The Suffolk Coast
  • Southwold Railway Trust
  • Southwold Railway Trust Restored Ex Belgian Tramcar
  • Southwold Railway Trust Volunteers at work

Southwold Railway Trust

The Southwold Railway Trust is dedicated to preserving the memory of this special little railway and re-opening as much of the old route as they can.

For a fifty year period The Southwold Railway linked the seaside town to nearby Halesworth and the main Great Eastern line. If you were a resident of Southwold in the late 19th and early 20th century, the sight of steam billowing above the trees and the shrill shriek of a train whistle would have been common.

The line was a three foot narrow gauge line and it ran through the beautiful Suffolk countryside, stopping at Wenhaston, Blythburgh and Walberswick on the way. It was never a fast experience – with a 16 mph speed limit it was quicker to cycle the route! – but it was an important part of local life, carrying thousands of passengers and tons of freight between the two towns. However, the line met its end in 1929, unable to cope with the decline of the fishing trade or to compete with the new motorbus service that had started only three years previously.

The Southwold Railway Trust’s ultimate aim is to bring narrow gauge railway back to The Suffolk Coast. They are aiming to construct a replica station at Wenhaston, along with a visitor centre and 22 chains of the original Southwold Railway track bed. Another project that they’re undertaking is building a replica of 1879 Sharp Stewart 2­4­0T locomotive No 3 ‘Blyth’. Both schemes are well underway thanks to the hard work of volunteers and the generosity of local people.

As well as these projects, the Southwold Railway Trust run special events throughout the year, open days, exhibitions and model railway shows. You can also buy books, dvds, cards and other gifts with a Southwold Railway theme from their online store, or call into their shop on Southwold High Street which contains a full-sized railway carriage!
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Southwold Railway Trust