The Lavender Line
We regret to announce that we will only be running one steam day over the jubilee weekend which will be on Bank holiday Monday 4th June. Due to unforeseen circumstances we are unable to run steam for Sunday 3rd June, there will be a train service but this will be diesel hauled, most likely our Wickham railbus or our very own shunter Valiant. We will however be running steam on Monday 4th of June with our very own steam engine ‘Austin 1’ which will be paired up with our newly refurbished 108 coach. This coach has recently undergone an upgrade with new heaters, refurbished flooring and ceiling and new tables in the 1st class section. Although the coach is not yet complete it is well on the way to becoming a very unique feature to our railway with allowing beautiful views of the Sussex countryside.
Why not celebrate the Queens diamond jubilee by enjoying a typical English afternoon out, Austin 1 will be decorated for the day and cream teas will be available throughout the day in our Cinder buffet. Why not start the day as you mean to go on with a lavender line full English breakfast, followed by a picnic in one of our picnic areas. On both Sunday and Monday trains will depart from platform 2 with trains running on the hour and half hour from 11.00 until 4.30, Sunday 3rd June will be a diesel day and Monday 4th June will be a steam day so why not take advantage of the sunny weather that’s heading our way!
Although Tuesday 5th June is a national bank holiday we will not be running and train service and we will not be open to the public for that date, all of our staff are 100% volunteers and running for 2 days solid can take its toll, plus I am sure everyone would like to enjoy the jubilee celebrations on this day so how about avoiding disappointment and take a trip along out beautiful line on either Sunday 3rd June or Monday 4th June.
We will also be hosting out unique footplate taster trips throughout both days where you can have to chance to ride with the driver, on steam days it is £5.00 and diesel days a fee of just £3.00!