max temp: 7°C

min temp: 4°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Leiston: Engineers Arms pub sale could provide vital land for steam railway’s revival

19:30 27 January 2014

Leiston Works Railway acting chairman, Colin Fisher, presents co chairman of Bright Sparks, Sarah Whiting, with their "sponsor a sleeper" certificate

Leiston Works Railway acting chairman, Colin Fisher, presents co chairman of Bright Sparks, Sarah Whiting, with their "sponsor a sleeper" certificate


Organisers of a heritage railway project have had their hopes raised that a vital strip of land for the restored track can be obtained.


The Leiston Works Railway – which wants to run a live steam railway between Buller Road and Main Street in Leiston – is in negotiations with an entrepreneur who wants to buy a closed-down pub.

So far the LWR has purchased and cleared the track between Buller Road and the garden of the Engineers Arms, and also raised enough money to lay sleepers and track on that section.

But the 150 yards of land alongside the Engineers Arms is crucial to completing the project and linking with the Long Shop Museum.

When the pub suddenly closed down last year it was registered as a community asset, giving people or groups six months to come up with a business plan and bid for the site.

LWR chairman Colin Fisher said the six months was due to expire on March 7 when Adnams, the owner of the pub, could accept commercial bids for the property.

He said: “We have made phenomenal progress with this project in the past two years and we have had enormous interest from all over the country.

“We are in the position of being able to go ahead with installing the rails and sleepers, which are already paid for.”

The next objective was to cross the tarmac at the Engineers Arms.

While there had been no community bid made so far, the LWR was aware of commercial interest in the pub site.

One person, who lives abroad, had come forward with a bid for the building with a plan to reopen it as a community pub and was open to working with a Community Interest Company or another community group on the project. He was also sympathetic to the railway project and wanted to help.

Mr Fisher said: “He fully supports our objective of putting the track over the tarmac and garden area.

“We won’t know the full outcome until March when the moratorium expires for the community asset listing, but we believe this project is doable and could be very beneficial for Leiston. The support has been overwhelming.”



The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne delivers his joint Autumn Statement and Spending Review. Photo: PA Wire

Chancellor George Osborne said councils could put up council tax bills by an extra 2% if the increase was reserved to cover social care costs as he delivered his Autumn Statement today..

Kieron Dyer on I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! 2015. Photo:  ITV/PA Wire

Former Ipswich Town midfielder Kieron Dyer shocked fans tonight when he quit ITV programme I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here’, before making a U-turn decision.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne delivers his joint Autumn Statement and Spending Review to MPs in the House of Commons, London. PA Wire

Families receiving tax credits and bobbies on the beat were given a reprieve as the chancellor moved to quieten his critics with an unexpected cuts U-turn.

Two people were taken to Colchester General Hospital for further treatment

An elderly man had to be freed from his vehicle by fire crews in Wix, near Manningtree, this evening after a collision on the A120.

Don't leave it til the day before, start preparing your Christmas treats now

Does the mention of Christmas bring you out in a cold sweat? All that shopping, cooking and cleaning.

Ipswich council leader David Ellesmere at the former sugar beet factory site off Sproughton Road.

A new Enterprize Zone involving 10 development sites across East Anglia, with the potential to create 18,500 jobs, was announced by Chancellor George Osborne today.

Nick Alston, Essex Police and Crime Commissioner, pictured with Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh. Picture: Su Anderson.

Police chiefs in Essex gave a cautious welcome yesterday to the Chancellor’s announcement there would be no further cuts to policing.

Police at the scene of the robbery

Two men have been arrested in connection with a robbery at a One Stop convenience store in Claydon, Suffolk, on Sunday.

Police enforced a cordon at around 3pm

Two suspected unexploded mortars and ammunition, found in a building site in Colchester, saw a 100m cordon enforced in Mersea Road afternoon.

Police joined forces with partner agencies for the operation

People were arrested and vehicles seized in a series of police checks carried around in Ipswich and Thetford this week.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the East Anglian Daily Times e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24