10 Nov Progress at Blythburgh Coal Shed (2)
Work continues and we have laid a siding next to the shed in exactly the same position as it was in the days of the railway, except that we could not extend it to its full length because we wanted to preserve the ash trees that have grown up on it. We have erected a Southwold Railway style sleeper at the end of the siding, The siding was used to push coal into the shed through the shed’s four louvres from a stationary wagon. We believe the coal was in bags and collected from the shed by local carriers and possibly local people too. We have found metal tags around the shed and these would have been attached to the bags. We also found evidence of the former siding while excavating it. By and large the ballast used on its construction was still in evidence.