Proposed railway attraction, close to our holiday lodges

The rural Victorian rail line once linked Southwold with Halesworth in Suffolk but closed more than 80 years ago, and a new tourist attraction has been proposed, that will be close to our holiday lodges in Suffolk.

Southwold Railway Trust said it wants to “recreate the character of the line” by building an engine shed, visitors’ centre and track at the Blyth Road site.

James Hewett, the chairman of the trust, said: “We will be providing a small tourist attraction with a nature reserve with a miniature railway going around it.

“You’ll also be able to see our people working on our rolling stock – the heritage train we are building.” Hewett went on to say that the trust wanted to reopen the line, which ran from 1879 to 1929, but this tourist attraction was a separate plan.

The Victorian railway line was a 3ft narrow gauge line which linked Southwold and the sea with Halesworth on the main Great Eastern line. The line is remembered for the chimney steam engines and six-wheeled coaches.

The financial depression after World War One caused the decline in the fortunes of the line, leading to its closure.

The District Council will be considering the application.

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Photo by Hugh Llewelyn