The first Board Meeting in the new Board Room/Archive. To be called The Alan Taylor Room. Left to right that’s Nick Evans, Maureen Ridgway, Ian Overton, Toby Robinson, Jon Chick, John Ridgway, John Handley and Peter Southgate. Picture taken by
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 our progress. Our latest venture is Southwold Railway Steamworks at Blyth Road, Southwold where you will find our office and shop. Our Trackbed Fund looks even further into the long-term future. Visit the History page to find out about the SR's 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 our exciting Heritage Train project. Peckett "Scaldwell" was donated to the Trust in 2016 and is undergoing restoration at Steamworks. You can also keep fully up-to-date with all the news on our Blog.
To achieve all this we need funds, of course! You can Donate towards a specific fund, like Southwold Railway Steamworks, 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 88 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.
Stewart installs some pond plants (fringe lilies and wild orchids) in the lake. We will deal with those plastic edges! Some interesting birds starting to take an interest. Was that a sparrow-hawk this morning? Robin paints the newly installed criss
John Handley and Stewart Green with the refurbished BVLR sign – many thanks Stewart! The BVLR at Steamworks will be open for rides from 14th July, every day except Wednesdays until 2nd September. Wednesdays will still be workdays during that
Top picture is the new BVLR “Flyer”. Well, 4 mph anyway. The first full passenger circuit, with 12 volunteers aboard, ran last week. Middle picture – Toby, Ian and John H sorting out the summer staffing roster in the Belgian