The Southwold Railway Trust has completed the purchase of 31 acres of pasture land in Wenhaston! Along the southern edge of the site is the trackbed of the original Southwold Railway. We hope that in the near future it will be possible to relay track on a quarter of mile of the trackbed and to create a [...]
Our new chimney for BLYTH inspected at Pegg’s of Aldeburgh on Friday 30th November – a most impressive piece of engineering.
The wagon chassis has also been made wider to 3′ gauge and both items will be returned to our shed in due course.
Pegg’s have been terrific throughout and are currently having a look at [...]
The stripped 4-wheel ex-WD chassis loaded on a lorry on its way to Coastground of Yarmouth, where it is to be grit-blasted and primed – along with the wheelsets, coupling assemblies, brake gear and springs. After this it will travel to Peggs of Aldeburgh to be cut up (ready for re-assembly at our workshop) into its [...]
The Southwold Railway Trust has taken delivery of two historic items of rolling stock from the Isle of Man – Manx Northern Railway Coach number 3 built in 1879 and the frames of steam locomotive No.7 Tynwald built in 1880.
The coach and locomotive frames are privately owned by the Isle of Man Railway & Tramway Preservation [...]
Just to keep our readers up-to-date: the planning application deadline has been deferred until September 12th. If you haven’t yet registered your online support there’s still time to go to the Suffolk Coastal Distric Council website and follow the links; the application reference number is C/12/0689.
We also still have some way to go to reach our target and [...]
With the restoration team now meeting on a regular basis at our shed at Duncan’s Yard, work has started in earnest on the ex-War Department 2’6″ gauge 4-wheeled chassis. Since this photo the chassis has been turned through 90 degrees for accessibility, with much of the brake gear being removed and protected with red oxide [...]
The Southwold Railway Trust has submitted a planning application to build a replica station at Wenhaston, a maintenance and visitor building, car park and landscaping. None of this can happen unless the SRT secures ownership of the land. With other bidders looking at the site we need to act now or the chance will be lost. [...]
Hidden trackbed delights…
On 9th March our civil engineering designer David Negus introduced John Goldsmith (Aurum Ecology) and your friendly blogmaster, Stewart Green, to the proposed site of our Wenhaston Station Heritage Centre. John will be doing a wildlife impact report for our planning application later this year and the site looked really impressive in the [...]
Welcome to our tram!
Well, here we all are sitting in Southwold in a tram carriage all the way from Belgium via County Donegal! Expertly delivered by Frank Gillespie (2nd left) SRT members (clockwise from L) Maureen Ridgway, Jim Nicholson, Tim Heaps, Mark Evershed, John Bennett and Stewart Green pose inside ‘Our’ carriage, with member John [...]
Southwold Railway Heritage Project model
We were delighted to be able to present our plans for reinstating part of the Southwold Railway adjacent to the original station site at Wenhaston recently. There was much positive feedback from local residents and we have been able to address some of the issues raised at the meeting and tweak [...]