Inside the signal box at The Lavender Line, Isfield, where there is a gala on Saturday and Sunday (October 6, and 7)

Lavender Line gala takes place this weekend

A miniature steam traction engine and classic car rally will be part of a gala this weekend at The Lavender Line, Isfield.

There will also be buses, vans, trucks, motorcycles and, of course, trains.

Riley’s Miniature Railway is expecting visiting locomotives and offering rides to children and adults. All the money raised in fares and donations goes to the Evelina Children’s Hospital, London.

The event will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, October 6, and 7.

Visitors will be able to all in at Cinders Buffet in the old station building for breakfast, a full range of cooked meals, light lunches, tea, coffee, cold drinks and cakes.

There is also a shop at The Lavender Line, in the old waiting room on the opposite platform, selling souvenirs of your visit, books, railway related DVDs, and model railway stock.

Other attractions include the original Victoria signal box which has been restored. In it you can see levers and other equipmnet used to ensure the safe passage of trains on the line.

Also in there are photographs from the days when the railway was part of the main national network and you could travel from Lewes to Uckfield. The line was closed in 1969.

There’s a children’s play park near the station building and some visitors willl be interested to see the station’s original goods yard crane, cattle dock, coal office and water tower, all preserved to document the railway’s past.

The Lavender Line, run by volunteers, is a standard gauge heritage railway which operates preserved steam and diesel locomotives and offers a two-mile round trip from the Victorian station at Isfield to Worth Halt in Little Horsted.

There are more details about the gala weekend on The Lavender Line’s website, Facebook page and on Riley’s Miniature Railway Facebook page, or by calling 07793 435428.

 

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