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The Lavender Line, Isfield

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3.3/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
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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  • Had a wonderful, laid - back time here. All the staff were so friendly. When the lady in the ticket office overheard us talking about our wedding anniversary which was that day, she said her husband w...  read more »
  • I am train enthusiast, which I love to visit different rail heritage in UK. This one I was visit on a special day 'Diesel Gala' and it was lovely hot day. It is value for money for everyone include th...  read more »
  • We had our friends 11yr old for the day and knowing his love of trains, decided to take him to the diesel gala at the Lavender Line railway. Our first stop was the signal box, a great place for big an...  read more »
  • 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
  • Visited the railway on Sunday for the transport gala, had a fantastic time and everyone was well catered for. Rocket was in steam with another steam engine and the 2 train departures were great, a real gem of a place and would recommend to anyone. Will be going again soon!
  • Big disappointment for the kids. A single self powered coach was running and the model railway was about the best thing there. It was free, we didn't pay the entrance fee as there appeared to be little to see.
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