The Project

Planning consent was granted earlier this year 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 some 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 about a quarter mile of track on the site which will be set in a landscaped Nature Reserve containing ponds, wild flower meadow and woodland.

This Project needs an initial £125,000 which includes land purchase and first phase of the development. The Trust will contribute £50,000 and members generosity means this Project is close to becoming a reality.

The Trust is issuing 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. Depending on the number of Bonds you sponsor there are differing levels of benefits. 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: