2012 has been one of the most successful years at the Lavender line to date, more steamings than ever before, a brand new station and two successful gala weekends are just a few of what 2012 had to offer the Lavender line...more info

9th December 2012 - New Years Day Winter Steam Up

We are very pleased to announce that we will be hosting our annual winters new years day steam up on Tuesday 1st January....more info

16th November - Christmas at Isfield Specials Just Weeks Away!

It’s only a few weeks to go until the first Christmas at Isfield specials begin and this year is setting out to be out best yet. ...more info

7th November - Locomotive Report Update

Austin 1 has performed almost without fault this year proving herself to be a real asset to the railway as our only working steam engine, 3837 arrived at the railway last year after being rescued from the Leatherhead Leisure centre in Surrey. ...more info

24th October - Halloween freight fright night this coming Saturday (27th October)!

If you fancy something different to celebrate Halloween why not take an evening trip to the Lavender line for our Halloween freight fright night evening. ...more info

24th October - Goods train day this coming Sunday is a go! (28th October)

Our last goods train day of the year for this coming Sunday the 28th October is set to go ahead as our goods set has received a much needed overhaul a safety check which has been carried out by our carriage and wagon team....more info

10th October - Additional steam date added for Sunday 4th November

We are very pleased to announce that we will be running an additional steam day during November. Sunday 4th November will see our resident steam engine Austin 1 take over the current diesel service. ...more info

8th October - Christmas at Isfield 2012

We are extremely pleased to announce that we have released details for this years Christmas at Isfield. The lavender line is well know for its atmospheric Santa specials, from the warm and cosy fire in the buffet to a train ride through the beautiful Sussex countryside this really is the way to count down the days to Christmas....more info

28th September - October Half Term Specials

Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd October, We are very pleased to announce that we will be following up of summer holiday specials with the autumn half term specials this October with ticket prices at just £5.00....more info

28th September - Lavender line annual AGM 2012

The Lavender lines annual AGM will be held on Saturday 20th October in the Cinders Buffet at 16.00....more info

24th September - Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October

We are very pleased to announce an update for our 2012 steam diesel and transport weekend which is already proving to be the highlight of the special events calendar....more info

22nd September - Change to goods train days

We have made some slight adjustments to our goods trains events for the remainder of the year which will ensure you can enjoy a close encounter of a steam engine. Due to many of our goods wagons being taken out of service for essential maintenance we are unable to carry out a full goods train for the rest of the year, but we have not given up on the event and we have come up with a very unique compromise....more info

12th September - Halloween freight fright night

A new event for 2012 - Why not join us on Saturday 27th October for an evening of spooky fun with our very first freight fright night! This is one event not be missed with entertainment throughout the night for all ages....more info

22nd August - Steam and Thumper day this coming bank holiday Monday!

This Bank holiday Monday (27th August) see’s a very unique event taking place at the Lavender line; our very own thumper unit 1133 will be teaming up with our resident steam engine Austin 1 to bring you a day of steam and thumpers with an intensive timetable which will allow you to enjoy both the luxuries of steam and diesel....more info

August 8th - Steam, Diesel and Vintage Transport weekend update

We have an exciting update to announce for our steam, diesel and vintage transport weekend which will be taking place on the weekend of 6th and 7th October....more info

August 2nd - Summer Holiday Mid Week Specials

If you are stuck for things to over the long summer holidays why not take advantage of our mid week summer holiday specials with every ticket priced at just £5.00!...more info

July 20th - Additional Special Event: August Bank holiday Monday steam and Thumper specials

We are very excited to announce that we are holding an additional special event on the August bank holiday Monday. Hot on the heels of the diesel gala which was held at the beginning of the month we have taken the decision to combine both steam and diesel for one day only which will include our resident steam engine Austin 1 and our resident Thumper unit 1133 who are joining forces to bring you a two train service over the bank holiday Monday....more info

July 20th - Worth halt is officially open to the public!

We are extremely excited to announce that the Lavender lines new station at Little Horsted is now officially open for the public. Worth halt was opened for public use on the morning of Saturday 7th July just before the diesel gala began and none other than our very own thumper unit 1133 took charge of the first official train to and from Worth halt. ...more info

July 19th - A Very Successful Diesel Gala

The Lavender lines first diesel gala in almost 10 years took place over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of July and what a weekend it turned out to be!...more info

July 12th - New limited edition A C Lavender coal wagon available in Lavender line shop

We are very pleased to announce that we have a limited number of A E LAVENDER coal merchant wagons in 00 gauge which is available to purchase from our shop located on platform 2 or by contacting our membership sectary Barry Monk who is more than happy to help you out on any orders for the wagons....more info

June 27th - Final details of diesel gala released!

