Apologies to our regular readers: our usual blogger has been out of action with flu. And everyone else is far too busy working on SRT projects to write about them! Large gangs of volunteers have continued to devote their time,
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, Southwold Railway Steamworks; 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, like Southwold Station, or simply to the SR Trust. We are always grateful for support from volunteers who are able to offer skills and help in a variety of ways; so why not join today and become part of the action? If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org. Help us bring narrow gauge steam back to Suffolk after a gap of 87 years!
Join Us Now!
Joining the SRT is a good way to help us rebuild the Southwold Railway and keep you informed about all the latest developments.
Southwold Railway Steamworks
Southwold Railway Steamworks will be the first tangible sign of the re-emergence of the Southwold Railway and is key to its future development. This will allow us to build and showcase Blyth and the Heritage Train. The first stage in this project is the purchase of the land.
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.
On Wednesday 11th January, our largest team for several months was not put off by having to do some paperwork and safety instruction before starting work: as the Trust’s activities grow in size and number, there is inevitably more formality
The Trust confidentially expects 2017 to be the breakthrough year to begin the restoration of the Southwold Railway. 2016 was a mixed year, with another disappointment at Wenhaston on the planning front well balanced by the receipt of our first
The Southwold Railway Trust received its first Award on Wednesday, December 8th. At the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in Threadneedle Street, London, the Trust’s volunteers were awarded a “Highly Commended” rating for the restoration of original SR trackside fencing at Wenhaston,