Community Rail Week is taking place across Britain from 19 – 27 May inclusive. As your local railway, the East Suffolk Line has organised a number of events. You are invited to take part in the many activities, from guided walks, to special museum entry offers, station floral displays, and even an open weekend at Darsham Station.
Long Shop Museum at Leiston is offering discounted entry on production of a rail ticket for Community Rail Week 19 to 27 May. The special two-for-one rate will allow museum entry for £2 rather than the regular rate of £4.50 See exhibitions from Garretts and public transport including the local railway and trolley buses, and the progress being made with the restoration of Sirapite, the former Garrett Works shunting loco built by Aveling and Porter in 1906. Visitors on 24/25 May can witness our Victorian Apprentice Days when local school children re-enact a typical day at Garretts in 1871.
East Anglia Transport Museum at Carlton Colville will offer concessionary entry rate for anyone presenting a valid rail ticket; this gives a reduction from £6.00 to £5.00 for adults. During Community Rail Week the East Anglia Transport Museum is open on Sundays 20 & 27 May from 11am-5pm, and on Thursday 24 May from 2-5pm. Last admission one hour before closing.
Four Guided Walks will take place over the course of the week. The walks are taken directly from the East Suffolk Line Walks Booklet which is available free from staffed rail stations, Tourist Information Centres, local Suffolk libraries and many other outlets along the East Suffolk Line. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear, and bear in mind that participation in the walks is entirely at your own risk.
Community Rail Week Guided Walks
Alde Valley – Saturday 19 May, Wickham Market to Saxmundham; starts from Wickham Market station at 9.55am on arrival of 8.58 train from Lowestoft or 9.02 train from Ipswich. 10½ miles.
Deben Valley – Sunday 20 May Wickham Market to Melton, starts from Wickham Market station at 12.19 on arrival of the 11.50 from Ipswich.
Easterling – Wednesday 23 May, Oulton Broad South to Lowestoft, starts from OBS at 10.25 on arrival of the train from London and Ipswich.
Wolfpack – Saturday 26 May, Brampton to Halesworth, starts from Brampton station at 10.05am on arrival of 9.02 train from Ipswich or 8.58 from Lowestoft.
East Suffolk Line Floral Displays 2007 – East Suffolk Line station adopters have worked very hard for this year’s event. Enjoy the many different floral displays to be launched at stations along the line.
Open Weekend at Darsham Station – 26 & 27 May, featuring the Hackney based performance group Dakrobi Arts, tours of the station and facilities.
New Rover Ticket – The new ‘one’ Day Explorer ticket will be on offer starting 19 May and is a great way to see all that is happening during Community Rail Week.
Note: All events are subject to outside circumstances, although we will try our best to deliver them as published.