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Lavender Line marks ‘last train’ 50th anniversary

THE Lavender Line staged an event on February 23-24 commemorating the 50th anniversary of closure of the once-important through route from Lewes to Uckfield.

The line closed on February 23, 1969, the last train being Class 207 DEMU set No. 1316. 

The Lavender Line heritage railway operates a one-mile section, which has been re-laid northwards from Isfield station to Worth Halt. 

A current campaign is calling for the complete reopening of this line as a commuter route. 

The railway’s two DEMUs were in operation – BR green Class 205 set No. 1133, as seen here on February 24, and Class 205 set No. 1118 in BR blue. Picture: CHRIS LIVINGS

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