19 Oct October 2019 Update
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.
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