We are very excited to announce the final details of the lavender line’s first diesel gala since 2003. With a line up of over 5 different forms of diesel traction this diesel gala is soon becoming one of the most anticipated events of the year...more info

June 7th - Diamond Jubilee Weekend

Over the weekend of 3rd and 4th June we too enjoyed celebrating the Queens diamond jubilee at the Lavender line. Events were held up and down the country to mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign and even Isfield carried out its own celebrations over the weekend. ...more info

June 3rd - Toad brake van restoration almost complete and a Diamond Jubilee success

Our resident toad brake van which has spent the past 28 years at the Lavender line has finally had the full cosmetic overhaul it deserves....more info

May 22nd - Steam only running on Monday 4th June over jubilee weekend

We regret to announce that we will only be running one steam day over the jubilee weekend which will be on Bank holiday Monday 4th June. Due to unforeseen circumstances we are unable to run steam for Sunday 3rd June, there will be a train service but this will be diesel hauled, most likely our Wickham railbus or our very own shunter Valiant...more info

May 1st - Provisional details for Diesel Gala released - Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July

We are very excited to announce some provisional details for our first diesel gala in 9 years. With a huge line up of loco’s and rolling stock set to take stage over the weekend of 7th and 8th July the gala weekend is rapidly becoming a must see event for the diary....more info

May 1st - Double goods train days on May bank holiday weekend

On Sunday 6th and Monday 7th May we will be hosting our ever popular goods train’s days to show you the variety in railway travel. Our Toad brake van will be in operation in the goods set with a chance to sample the beautiful Sussex views....more info

April 17th - Riley’s Railway extension and new Riley’s Railway special event on Sunday 9th September

Over the past few weeks our sponsored miniature railway on platform 2 ‘Riley’s railway’ has undergone an extension. This extension which leads behind the railways shop will allow easier passenger access and the usage of two trains running at the same time. ...more info

April 13th - Progress update on Worth halt

We are pleased to report that the railways latest project is coming along very well, Worth halt has undergone more work over the past few weeks with the station now starting to look like a real feature in the Parish of Little Horsted. The new halt is currently in the final stages of completion although there is still work to be done. ...more info

April 3rd - April at the Lavender Line and Easter Specials

We will be running a diesel service on Good Friday with trains running from 11.00 until 4.30 & Steam will be in charge of all services on Easter Sunday and Monday with our resident steam engine ‘Austin 1’. She will be coupled with our newly refurbished 108 coach which spend much of its working life running out of London Paddington on shuttle services until the late 1980’s. ...more info

March 21st - First Goods train day for 2012

Sunday 25th March will see the railways first goods train day of the 2012 season, with a bigger goods train than previous years this is turning out to be a very exciting day. On Monday the goods set was assembled throughout the day with both resident diesels planet and Valiant in use for all the shunting movements....more info

March 14th - Worth halt undergoes gauging tests

On Saturday 10th March the permanent way gang took the opportunity to carry out a series of gauging exams on the railway new station, ‘Worth halt’ is in the final stages of construction and one of the crucial tests was to find out how well the locomotives and rolling stock fit into the platform. This was carried out in-between one of Clive Groomes footplate courses allowing the opportunity to see the steam engine waiting at ‘Worth halt’....more info

March 9th - March at the Lavender line and steam on mothers day

We are pleased to announce that we will be running an extra steam day in March which will be on Sunday 19th march. This means there will be two steam dates in March, mothers day and our first goods train day on Sunday 25th March, two fantastic opportunities to sample the delights on the Lavender line preserved railway....more info

March 1st - Work continues on ‘Worth halt’

Work is steadily continuing on the new station ‘Worth halt’ with 90% of the platform complete. The dedicated Wednesday gang have put in countless hours of work towards the new halt over the past 8 weeks with very promising signs on the horizon. Thanks to the clear dry weather we have experienced over the past 2 months our hard working volunteers have managed to build the new halt from scratch and already begun laying the fencing necessary to ensure the halt is safe to public use....more info

Feb 24th - 108 Carriage and Fuel tanker restoration

Some of our dedicated volunteers have undertaken the lengthy task of restoring our resident 108 carriage in order to ensure it is safe and ready for use by the spring....more info

