TM4774 : Trackbed of the former Southwold Railway line

taken 7 years ago, near to Blythburgh, Suffolk, Great Britain

Trackbed of the former Southwold Railway line
Trackbed of the former Southwold Railway line
Sections of the dismantled trackbed now serve as a public bridleway, some leading through Walberswick National Nature Reserve. In the 1850s the railway line closest to the busy seaside resort of Southwold was located 9 miles distant and the once-daily horse-drawn omnibus service was unable to cope with the increase in traffic, the Southwold Railway Company was formed. The 3foot gauge single track line was 8.75 miles (15 kilometres) long and ran from Southwold station to Walberswick station, via Southwold Common and marshes, and through a cutting and across the River Blyth on a swing bridge from there. It continued through the heath and the Herony area onwards to Blythburgh station which used to be situated near the White Hart public house. From here the line followed the river Blyth to Wenhaston station which had the only set of public level crossing gates on the line. The remaining section to Halesworth station ran past Wenhaston mill where there was a siding as well as a quarry and engine shed. From Wenhaston it followed the East Suffolk main line before crossing a girder bridge into the station which was situated next to the GER/LNER main line station and connected with it by means of a girder bridge. The line was profitable until up to 1925 when passenger traffic started to be taken over by bus services. The line was closed in April 1929. For more information read: LinkExternal link

Formerly used by the military, Walberswick National Nature Reserve is one of the most diverse sites in the UK, with an internationally important and unique grouping of habitats in a small area. These include reedbeds, heath and grassland, grazing marshes, woodland, shingle, saline lagoons and the mudflats and saltmarshes of the Blyth estuary. The dismantled trackbed of the (narrow gauge) Southwold Railway traverses part of it.
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TM4774, 38 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 23 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 24 June, 2010
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Railway (dismantled)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 470 748 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:18.9411N 1:37.3621E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 470 748
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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