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

Lavender Line News

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. Sunday 27th July will see a combination of both steam and Thumper as both our resident steam engines 0-6-0ST Kitson Austin 1 and 0-4-0VBT Cockerill Yvonne team up with Thumper 1133 in providing unlimited train rides throughout the day right from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Austin 1 will be on steam passenger duties as she hauls the railways two coach set consisting of the Semi Royal Saloon and the 108 trailer coach. She will be hauling this set from platform 2 whilst 1133 will be carrying out passenger duties from platform 1 with train departing on each hour and the steam service on each half hour.

This Sunday is looking set to be a scorcher of a day with blue skies and wall to wall sunshine on the cards as the summer heat wave continues. Why not make a visit to the Lavender Line on Sunday 27th July for this extra special event, there will be intensive timetables, parallel runs, double headers, Riley’s miniature railway a much more!

Our resident Belgium Vertical Boiler Tank 0-4-0 Cockerill Yvonne will also be in steam on Sunday and will be providing brake van rides from the Dock platform located next to platform 1. There will be brake van rides approximately every 15 minutes from 10.30 onwards with parallel runs and crossovers. There is no extra charge for the brake van rides but footplate rides on Yvonne requires just a small donation of you choice to help the running of this unique and quirky loco. If you fancy going that extra mile there will be footplate rides available on our bigger engine 0-6-0ST Kitson Austin with a fee of just £5.00 for one return trip to Worth halt and back.

On the day:

• 2 steam engines in action (Austin 1 and Yvonne)

• Thumper unit 1133 on full passenger duties

• Intensive timetable

• Double headers

• Brake van rides

• Steam footplate rides *Small donation charge*

• Great photography opportunities

• Riley’s miniature railway

• Early bird Thumper departures reminiscing the final days of DEMU Thumper services through Isfield

Timetables: From sfield to Worth Halt


Thumper DEMU 1133-(Platform 1)
10.00*Early Bird service, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00*Last Thumper round trip

Austin 1 with Semi Royal Saloon and 108 coach-(Platform 2)
10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 14.30, 15.30, 16.30, 17.00*Double header with Yvonne/ Last round trip

Yvonne with Toad brake van-(Dock Platform)
Brake van rides will commence from 10.30 and Yvonne will depart each time either train departs from Platform 1 or 2 with shuttle runs to the bridge approximately every 15 minutes. r />
Trains will depart Worth Halt at 15 minutes and 45 minutes past the hour as following the timetable above

Footplate rides:


There will be footplate rides available from both steam engines Austin 1 and Yvonne throughout the day. Austin 1 on a full length return trip will be just £5.00 and shuttle run footplate rides on Yvonne for a small donation fee. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee cab rides on Thumper 1133 but keep an eye out for future opportunities.

Prices on the day:


To help celebrate the return to service of 1133 and what the Lavender Line has achieved we will be keeping the prices for the Gala day at normal steam day prices!!! So for a normal steam day price you get,

• Unlimited Steam train rides

• Unlimited Thumper rides

• Brake van rides

• Full access to the station site

• Opportunities for Steam footplate rides with small donation charge applying

Adults: £9.00

Children aged 3-15 years old: £6.00

Children under 3: Free

Family Ticket: (2 adults and 3 children) £28.00

Senior Citizen: £7.00

The railways Cinders Buffet will be open from 8.30am onwards for breakfasts with tickets available to buy from 9.30 at the ticket office located at the entrance to the station site.

The Royal Saloon on the steam service does have a very small charge travel in per trip but no extra fee for travelling in the 108 coach.

All locos and stock are subject to availability and the Lavender Line has the right to withdraw any loco at any point during the day.