The Southwold Railway Trust will be opening its land at Blyford Lane Wenhaston to the public on Saturday June 18th, and Sunday June 19th, between 10.00 and 16.00 each day. Visitors are invited to meet our volunteers, to see how
Committed to restoring the historic narrow gauge railway link between Halesworth & Southwold; preserving it for future generations to enjoy.
The Southwold Railway was a remarkable 3 foot narrow gauge line linking the fashionable Suffolk seaside resort of Southwold with the Great Eastern main line at Halesworth 8¾ miles inland. Opened in 1879, it gently wound its way towards the sea through the beautiful valley of the River Blyth, with intermediate stations at Wenhaston, Blythburgh and Walberswick. After almost 50 years the line closed suddenly in April 1929, and we at the Southwold Railway Trust are dedicated to preserving the memory of this special little railway and re-opening as much of the old route as we can. As can be seen from this film parts of the trackbed are still in good condition.
Investigate our Wenhaston Project page to find out more about these plans and our latest venture at Blyth Road; while our Trackbed Fund looks even further into the long-term future. Go to the History page to find out about its past, and visit our Galleries to see pictures of the line; past & present. The Trust Projects page will keep you abreast of the progress on building a replica of locomotive No. 3 BLYTH and its exciting Heritage Train project, while you can keep fully up-to-date with all the news on our Blog. Don't forget to visit our Shop page too, where you will find a tempting selection of cards, books, DVDs and other gifts.
To achieve all this we need funds, of course! You can Donate towards a specific fund or simply to the SR Trust. Our members will soon have access their very own designated Volunteers’ page to offer skills and support in a variety of ways; so why not join today and become part of the action? Help us bring narrow gauge steam back to Suffolk after a gap of 87 years!
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Joining the SRT is a good way to help us rebuild the Southwold Railway and keep you informed about all the latest developments.
The Southwold Railway Trust has just launched a new project – to set up a Trackbed Purchase Fund to be held by the Trust for immediate use in case any section of trackbed becomes available either for sale or lease.
The Railway Blog
The Railway Blog records the details of all of our work to restore the Southwold Railway. We have been keeping this blog since May 2010. If you let us have your name and email address we will email when a new blog item is posted.
With the good weather, it has been particularly enjoyable to be working for the Trust over the past few weeks (or so we tell the volunteers!). There have been a lot of landmarks. The hard, long and tiring job of
After the terrible conditions of the last machine hire week, when the Trust returned the digger and dumper to Harford Plant Hire (a very supportive firm) in a pretty sad condition, we have had a much better and more constructive
The Trust’s Application for Planning Permission to build a workshop open to the public at Blyth Road Southwold was approved on Tuesday May 17th, by Waveney District Council. There are, however, a number of quite onerous conditions, which are to