Isfield Station, East Sussex - 30th December 2003

Isfield Railway station is now the home of "The Lavender Line" and once was part of the former Lewes to Uckfield railway which opened on October 18th 1858.  The line north of Uckfield still has trains, but is a shadow of its former self.

Between 1859 and 1922 the line was operated by the London , Brighton and South Coast Railway and passed into the ownership of the Southern Railway in 1923. In 1948 it became part of the nationalised British Railways Southern Region .

In its heyday, the line saw extensive use by local, London, Tunbridge Wells and Dover services. However due to a combination of factors including the Beeching cuts and unsafe bridges on the approach to Lewes, the line was closed on 22nd February 1969.

Isfield station has been restored to early Southern Railways colours and looks very much as it would have done in the 1920's and 30's.

The line is named after the coal merchants who operated from Isfield station, A.E.Lavender and sons from Ringmer .

Here is a view of the station looking north - stuffed full of rolling stock!

Isfield Station, East Sussex, 30th December 2003 - MTC

Here are the remains of the level crossing - I doubt that trains will ever cross the road again here! There is an old photograph of the railway station in my post card album, which makes interesting comparison.

Level Crossing, Isfield Station, East Sussex, 30th December 2003 - MTC

Here is the station forecourt.

Forecourt, Isfield Station, East Sussex, 30th December 2003 - MTC

And finally one of the signal box, which is of similar design to the one in Uckfield.

Signal Box, Isfield Station, East Sussex, 30th December 2003 - MTC

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