The Lavender Line
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.
Joining in with DEMU Thumper unit 1133 and Andrew Barclay will be our resident shunter 0-6-0DH Ruston 'Valiant' and the Wickham Railbus. Our 0-4-0DM 'Planet' will be on hand for the early morning shunt as well as various other resident diesels on display.
This is one gala you don't want to miss, with our resident Thumper 1133 back in action and the launch of 0-4-0DM Andrew Barclay taking part in the weekends services its looking to be a great event! This is an event not just for the diesel enthusiasts but families too, with a variety a trains in operation and different trains to rides behind its a great weekend to enjoy in the Sussex countryside. A stop off at Worth halt for a break or picnic will certainly break up the day, take a moment to unwind at Worth halt and enjoy what the surrounding countryside has to offer whilst watching the trains make their way back to Isfield. How about a ride on Riley's miniature railway to finish off the day, there will be a number of different 5 inch gauge locos in operation throughout the weekend with all precedes going to the St Thomas Hospital for children. Thumper raffle tickets will also be available on the day for a chance to win a 1st, 2nd or 3rd prize where all proceeds go to the restoration of the railways Thumper unit 1133
Highlights of the gala:
• Up to 4 diesels in operation
• Brake van rides
• Thumper unit DEMU 1133 in action
• Newly out shopped 0-4-0DM Andrew Barclay in service
• Intensive timetable
• Early morning departures
• Riley's miniature railway action
More information on the gala weekend will be available closer to the event so keep an eye out on the latest news and special events page for more information.