The Lavender Line
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. The day started with some of the loco crews familiarising themselves with her unique style and controls, after some testing and teething issues sorted ‘Yvonne’ began shunting up and down the shed road trialling brakes and power. After lunch she was taking onto the main running line and hooked up with the railways 25 ton toad brake van to see if she can handle heavier loads and to many surprised faces she pulled the load with not a lot of fuss!
The steam trials continued throughout the day with time trials taking place between Isfield station and Worth halt to see if ‘Yvonne’ can keep to timetable and sure enough she did. ‘Yvonne’s owner Colin was very pleased with how the day panned out and how successful she was especially as she has not steamed for over 18 months.
There will be a couple more private steam trials taking place over the next month to ensure steam crews are familiar with her and her unique style.
‘Yvonne’s first public steam day will be on Sunday 6th April where she will be in steam alongside our resident steam engine ‘Austin 1’ as a welcome to the railway event. Keep and eye out for more details on this date and more ‘Yvonnne’ running days which will be announced very soon.