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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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  • went to the weekend gala but was a very disappointing trip. Travelled by bus from the national rail network at Uckfield which all worked well. However we arrive around 11:30 and it appeared the railwa...  more »
  • Went to what was advertised as a gala day. Not much gala to be found. £32 to get in and they couldn't even tell me what time the trains were running or which one was next. Watched some staff having an...  more »
  • We visited with our 3 yr old grandson on a rainy day. It was called a Gala weekend but I think that was wishful thinking. The public area was a bit tatty and the stalls were very few in number and not...  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