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The Lavender Line, Isfield

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The Lavender Line is a heritage railway based at Isfield Station, near Uckfield in East Sussex, England.HistoryThe Lavender Line formed part of the Lewes to Uckfield Railway when it was opened on 18 October 1858. Within 12 months of its opening, the branch had been integrated into the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) to safeguard the company’s interests east of its London to Brighton main line. Ten years from its opening, Isfield saw through workings from Brighton to Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge, via a new Uckfield - Groombridge link. This scheme necessitated track diversion work north of Lewes, to obviate trains having to reverse, and the branch therefore assumed a new course, entering Lewes from the North.Prior to that time trains from Uckfield travelling south to Lewes joined the Keymer Junction to Lewes line at Hamsey, latterly called the "Hamsey Loop." A new scheme required major track diversion work north of Lewes, in order to remove the need for trains having to reverse at Lewes. So the line took a new course, with the abandoning of the Hamsey Loop and assumed a new course, entering Lewes from the North, traversing a bridge over the River Ouse then a bridge over Cliffe High Street to Lewes Station via a number of embankments. Such a route was indeed heavily engineered. As a result of this the mileage of the line also changed following this route alteration, and with the nought milepost now at Brighton, Isfield’s location now became 13 miles 1,070 yards (21.9 km).
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  • The Lavender Line is a great place itch one operational steam loco called Empress. The Lavender Line has two thumpers, one is in a green southern livery and the other is in the south eastern blue and ...  more »
  • We went there and had a trip on the Santa Special, the kids loved the ride, Santa, his elf and their presents. Nice little line, short ride (for now) but a friiendly railway with a lovely tearoom serv...  more »
  • Unfortunately compared to last year visiting I found that the "gala" weekend was no where near as good, I feel that it seemed to be very last minute and no one really knew what time things were happen...  more »
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  • Excellent little, enthusiasts railway. Well worth a visit especially for the breakfast. It was superb. 2 bacon, 2 eggs, Sausage, beans, mushrooms, tomato, black pudding, saute potato, toast and tea. All for £6.50.
  • Friendly little preserved railway with some interesting rolling stock. Good buffet.
  • The kids loved it, if I'm being honest it's a little overpriced for what you get.
  • We visited recently and found the model railway wasn't working and the shop was closed for lunch, although to be fair did it reopen before we left. Also the miniature railway that runs along the platform wasn't running. The train was a diesel shunter pushing a brake van for a return trip of around 20 minutes, including a wait of 5 minutes at the other end of the line. The cafe is quite cosy, but the actual train journey is rather dull.
  • Great little railway, ideal for kids