This is a national event, and takes place this year from 19 – 27 May inclusive. The East Suffolk Line will be organising a number of events, and will be involved in others.
Building on the success of the East Suffolk Line Walks, there will be a programme of guided walks. This will cover at least three of the routes in the book, and will allow people to sample some of the superb scenery and variety of landscape that East Suffolk has to offer. Walks will include the Alde Valley (Wickham Market station to Saxmundham), Wolfpack (Brampton to Halesworth) and Easterling (Oulton Broad South to Lowestoft), and possibly more. The current edition of the walks book – available free from Tourist Information Centres, staffed rail stations, local Suffolk libraries and many other outlets along the line – has proved so popular that a revised version is already under way. If you have trouble finding a copy we apologise – the new edition will be out very soon.
We hope to be able to offer discounted entry to leading museums to rail ticket holders, and will also be launching the 2007 East Suffolk Floral Displays. East Suffolk Line station adopters have worked very hard for several years to brighten up their local stations, and many passengers have said how much they appreciate the hard work that goes into the displays.
In 2006 the flower tubs at Woodbridge station helped the town to a superb Silver Gilt Award in the Anglia in Bloom contest – and they hope to do even better this year. Also in 2006 Lowestoft station saw new tubs and hanging baskets which were lovingly tended by station staff, and were much appreciated.
Broadland Holiday Village at Oulton Broad South made a start on providing flower beds on the old platform, using old sleepers. In 2007 they aim to do the same on the existing passenger platform. Take a ride along the line and see what people are doing!
There will be other events during Community Rail Week – we will publicise them on this site, on the trains and in the media. Keep a look out for some bargain fares which will allow you to visit some of the other ‘one’ Railway Community Rail Lines.