Southwold Narrow Gauge Railway (Opened 1879, Closed 1929)

1929 , Southwold (Suffolk)

The Southwold to Halesworth Narrow Gauge Railway.

A locally made film of the Southwold to Halesworth narrow-gauge railway. The film opens with shots of Halesworth L.N.E.R. station with the Southwold Railway platform running alongside. A Southwold Railway engine is shown pulling in. The train carries a mixed load of passenger carriages and goods wagons. The scene moves to Southwold. The Station Master at Southwold, Mr. Bert Girling, is shown along with interior shots of the passenger carriages. The station motor bus is shown along with busy scenes on the platform, including goods being unloaded on to a horse and cart.

Featured Buildings

Halesworth L.N.E.R. Station; Southwold Station

Featured Events

The closure of the Southwold Railway

Keywords

Rail transport; Southwold Railway

Background Information

The Southwold Railway was a narrow-gauge line, only three feet wide. It ran on light metals between Southwold and Halesworth, with stations at Walberswick, Blythburgh and Wenhaston. Trains had a maximum speed of 16 mph. A local, family concern, the train had been known to wait for regular passengers. Comic postcards were available showing passengers picking flowers. It was this humour that Gaumont Mirror picked up on when they filmed the railway before its closure in 1929. However, from them it sounded patronising. (See: Southwold, Suffolk, 1929, A Railway that is A Real Joke.) When it closed, the Southwold Railway had 30 employees; all received a fortnight's notice. The Southwold Railway lay derelict for over ten years. Truck and other rolling stock remained as they were after the last train at 5.23 pm on 11 the April, 1929. As a statutory company, it required an Act of Parliament to dissolve it. This cost more money than anyone could find. The rolling stock went for scrap metal during World War II and soldiers tore up the track for defence work. The Bridge was blown up. Nothing remains of the railway now. Halesworth Station was G.E.R. station but was closed and the station site is now overgrown. The railway closed in April, 1929 - through competition with motor buses.

Manifestations

Southwold Narrow Gauge Railway (Opened 1879, Closed 1929)

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    Duration
    0:02:05
    Modification Date
    16/10/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    731977
  • Barcode
    INV376335
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:02:05
    Modification Date
    16/10/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    731976
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    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
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    Duration
    0:02:05
    Modification Date
    16/10/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    731973
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    Duration
    0:01:20
    Modification Date
    10/05/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    710754
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    Canonical Title
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    Carrier Type
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    Dimension
    Duration
    0:01:22
    Modification Date
    14/09/2010
    Parts
    Reference
    691572
  • Barcode
    INV255062
    Canonical Identifier
    VP-85
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Duration
    0:02:00
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    25/06/2021
    Parts
    Reference
    562887
  • Barcode
    INV276854
    Canonical Identifier
    B-65
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Details
    Carrier Type
    16mm film
    Colour Type
    bw
    Has Sound
    N
    Identifier
    Image Polarity
    negative
    Modification Date
    25/06/2021
    Parts
    Reference
    562722
    Sound
    silent
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV234834
    Canonical Identifier
    A-810
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Details
    Carrier Type
    16mm film
    Colour Type
    bw
    Identifier
    Image Polarity
    negative
    Modification Date
    25/06/2021
    Parts
    Reference
    560766

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