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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  • July 5, 2017
    Whilst only a mile or so long there is plenty on site to interest transport fans but note rides up the line (steam or diesel hauled depending on availability of loco) are generally only available on S...  more »
  • May 14, 2017
    The staff are extremely helpful and pleasant. The restaurant serves the best breakfast I have found in the area, in very atmospheric surroundings. While the train journey may be a little short, it has...  more »
  • May 11, 2017
    We visited the Lavender Line as a family on one of the steam engine driving courses which we had bought for my Dad for his birthday. We stayed in Lewes and it was only a short drive to Isfield. There ...  more »
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  • What a great day. My father-in-law had a fantastic time driving the steam train and we all had fun riding on it. The food in the tearoom was lovely and all the people working there were very friendly and helpful. I would thoroughly recommend this.
  • Nice short heritage railway offering a good cafe and ample parking. Close to major towns of the area.
  • A nice calm day out. My children loved Riley's mini railway
  • Really quaint place to go. Their rolling stock is well looked after. Food on a Sunday fab....Well done.
  • Enjoyed going there. It is a great little statshion for steam train and the food in the cafe is nice

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