Feb 21st - Lavender Line at Brighton Modelworld

he Lavender line preservation society will be hosting a society stand at the Brighton model world on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February. We will have a display of the lavender line including the past, the present and the future which will show you how the lavender line went from a dilapidated site to a beautifully restored station....more info

Feb 10th - February at the Lavender line and half term specials

Throughout February at the Lavender line we will be running service trains every Sunday during the month, this will be an all diesel service which will most likely be hauled by our resident diesel ‘Valiant’ with the toad brake van or our Wickham railbus which allows you a fantastic 360 degree view....more info

January 30th - Work on new halt at Little Horsted continues

Over the past 6 weeks work has continued on the new halt at the end of the line. This very exciting project started back in December and has been in full swing ever since, with help from the warmer weather and dry days our dedicated P way gang has spent countless hours digging and building to ensure that everything goes according to plan...more info

January 25th - Locomotives winter cleaning

During the winter months two of our regular locomotives will be under going a winter deep clean ready for the 2012 season. ...more info

January 3rd - January at the Lavender line

We will be running an all diesel service throughout January with trains running every Sunday. This time of year can be a difficult time in which to enjoy the outdoors, with cold and dark days its hard to find the time to do anything so why not have a morning at the Lavender line, enjoy a full English breakfast in our Cinders buffet then take a leisurely train ride behind out resident diesel ‘Valiant ‘in the toad brake van. The toad hosts a warming coal stove which allows you to enjoy the enjoy the beautiful Sussex countryside in the warmth of the cosy brake van. ...more info

December 21st - Steam dates for 2012

We are pleased to announce our steam dates for the 2012 season. We will be running our resident steam engine 0-6-0ST Kitson ‘Austin 1’ for all steam days with the opportunity to see her running with both carriages and goods trains....more info

December 16th - Work on Little Horsted station begins!

Work on the new Little Horsted halt has began on Wednesday 14th December with a small group of dedicated volunteers including our very own chairman marking out and measuring the new area in which a halt style station at Little Horsted will be built. ...more info

December 10th - Back in Black!

Our very own 0-4-0 diesel ‘Planet’ has been undergoing a full cosmetic overhaul over the past 6 months by one of our Wednesday gang members....more info

December 2nd - New years day steam up and vehicle drive in:

We are pleased to announce our first special event of 2012 with our New years day steam up and vehicle drive in on Sunday 1st January....more info

November 29th - Santa specials 2011

There is still time to book your Santa special tickets for a very special trip to the Lavender line; this year promises to be another exciting Santa special season with preparations well underway for the arrival of Santa....more info

November 25th - Austin 1 passes steam test

Our resident steam engine ‘Austin 1’ passed its annual steam test on Thursday 24th November ready for the Santa season....more info

November 14th - Pipeline plans for station at Little Horsted

The Lavender Line preservation society has been discussing if building a new station at the railways current terminus at Little Horsted is a feasible option. At this current point in time the committee members are exploring ways in which we could build and sustain a station at Little Horsted. ...more info

November 4th - Steam crew cleaners wanted!

We are currently looking for any working volunteers who have a love for steam and would like the opportunity of learning the ropes and becoming a member of our steam crews. ...more info

November 4th - Riley’s railway

Riley’s railway is one of the latest additions to our station site attractions. Over the past 6 months our very own Chairman has been hard at work building this new 5 inch gauge railway on behalf of one of our newest members as a fundraising attraction on selected Sundays and bank holidays. ...more info

October 29th - Additional steam day on Sunday 6th November

We are pleased to announce we will be running and extra steam day on Sunday 6th November...more info

October 18th - The Wednesday Gang

If you have ever fancied working at a steam railway but you don’t have any free time at the weekends, the Wednesday gang could be your answer. Every Wednesday an ever growing gang of volunteers give up a spare few hours of their time to carry out odd jobs around the railway of which is continuingly improving the site for both members and the public ...more info

20th Anniversary and Transport Gala Triumph!

