Another fine day at Wenhaston (we’ve been very lucky so far this winter – or perhaps I shouldn’t have said that), and our largest team – so far – of 10 volunteers cleared a horrible and intimidating tangle of bramble and ivy, finally breaking through to a clearer section. Substantial progress means that we have now [...]
The first Wenhaston working day was on Sunday 27th October 2013. There were seven volunteers onsite. We were very lucky with the weather, which was sunny, though wet underfoot.
Clearance was started along the top of the old trackbed embankment (for a footpath only, not the eventual full 3.5m loading gauge width). About 50 metres (about one eighth [...]
Sorry the Blog has been rather static of late, but I’ve just been waiting for news of the planning application, which should have been decided by mid July. Needless to say, it was first put back to mid-August and then mid-September – no further comment from me necessary!!! It is still almost impossible to make sense [...]
I, too, had inordinate difficulty. Why not email firstname.lastname@example.org fao. Steve Milligan (Case Officer) with your comments? I did this some time ago and included a gripe about how naff the website was, as well as the positive points of the scheme. I have tried complaining by email before and got absolutely nowhere! The new date for the committee to discuss the Wenhaston Project is now mid September, so there’s still time to register support. [...]
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 [...]