22 December 2019
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Members of the Society can opt in to receive our Newsletters. One is weekly and is called ‘Halesworth Headshunt’ and is aimed mainly towards our active volunteers but any Member can opt in to receive it. It contains updates all our volunteering activities and other up to date news. In addition we have a quarterly Newsletter ‘Halesworth’s Happening’ which provides a summary of our activities over the last quarter together with a section about the history of the railway.
Here is a recent edition of Halesworth’s Happening’ and below that is an edition of ‘Halesworth Headshunt.’
14 December 2019
An out of the ordinary day for us on Tuesday 10 December. Two of our sleeper sponsors had told us that they wanted to lay and fit their own sleepers and so we made arrangements for them to come along and do just that. So at 11am HSNGRS members Jackie and Kevin Mouzer arrived and under supervision, laid and ballasted their sleepers. At 12 noon likewise Lee Hill and Stuart Reed. Our band of volunteers were there to supervise them and fetch the required ballast. The team then some adjustments along parts of the track, slewing and adjusting.where necessary. Apart from a little more track to be provided on the bridges, this section of relaid track on the old trackbed of the Southwold Railway at Halesworth is now complete. We thank all our sleeper sponsors for their support for this project. Without them we could not have got it done. Around 1 pm the weather deteriorated so we all retired to warmth of the Olive Cafe at Holton Garden Centre where we had our pre Christmas celebration. Tuesday workdays now cease until 6th January. There is one Sunday workday left before Christmas and that is this Sunday at our Workshop.
4 December 2019
Halesworth’s own loco No.2 ‘Halesworth’ in original Southwold Railway livery.
4 December 2019
The Society’s new van.
19 November 2019
The weather was kind today and we laid another 12 yards of track on the original trackbed at Bird’s Folly Halesworth, making 51 yards in total on this stretch. Many thanks to our hard working volunteers, Dave, Harry, Alan, Richard, Stewart, James and Ken.
23 October 2019
Another 6 yards panel of track, sleepers and ballast laid on 22 October 2019 by our dedicated and enthusiastic team of volunteers in accordance with full permission granted by and with the blessing of the Halesworth Millennium Green Trust (HMGT). We have now laid 1 1/2 chains (a form of measurement used by the original Southwold Railway) which equates to 33 yards. We have another chain (22 yards) to lay on this stretch plus a panel on Bridge No.2.
We deployed our permanent way trolley for the first time today and it proved very useful, as it helped us move sleepers and ballast up the lengthening line. It was a gift from our friends at the Mid-Suffolk Railway, who also kindly re-gauged it to our 3 foot gauge. Apart from a 6 yards panel of rails laid on the bridge in 2000 by HMGT as part of the Millennium celebrations, these are the first rails laid on this part of the Southwold Railway trackbed since 1941 when they were taken up and used as scrap by HM Government as part of the war effort.
If you wish to get regular updates of our work you can receive a weekly digital Newsletter called Halesworth Headshunt. This provides details of the work carried out by our volunteers and is supplemented by a quarterly digital Newsletter called Halesworth Happenings. This is a compendium of our activities over the previous 3 months together with other interesting material including an historical feature called Railway Reminiscences. These Newsletters are available only to members of our Society. Membership costs only £5 a year. Details of how to join us are contained in the Memberships/Donate section of this website in a tab on the top menu.
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16 June 2019
1 June 2019 – We have set up a track bed fund called the Halesworth Junction Track Fund for which we are inviting sponsorship. Details are in the below leaflet:
If you are interested in sponsoring a sleeper please go to our Shop Page
Work carried out by the Society at the loco shed in Bird’s Folly Halesworth
Work continues on our diesel hydraulic loco ‘Holton’
Members of the Society can receive all the latest news in our regular online newsletter “Halesworth Headshunt”.
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