The Lavender Line
NThe Lavender lines current fleet of goods wagons are in the final stages of restoration as they are prepared to run for the goods train days during 2013.
At one point during the days of steam Britain had hundreds of thousands of wagons from all shapes and sizes running up and down the country. From the Mid Victorian era to the mid 20th century this was the only means goods could carried long distances from one point of the country to the other, nothing could compare to the speed and reliability of the railway and how they delivered goods to all corners of the UK. At the Lavender line we like to show it was done in those days, with just a brake van at hand and a selection of goods wagons this really gives you an insight into what it was like during the days of steam.
One of our dedicated members is currently carrying out restoration work on one of our three plank wagons which was up until last year part of our goods set. But due to corrosion and the desperate need of restoration it was been withdrawn from traffic and currently sits on a section of track by the coal pile. Once completed it is hoped that the wagon will be painted in A E lavender colours which will represent the type of wagons used at Isfield during the railway heyday. Both the three plank and the five plank wagons are both represented by our 00 gauge models which are available in our shop located on platform 2.
Once the two wagons are complete the plan is to link them up with our newly restored tanker and toad brake van to recreate a pick up goods train hauled by our very own industrial steam engine doing what it does best.