The Lavender Line
Over the weekend of 3rd and 4th June we too enjoyed celebrating the Queens diamond jubilee at the Lavender line. Events were held up and down the country to mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign and even Isfield carried out its own celebrations over the weekend. On Sunday 3rd our resident diesel Valiant was in action paired with out newly restored toad brake van, toad was given a full jubilee makeover with bunting and union flags flying from every corner. On Monday 4th our resident steam engine Austin 1 was in steam providing brake van rides for the entire length of the line in which she too was decorated appropriately for the celebrations. The village of Isfield itself has always been a very patriotic place and this was proven with parties conjoined with the laughing fish pub and the lavender line, both joined together for the celebrations with a grand finale of Isfield Lighting its very own massive beacon!
Three days of thumping across Sussex
The Lavender line is very pleased to announce that we are teaming up with the nearby Spa valley railway and Southern to bring you a very unique opportunity. The diesel gala weekend will also be apart of a very special line up which will allow you to enjoy two different thumpers on two different railways! The Spa valley railway are hosting two special thumper days on Friday 6th July and Saturday 7th July which will mark 27 years since the last thumper unit ran between Eridge and Tunbridge wells West, to celebrate this event the Spa Valley railway will be incorporating thumper services throughout the day on Saturday and chartered specials on Friday 6th July. With our very own diesel gala being held over the same weekend this could really prove to be a great chance to enjoy two different types of thumpers on two different railways. Why not enjoy a trip behind the Spa valley’s Sussex thumper unit then work your way the Lavender line and take full advantage of our very own Hampshire thumper unit in service throughout the day, there are also regular Southern train services between Eridge and Uckfield where you can alight for the 29 bus and arrive at Isfield ready to enjoy a day of thumping!
Friday July 6th – Special charter for the spa valley railway Sussex DEMU unit 1317 to Eridge
Saturday July 7th – Lavender line diesel gala including Hampshire DEMU 1133, Spa valley railway special timetable incorporating Sussex Unit 1317
Sunday July 8th – Lavender line diesel gala including Hampshire unit 1133
Over the course of the weekend there will be plenty of diesel action to feast your eyes on, from humble shunter loco’s to an ex mainline DEMU there will be something for everyone. The final details of the event have been realised and will be set out as it follows below, although the timetables may change during the event so keep an eye out when arriving at the railway.
There will also be free cab rides to the shed and back from our bay platform which is located by platform 1, this will give you the fantastic opportunity to ride on board one of our very own shunter diesels and enjoy the sounds and smells aboard the cab of a diesel locomotive. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity!
The highlight of the event will be of course the running of our resident thumper unit 1133 which has been painstakingly restored from tip to toe by one of our very dedicated volunteers, over 6 years in the making the DEMU will finally emerge from the shed with her brand new southern green livery ready to give enjoyment to all those who remember these iconic machines running along the mainline.
Loco’s in action:
Hampshire thumper unit 1133
0-6-0 Ruston ‘Valiant’
0-4-0DM Andrew Barclay
0-4-0 Planet No 15
Trains will be running approximately every 15 minutes from both platform 1 and platform 2
Platform 2 will be Thumper unit 1133 with trains running from 10.30 till 5.00 throughout the day
Platform 1 will be Wickham railbus from 10.30 till 12.00
Ruston ‘Valiant’ from 12.15 till 2.00
Andrew Barclay from 2.15 till 5.00
There will be goods trains throughout the day which will be running along side both passenger and thumper services.
Cab rides from bay platform:
There will be cab rides available from the bay platform next to platform 1.
Planet from 11.00 till 1.30 and Ruston from 2.15 till 4.00
Event ticket prices:
If you’re looking for a bargain gala weekend then this is the place to come, ticket prices are just £9.00 adults and £6.00 children for the day which entitles you unlimited train rides throughout the day, a programme of events and cab rides on board one of our diesels! This really is an event not to be missed so take advantage of our cheap and cheerful gala prices and enjoy a day of diesels at one of Sussex’s most beautiful locations.