The Project

Planning consent was granted in 2016 for a Visitor Centre, Railway and Nature Reserve on the old Gas Works site in Blyth Road, Southwold IP18 6AZ. The plan shows the Southwold Railway Steamworks project which includes a 144 square metre (1,550 square feet) Visitor Centre building with cafe, shop, toilets, museum and engine shed, plus 11 chains of three foot gauge track, including a run parallel and close to the site of the original track as it approached Southwold Station.  The project includes a 7¼ inch gauge miniature railway running around the site plus parking for cars and bicycles. Altogether there will be over a quarter mile of track, in two gauges, on the site which will be set in a landscaped Nature Reserve containing ponds, wild flower meadow and woodland.

On the 30th March 2017 the Trust completed the purchase of the site in Blyth Road. A purchase of this size means funds for developing the project are currently very low and our drive to get more money in goes on.

Artist’s impression – Steam Works Project

The Trust is continuing to issue Bonds (A Bond, in this context, does not represent stock, generate interest or become repayable, but is a Subscriber receipt acknowledging the subscription to the Southwold Railway) with a value of £50 per Bond as a means of sponsoring this Project. If you would be interested in the Bond scheme please either register that interest through or you can download the Bond Application form here. You also can help us make this project a reality by donating through Paypal: