The Trust is privileged to have received a donation of much of the iconic Southwold Railway 4mm layout and stock created in the 1950s and 60s by Rev. Teddy Boston. His nephew – Rev. Jonathan Boston – has passed on these pioneering models, which we hope to display in public in due course. One of the locos – No.1 SOUTHWOLD – will be making a guest appearance at the Royston Model Railway Club Show at  the Meridian School, Royston on Saturday November 19th when it will be running on Stewart Green’s own SOUTHWOLD (1922) model along with its modern counterparts.

3 thoughts on “Teddy Boston’s SR model archive

  • 27th October 2011 at 11:57 am

    I well remember when I worked in Diss Teddy turning up to proudly show me a coach which he had just made to run on his Southwold layout. I stayed at Cadeby Rectory a few occasions in the 1970’s but by then the Southwold layout was surrounded by a very large standard Gauge layout so it was impossible to examine the Southwold layout closely. I last saw Teddy when he visited Southwold for the 1979 centenary exhibition put on by Barrett Jenkins and David Lee with some input by me.
    Alan Taylor

  • 24th May 2012 at 2:24 am

    I remember that layout too, in the ’70s & 80’s, largely engulfed by his vast GWR layout. I had no idea it was a Southwold model, I just assumed it was freelance. But I was only a kid!

  • 23rd October 2012 at 1:26 am

    I knew Teddy Boston very well, and the main part of the layout in later years was GWR but with the Southwold line in the centre. The GWR line and the full size two foot line in the rectory grounds took up much of Teddy’s time and the SR layout tended to be neglected and to suffer from Aveling and Porter, who were Teddy’s two cats. They sometimes derailed GWR trains and the SR trains also encountered these gigantic rivals. Whenever I visited Cadeby, I would usually spend a few minutes rerailing the stock after one or other Moggy had visited Southwold! I can claim to be an expert on rerailing SR engines, albeit small ones!

    Many of you will know the light AIlsa Green livery on the IMR. That was due to Teddy. He knew Sir Philip Wombwell Bt, the manager under Lord Ailsa and bought one of the GEM kits. Instead of painting it Indian Red, he used some Woolworth’s SPRING GREEN and showed the model to Philip who fell for it! Teddy’s model was the first Ailsa Green engine! Later on he gave it to me! Perhaps some day we might bring the first Ailsa Green engine along to meet its Southwold cousins again!

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