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Suffolk Coastal District Council has postponed until mid September its decision on whether or not to approve an application by the Southwold Railway Trust to reopen a stretch of the original Southwold Railway at Wenhaston. The Trust has submitted an application to build a replica station, a visitor reception building and workshop on land close to the original Wenhaston station site. Plans also include the reopening of 22 chains of the original Southwold Railway trackbed running towards Blythburgh. Fundraising to purchase the site is ongoing, and supporters are invited to join the 22 Club to help get the project off the ground. In a parallel development the Southwold Railway Trust continues to assemble parts and drawings for a replica Sharp Stewart 2-4-0 3ft gauge loco “Blyth”. The trust now has the frames, some wheels, much steel plate, many drawings, a smokebox door and chimney. The next stage is to complete a rolling chassis, and to complete the boiler drawings. Supporters are invited to join the 2-4-0 club to help fund the loco build project.
Posted by Simon Pitcher on 2 September 2012
On behalf of Perrygrove Railway, Coleford, Gloucestershire, I would like to announce details of our forthcoming Gala weekend.
Five steam locos scheduled to be in service on our 1.5 mile round trip, including gradients of 1 in 30 and sharp bends:
Exmoor 0-6-0T “Spirit of Adventure”, built 1993
Heywood replica (built by James Waterfield) 0-6-0T “Ursula”, built 1999
Bush Mills Railway 0-4-0+0-4-0T Beyer Garratt, built 1990
Keef 2-6-2T “Lydia”, built 2008
Visiting loco from Kirklees Light Railway:
Taylor 2-6-2T “Fox”, built 1987
Diesel loco in use:
Lister autotruck 4wDM “Pylon”, first Gala since removal of body and repainting into green.
Intensive service on both days from 1040- approx 1645 including Vintage train running and demonstration goods trains.
Normal admission charges apply, which allow unlimited travel, subject to capacity:
Family (2ad +2ch) £21.00
Further details of the railway available at: http://www.perrygrove.co.uk/
Normal family attractions also available as usual, and our friendly, reasonably priced cafe will be open all day.
Satnav: enter GL16 8QB and follow brown tourist signs to our entrance
Saturday is also the Alan Keef Open Day in nearby Lea: http://www.alankeef.co.uk/index.html
More details as soon as I receive them.
All locos etc subject to availability.
Posted by Tim Hall on 9 September 2012