The Lavender Line
Work is steadily being made on Riley’s miniature to extend the 5 inch gauge railway past the current picnic area and on past the Wickham hut located a few feet north of the water tower. This will bring the miniature railway well past the edge of platform 2 and up the steep gradients next the picnic area, although the gradients are only slight to the naked eye for a 5 inch gauge engine with passengers this can make it a tricky task to climb. Our team of dedicated volunteers are currently digging out the foundations of the extension ready for the ballast and track to be laid. Our chairman John is at the head of the project which includes removing several tree stumps of which is not the easiest of tasks due to the depth of the trees.
Riley’s railway was opened in July 2011 after a new member approached the Lavender line with the interest of running a 5 inch gauge attraction which will nestle amongst the surroundings of Isfield station, the money raised by Riley’s railway goes towards St Thomas’s hospital for children with heart difficulties. The miniature railway can be see open on select Sunday between March and October including special events such as bank holidays, diesel galas and our steam and vintage transport gala which will be held in October. Keep an eye out for more updates on the extension and how it progresses.
One of the very first attractions formed at the Lavender line was the viewing area which is located just past the engine shed up on the embankment. The area over looks the railway from quite a height and allows you to enjoy the slights and sounds of the railway from a unique view. But over the years the area has become neglected due to our dedicated volunteers getting stuck in on other projects such as our miniature railway on platform two and Worth halt. A small group of volunteers have taken it upon themselves to treat this beautiful little secluded area to a refurbishment which includes a good cut down and a special viewing area where you can take some unique shots of the trains. This area also hosts a wildlife hut, benches and picnic benches where you can relax and unwind amongst the beautiful Sussex countryside. If you are lucky enough during the summer months you can often see a selection of butterflies and moths as well as other wild animals in and around the viewing area, this is due to the natural meadow environment that surrounds it, giving you that real countryside experience. If you would like to enjoy this viewing area just head towards the engine shed from the car park, turn left and you will see a footpath that leads you to the viewing area which takes approximately 5 minutes from our station buffet.