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IN 1978 local resident, David Lee,

began researching

Southwold Railway - Gone But Not Dead Rob Shorland-Ball

because, the

Southwold Railway. Now, four decades later, at 97 years-old, his dedication has produced the definitive story of this unique,

narrow-gauge line:

The Southwold Railway 1879 – 1929: The tale of a Suffolk byway. The book was put together by railway historian and Southwoldophile


Shorland-Ball using Mr Lee’s work plus input from his own knowledge of the Railway and

material the supplied by

the late Alan Taylor. Mr Lee comments, “I’ve always wanted to produce a definitive work on


Railway and I’m grateful to Rob for helping to make my ambition come true. Better late than never I always say!” He even remembers travelling on the Railway in the 1920s as a small boy, recalling that,


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publication fascinating, tells a well-illustrated

story of a Railway which opened in 1879 despite opposition from the mainline railway operators. Perhaps they were influenced by a local Rector who was opposed



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“offering facilities

for travel on a Sunday will exert a prejudicial effect on the travellers' morals.”

The origin of its unusual three-foot gauge was a recommendation by Arthur C Pain, the Company engineer, to keep costs down. Indeed, cost-cutting became endemic due to the small profits the Railway made throughout its lifetime.

a London head office; a lot of important local

Another issue was having contacts

and goodwill were sacrificed by this. Also, operationally it made things difficult because communications


Suffolk and London were all by post until station-to-station telephones were installed in 1899.

Nevertheless, for 50 years

the Southwold Railway provided a regular service for goods and passengers. There were plenty of holidaymakers taking

the 8-mile trip to

Southwold from Halesworth, en route to their seaside holidays. As the main line train left Halesworth station, passengers crossed over a footbridge to the narrow-gauge Southwold Railway; the bustle of modern day was replaced by

a slower-paced world. Porters loaded the luggage, everyone boarded the train and, with a 'toot' from the engine's whistle, the

train moved off for its 40-minute journey.

For many passengers the best

part of the trip was between Blythburgh and Walberswick, where herons could be seen fishing in the shallows, as well as ubiquitous coots, moorhens and unfamiliar species of duck. Closed in 1929, the line lay dormant until the WWII’s need for scrap brought demolition in 1941. However, most of the track-bed remained and there were occasional proposals to re-create the Railway. Today, 90 years after

organisations are working together rebirth:

to encourage the Southwold

Railway Trust, and inland the Halesworth to Southwold Narrow Gauge Society. To launch the book, Rob Shorland-Ball (joined by Mr Lee) will give illustrated talks in Southwold and Halesworth on April 10th and 11th respectively, with signed copies available. Talks - Southwold Railway

– The tale of a Suffolk byway. Wednesday 10th April Southwold Railway Trust

closure, two that

is hosting an illustrated talk by Rob Shorland-Ball at two venues/times on the history of this unique narrow-gauge branch line that was part of East Suffolk’s social history for 50 years. SteamWorks, Southwold, IP18 6AZ at 2.30pm Electric

Picture Palace,

Southwold, IP18 6AN at 7pm. Admission free with a retiring collection. Thursday 11th April. The

is hosting Rob Shorland- Ball’s illustrated the

narrow-gauge branch line that

history joined

Halesworth to

the coast. United Reformed Church, Halesworth, IP19 8EP at 7.30pm. Admission £4; museum friends £2. Tuesday 9th April: Meet the author & book signing of ‘The Southwold Railway 1879 – 1929: The tale of a Suffolk byway’ Rob Shorland-Ball will be at Halesworth Library, 11am – 1pm. Please purchase books from Halesworth Bookshop, 42 Thoroughfare and bring to the library for signing.

of this unique

Halesworth Museum talk






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