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. This unique looking steam engine is certainly something different to ride behind and there will be plenty of opportunities to do so at the Lavender line in the coming months!
“Yvonne” is a Cockerill design originally from Belgium with a Vertical saturated steam boiler and 2 outside cylinders. She has very small wheels for quick acceleration and standard outside motion for easy maintenance. Unlike many vertical boiler steam engines such as Sentinels “Yvonne” does not have any chain driven motion which makes it look more like a conventional steam loco. She is set to arrive at Isfield mid to late January and it is hoped “Yvonne” will be placed straight into traffic to allow our steam crews to get familiar with her controls and how she works.
Keep an eye out on our latest news for when she is set to arrive and watch out for “Yvonne” running days which are hopefully going to start by early spring. On busy bank holiday Mondays throughout the year “Yvonne” will be paired up with our resident steam engine “Austin 1” on a two train service to provide an intensive timetable for a variety of steam!
Special events and steam running days will be announced on the website shortly.