SITE FOR SOUTHWOLD STEAM WORKS MUSEUM PURCHASED
The Southwold Railway Trust completed the purchase of the former gas works site on Blythe Road, Southwold, in March. It is located alongside the former 3ft gauge railway’s trackbed, 500 yards from its terminus. In February 2016, Waveney District Council gave the trust planning permission to develop it as a steam museum, which the trust intends to call ‘Steam Works’. Features on the one-acre site will include a 3ft gauge demonstration line, a 7¼in gauge miniature railway and a two-road engine shed and visitor centre. The development must be started within three years of the award of planning consent. Access via an unadopted, unmade road, registered as a footpath, has led to a restriction being placed on when it may open, to 200 days a year. The trust wishes to use the development to raise funds in pursuit of its ambitions, to reinstate all or part of the Southwold Railway. At present, motive power for the 3ft gauge demonstration line comprises former Staveley Minerals Peckett 0-6-0ST Scaldwell, obtained from Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre last year, which the trust aims to restore to working order. The trust also hopes to complete the construction of two 3ft gauge goods vehicles, a wagon and a van.