Steam set to return to Southwold after 75 years

SOUTHWOLD Railway revivalists are set to bring their first 3ft gauge steam locomotive to the legendary line.

In storage at Amberley Museum, in Sussex, Scaldwell is now looking forward to a new life in Suffolk. SRT

All of the original Sharp Stewart locomotives which ran on the Suffolk railway were scrapped in 1941 for the war effort, 12 years after the last trains from Halesworth to Southwold ran. Because of takeover attempts by local people, historians have said that the Southwold Railway, not the Talyllyn 22 years later, nearly became the world’s first heritage railway saved and operated by volunteers.

Now the Southwold Railway Trust has been offered Peckett 0-6-0ST No. 1316 of 1913 Scaldwell by Amberley Museum.

The locomotive was built at Atlas works, Bristol, to 3ft gauge, rare on the UK mainland, for the Lamport Ironstone Company in Northamptonshire. It is more powerful than the original Southwold engines.

Read more in Issue 223 of Heritage Railway

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