Last Updated 30th August, 2011

Outside

As my line is based on the Southwold Railway, the three stations and the bridge follow the route of the original line from Southwold to Blythburgh. Due to lack of space I'm ignoring the harbour branch.

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Southwold

Southwold station

The main terminus on the original line, this station forms the start of my line in the garden. In order to provide continuous running for my live steam locomotives the station is on one side of a 10 foot diameter loop. Click on the photo to find out more about my model.

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Bridge

Swing Bridge  photo taken sometime between 1906 and 1914

Having crossed the common, the original line spanned the river Blyth across the inner part of Southwold harbour on a swing bridge. I've modelled this using steel, connected with 6ba nuts and bolts. The swinging span would be about 2.3m long if true to scale, my model is a mere 1.8 long but does convey the impression. Click on the photo to find out more about my model.

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Walberswick

Walberswick Station  photo taken during the early 1890's

Walberswick station opened a few years after the line opened. Unfortunately for the local inhabitants it stood mile from the village centre.Click on the photo to find out more about my model.

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Blythburgh

Blythburgh Station  photo taken sometime around 1890

This station marked the halfway point of the original line and was where the train staff was exchanged. This is as far as the line goes in my garden. As with Southwold, Blythburgh station is located on one side of a 10 foot diameter return loop.Click on the photo to find out more about my model.

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Construction

Track

A mix of Aristo-craft and Peco 45mm gauge track have been used throughout my line, this is over scale but very tough. The Aristo-craft fixed radius track provides a constant curve for the turning loops at each end of the line.

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