SITE FOR SOUTHWOLD STEAM WORKS MU­SEUM PUR­CHASED

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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.

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