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 register that interest through or you can always help us make this project a reality by donating through Paypal: