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

Lavender Line News

19th January 2013

STOP PRESS! Two Visiting Steam Engines Confirmed for Steam and Vintage Transport Gala

We are very pleased to announce that the Lavender line has confirmed two very special visiting steam engines for our annual steam and vintage transport gala on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October.

We are welcoming the Bagnall Port of Par twins ‘Alfred’ and ‘Judy’ from Cornwall courtesy of the Bodmin and Wenford railway for the steam and vintage transport gala which takes place in October. These unique looking 0-4-0 saddle tanks have become quite the celebrates due to their ‘cut down’ engine size which enabled them to work the china clay works at the Port of Par. ‘Judy’ was built in 1936 for the China clay Company to move wagons of clay around the docks, she was accompanied by Punch a previous engine until it was scrapped in 1944. ‘Alfred’ was a later engine built in 1953, she joined forces with ‘Judy’ due to the increasing amount of work and shunting necessary in the post war years. The Port of Par twins are also well recognised as being the inspiration for Thomas the tank engines creator Reverend W Awdry ‘Bill and Ben’ who show a huge resemblance to the ‘cut down’ locos.

Over the weekend of the 5th and 6th October the Lavender line’s steam and vintage transport gala will place host to 3 steam engines which will include out very own ‘Austin 1’ who will join forces with ‘Alfred’ and ‘Judy’ in providing one of the most intensive gala timetables the railway has ever seen. With a huge line up visiting vintage vehicles set to take stage over weekend along with the train services its looking like a date not to be missed!

Highlights of the gala:

• Visiting steam engines ‘Alfred’ and ‘Judy’ (courtesy of the Bodmin and Wenford railway)
• Resident steam engine ‘Austin 1’
• Intensive timetable
• 3 train service
• Visiting vintage vehicles
• Riley’s Miniature railway
• Fantastic photography opportunities at Worth halt including lineside
• Full access to railway and attractions

This is set to be a fantastic weekend with lots to see and do, with the opening of our new station at Worth halt you have the opportunity to alight your train and enjoy either a leisurely woodland walk or take advantage of our quarter of mile lineside fence that allows you to take great lineside style shots and get close to the hard working steam engines.

There will be more information on this event as it gets closer including what vehicles are set to star at the event, there will also be more information on parking and timetables closer to the event once everything has been finalised.

A big thank you to the Bodmin and Wenford railway for the hire of ‘Alfred’ and ‘Judy’.

We hope you can join us for this very special event which is set to be the highlight of the year. There’s something for everyone at the steam and vintage vehicle gala, from traction engines to vintage cars and Lorries to 3 working steam engines sharing a very intensive timetable, perfect for both families and the enthusiast