Miniature Steam Traction Engine and Classic Car Rally
Location: The Lavender Line Isfield Station Isfield, Uckfield East Sussex TN22 5XB
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019, - Sunday, October 6, 2019, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
The Lavender Line at Isfield Station, near Uckfield, in East Sussex, is holding a Miniature Steam Traction Engine and Classic Car Rally special event on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, 2019.
This is a delightful, volunteer run, standard gauge heritage railway, which operates preserved steam and diesel locomotives/units (subject to availability).
It offers a two-mile round trip from the preserved Victorian station at Isfield to Worth Halt, in the parish of Little Horsted, travelling through wonderful Sussex scenery and is perfect for families, enthusiasts or even those just looking for something different to do for a day out within this lovely county.
The railway was once part of the main national network, branching off at Lewes to the north east, passing through Barcombe Mills, Isfield and then onto Uckfield, where the national network terminates today.
On Sunday, February 23, 1969, the last British Railways DEMU (Diesel Electric Multiple Unit for non-railway folk) 1316 service train left Isfield Station and the line was subsequently closed, track lifted and trackbed, stations and railway land sold, all in an effort to cut costs and save money.
Thanks to dedicated and very keen enthusiastic volunteers, this railway is now partly relaid as a heritage line.
The event will have a number of miniature steam traction engines and various other vehicles other than classic cars are expected such as old motorbikes, military vehicles, vans, etc, all subject to availability.
If you wish to exhibit your vehicle, there is still time, contact Larry Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07825 287626. Entry to Exhibitors is free and for £10 you will get a breakfast and a train ride, but please note once again this special deal is for exhibitors of vehicles only.
Fares for the weekend are:
•Adults ~ £10
•Child (3 – 15) ~ £5
•Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) ~ £30
Cinders Buffet is located in the old station building and offers breakfast, a full range of cooked meals, light lunches, tea, coffee, cold drinks, cakes, etc. Opening times are: Saturday 10:00 – 17:00 (last orders for hot food – 15:45). Sunday 09:00 – 15:30 (last orders for hot food – 14:45).
The gift shop, selling souvenirs of your visit, books, railway related DVD’s, model railway stock, etc. can be found on Platform 2. This building is actually the old waiting room from the down platform at Barcombe Mills. (The original building was moved to the Bluebell Railway.)
The original Victorian signal box has been restored and is now a Grade II listed building. It is open to the public, where one can view the levers and other equipment used by the signalmen to ensure the safe passage of trains on the line. It also displays many photographs from the days of when the railway was part of the main national network.
Children’s play area
A children’s play area can be found by the station building and some visitors may be fascinated by the station’s original goods yard crane, cattle dock, coal office, goods yard, water tower, level crossing and the old type of level crossing gates, preserving and documenting the railway’s past, something which just isn’t seen on today’s modern railways. It is fair to say, this is a living museum.
Riley’s Miniature Railway will be operating both days and is located behind Platform 2. It is a fun, not for profit, five inch gauge miniature railway where 100% of fares and donations are sent to the Evelina Children’s Hospital, London.
If you visit, please ask about the heart-warming story behind the miniature railway’s conception. It is hoped at least two miniature steam locomotives will be in steam, possibly one other, including diesel outline locomotives.
The event will be open from 10am until 5pm on both days. The village of Isfield and the Railway Station (TN22 5XB) lies off the A26 midway between Lewes and Uckfield and is clearly signposted. The 29 bus service calls at Isfield and runs between Brighton and Tunbridge Wells.
Free shuttle bus service
There will be a free shuttle bus service (subject to availability) operating from Uckfield Station to the Lavender Line on both Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th. please check the website for further details.
In addition, to make a day of it while visiting, may we recommend having a little look around the village and perhaps visiting The Laughing Fish public house.
Updates and further details can be found on The Lavender Line’s website, the Lavender Line Facebook page and the Facebook page for Riley’s Miniature Railway (where details will be shared on what miniature locomotives will be operating on their little line).
If you cannot make this event, not to worry, the Lavender Line will be open every Sunday throughout the year, and additional Bank Holidays. Please check the website for further details.
01825 750515 (please leave a message with phone number)