Over the weekends of 1st and 2nd, 8th and 9th October the Lavender line held its first gala event in almost 6 years. Saturday 1st October saw the gala kick off with a unique two train service running from both platforms 1 and 2. more info

September 27th - Lavender line AGM Saturday 22nd October 2011

The Lavender line’s AGM will be held at 16.30 on Saturday 22nd October in the Cinder buffet on Platform 1. We will be covering a range of subjects: more info

September 23rd - Anniversary and Transport Gala- Final Update

With only a week to go until the celebrations begin; final preparations are taking place at Isfield station to ensure everything runs smoothly for both weekends more info

September 21st - Santa specials 2011

Why not make this years visit to Santa extra special with a trip to the Lavender line, with unlimited train rides throughout the day, a fresh mince pie for adults and a present personally given by Santa for the children. The Lavender line’s Santa specials is a Christmas experience to remember  more info

September 13th - Additional Goods train day Sunday 25th September

We are pleased to announce that due to popular demand we will be running an additional ‘Lewes goods pick up’ on Sunday 25th September. Our resident steam engine ‘Austin 1’ will be in charge of the goods train throughout the day recreating a humble picture of a local goods service departing Isfield station. more info

9th September - Anniversary and Transport Gala Update

We are pleased to announce that the ticket prices for our 20th anniversary and transport gala on 1st 2nd and 8th 9th October are now available. ..more info

6th September - Footplate Tasters

We are pleased to announce new for 2011 our ‘Footplate tasters’. For a small fee of just £5.00 you can ride with the driver and fireman on the steam engine for one round trip to give you the feel and the experience of riding on a full size steam engine....more info

31st August - Goods train success

On Sunday 28th and Monday 29th August the Lavender line held its first Goods train days for a number of years. On both the Sunday and Monday ‘Austin 1’ was in steam running on the south end of the four piece goods train allowing visitors to enjoy a unique view of the Sussex countryside from our resident Toad brake van more info....

19th August - Anniversary and Transport Gala

1st, 2nd and 8th, 9th October - The Lavender line preservation society would like to invite you to celebrate 20 years of progress and success with 2 special gala weekends which will include the anticipated visit of the famous ‘Rocket replica’ more info...

18th August - Goods Trains Days

Sunday 28th - Monday 29th August -We are pleased to announce an additional special event for 2011. more info...

11th August - Toad brake van restoration

Two of our regular working members Dan and Roger have undertaken the lengthy task of cosmetic restoration of our resident Toad brake van which has seen a fair share of use since its last restoration period in 2003. This task involves stripping the rotten wood, replacing the missing running boards, a full service of the linkage and vacuum cylinders, replacing the waterproof felt on the roof and of course a new coat of paint... more info

August 5th - Track Refurbishment

Over the past year our very own membership secretary and permanent way manager Barry Monk has been over seeing one of the larger projects that has been taking place at Isfield. The wooden sleepers that form the foundations of the line from the old farm crossing to the new public crossing have not been replaced since David Milham owned the site 20 years ago....more info

July 26th - No steam haulage on Sunday 7th August

Due to our resident steam engine ‘Austin 1’ suffering with a failed steam brake it is with regret that there will be no steam haulage on Sunday 7th August. ...more info

July 14th - New Miniature Railway

For some time now the Lavender Line has considered installing a 5 inch gauge railway on the grass verge on platform 2...more info

July 12th - Station Refurbishment

Over the past few months it was agreed that more money should be spent refurbishing the station site itself ...more info

July 8th - Free entry on Footplate days

On many Saturdays throughout the year ‘Clive Groome’ runs his famous ‘Footplate Days and Ways’ courses at the Lavender Line. Although there is no public service on these days, the station site, buffet, gift shop and model railway are all open to the public.... more info

July 7th - Isfield Village Fete

Our next steam date will be hauled by our resident steam engine ‘Austin 1’ on Sunday 17th July which will co-inside with the village Fete opposite the railway...more info

June 27th

See Rocket at Isfield on 1st & 2nd, 8th & 9th October 2011 for our 20th Anniversary and Transport Gala weekend. Rocket will be in steam with its two coaches, other locomotives that live at Isfield will also be in operation and a show of Vintage Vehicles. Special fares apply.

June 27th

Extra Steam Service for July, Austin1 will be running the service train on Sunday 17th July, this is also the date of Isfield Village Fete. Other steam dates for July are Sunday 3rd, and Sunday 31st

June 26th

The guards roster for July is now posted on the members page.

May 29th 2011

The guards roster and the drivers roster for June are now posted on the members page.

May 14th 2011

As part of the Lavender Line's 20th anniversary celebrations, the famous replica locomotive "Rocket" will be visiting Isfield and will be in steam on 2nd and the 9th of October. More information about this and our other celebratory events will appear soon.

May 13th 2011

We have just been informed that The Sussex Air Ambulance Charity Drive will end at the Lavender Line on 17th August.

May 9th 2011

Congratulations to member Keith Burgess who passed out as a guard on Sunday 8th May