What We’ve Achieved

A community-led project

  • The Society is relatively new (founded in April 2018), but has already created a great deal of local and national interest
  • Many members (who are mainly based in Halesworth) attended our first formal meeting on 20 October 2018 at the Angel Hotel, Halesworth, and were all very positive about our achievements and aims:  membership is steadily increasing
  • Founder members include those with extensive experience of the heritage railway movement, with legal experience, a railway historian, a Health and Safety/Rule Book expert, and a steam loco engineer
  • We have a good relationship with the Halesworth Millennium Green, who own land on which many of the best railway artefacts are based. (Note that there are no current plans to rebuild a working railway on HMG land).  Society Volunteers, working through Summer and Autumn, have already re-laid the heavy longitudinal timbers each side of the 1914 locomotive shed inspection pit, and the first three-foot-gauge rails to be seen there since 1941 are now spiked down
  • We have good connections with many other local groups and organisations including the Halesworth Tourism Group, the East Suffolk Line Community Partnership, the East Suffolk Travellers’ Association, U3A and Halesworth Library
  • An ex-Channel Tunnel Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive – RFS Works No. RS 106 of 1989 – was purchased in September 2018 by two members of the Society from Alan Keef  Ltd of Ross-on-Wye and is currently being restored
  • In November 2018 a former Royal Naval wagon, destined to be re-gauged to 3 foot gauge, and a historic three-foot-gauge Hudson tipper wagon, both arrived at our workshop
  • Society members own the enamel Halesworth Station name-board, an original sleeper from the 1914-built Southwold Harbour Line (kindly donated by the Harbourmaster), genuine original narrow gauge railway paperwork such as timetables and the 1879 Southwold Railway Regulations
  • 16 June 2019 We have been in existence for 14 months and thought we would list our achievements in that time
  • HSNGR Achievements list June 2019