The Lavender Line
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.
After an agreement with the site team at the railway a gang of working volunteers set to work making the extension a reality, already the remaining parts of broken up old wagons have been removed, cut up and placed into skips which made a suitable sized area in which work can begin. The back of shed has already been cut open to the correct size and track has laid 12 feet along with new concrete. The problem with the area at the back of the shed is the amount of water it collects, being so low down in an unnatural cutting it does attract the water so to combat this problem there has been a small water pump installed to keep the issue at bay.
The shed extension project will take several more weeks with our very own chairman spearheading the task. The remaining spoil from the cutting is currently being transferred onto our carrier wagons and is being dumped further up the line where it will out the way. With 40 extra feet behind the shed this will allow either 2 locomotives, 2 wagons or a carriage to be housed within the shed and most importantly in the dry.
Keep an eye out for more updates on this new project over the coming weeks with pictures to follow the progress, check out our new Lavender line loco department Facebook page which is dedicated to the on site activity at the railway and what goes on. If you want to find out more or get involved with any of these new and exciting projects just turn up at the railway on any Wednesday or Sunday for a chat.