The Southwold Railway 1879 - 1929

Illustration of the engine 'Blyth', by Stewart Green

Welcome to
the Southwold Railway Trust.

The Southwold Railway opened in 1879 and closed in 1929. It was a 3 foot narrow gauge line that linked Southwold and the sea with Halesworth on the main Great Eastern line 9 miles away. It wound through gentle, but very beautiful countryside following the River Blyth with three intermediate stations at Wenhaston, Blythburgh and Walberswick.

The SR Trust is dedicated to preserving the memory of this special little railway and re-opening as much of the old route as we can. In December 2012 Suffolk Coastal District Council rejected our Planning Application to build a replica station and visitor centre near the original site of Wenhaston Station. Following consultation with the planning authorities, local residents and our own members, a revised, scaled down proposal was submitted in April 2013. Go to our Wenhaston Project pages to see more about these revised plans and our appeal for funds to purchase the site.

Go to the History page to find out about its past, see Photos of the line today.
Keep up with our plans for the building of a replica of locomotive No. 3 "Blyth" on the 2-4-0 Club pages or read our Blog to investigate recent happenings.

New for 2013 are our Southwold Railway Tours on selected days in July and August. Travel in style in our 1950s coach "Olive" through the scenic Blyth valley, exploring surviving parts of the track bed, visiting the station sites along the route and concluding with a nostalgic look at old film of the line in Southwold's world famous "Electric Picture Palace". You can book your seats for these tours via our Shop page, where you can also purchase a fine selection of cards, books and gifts.

Members of the Southwold Railway Trust can access the Volunteers page to offer the skills in a variety of ways, so why not Join the Southwold Railway Trust online and help us in our efforts to bring narrow gauge steam back to Suffolk after a gap of 83 years!

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