• TTDA - Southwold Railway Steamworks - Driver and Train
  • TTDA - Southwold Railway Steamworks - Miniature Train

Southwold Railway Steamworks

This one-acre site is dedicated to the 3-foot gauge Southwold Railway that connected Southwold to Halesworth from 1879 to 1929.The Southwold Railway Trust are dedicated to preserving the memory of this special little railway and re-opening as much of the old route as they can. 

The Southwold Railway was a remarkable 3-foot narrow gauge line linking the fashionable Suffolk seaside resort of Southwold with the Great Eastern main line at Halesworth 8¾ miles inland. Opened in 1879, it gently wound its way towards the sea through the beautiful valley of the River Blyth, with intermediate stations at Wenhaston, Blythburgh and Walberswick. After almost 50 years the line closed suddenly in April 1929, but the Southwold Railway Trust are committed to restoring this historic narrow gauge railway link between Halesworth & Southwold; preserving it for future generations to enjoy. 

The Trust is collecting and building 3-foot gauge locos and rolling stock, a station and engine shed, with cafe and shop. You can also enjoy a 7¼ inch miniature steam railway which rides around the landscaped site! Perfect for enthusiasts young and old!

To achieve all of this they need funds of course! You can donate towards a specific fund, like Southwold Railway Steamworks, or simply to the Southwold Railway Trust. They are always grateful for support from volunteers who are able to offer skills and help in a variety of ways; so why not join today and become part of the action?

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact mail@southwoldrailway.co.uk. Help bring narrow gauge steam back to Suffolk after a gap of 88 years!

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