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

Lavender Line News

January 25th 2012

Locomotives winter cleaning

During the winter months two of our regular locomotives will be under going a winter deep clean ready for the 2012 season. Our resident diesel Ruston ‘Valiant’ will be undergoing a full degrease and clean which will ensure the loco is looking its best when hauling passenger services on our diesel days. This will include a complete interior clean, a full exterior clean, all grease points re-greased, fuel tank cleaned and filled and a touch up of any paint.

Valiant arrived in 2008 and has not under gone any major cleaning since then which is why the decision has been made to ensure our Ruston is maintained properly and to the highest standard.

Our resident steam engine ‘Austin 1’ will also be undergoing a deep clean over the winter months which will ensure she is all set for the new season. Having passed her annual boiler and steam test in November Austin is currently taking a well earn break over the winter months after a very busy 2011. ‘Austin’ will be undergoing her own minor service throughout January and February beginning with every flue tube cleaned, a complete clean of the firebox, all grease points re greased, the replacement of the piston glands and a full clean or the cab.

‘Austin 1’ has served 2011 tremendously with steam running almost every first and last Sunday of the months with the exception of a few hick up problems. With Santa specials and the New years day steam up out the way preparations are well underway for the 2012 season, including a selection of new special events, steam days on the first and last Sundays of the months from March till October and of course our annual transport gala weekend on 6th and 7th October 2012 where it is hoped a visiting steam engine will be joining us for the event.

If you would like to join the Lavender line in the upkeep of these beautiful locomotives please use our contact form, or simply turn up on any Sunday or Wednesday and one of our members would be more than happy to show you around and show you what interesting activities there are at steam railways.