16mm Suffolk and Borders Light Railway - Who We Are

The Suffolk and Borders Light Railway is a permanent 16mm narrow gauge layout operated and maintained by the East Anglian area group of the Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers.

It's based inside the main exhibition hall upstairs at Bressingham Steam Museum where it is available to any member of the association to use with consent. The East Anglian members also organise garden events where members can meet and run their stock usually during spring and summer months.

We are especially fortunate though to have the facility at Bressingham, where the group runs most Sundays and some week days. The Group supports the museum by operating during events and most days during the Santa specials around the Christmas period.

We are a very informal group who solely exist to yarn and watch steam trains, we do not count rivets or worry about a mixture of rolling stock, we do however insist of having a good time and eating cake and drinking tea whilst engaging with the public and answering questions.

About the layout

The old layout was removed in September 2019 and rebuilt by a few core members. The layout was running trains again by December 2019. The scenery is still being developed over time. Being indoors we can model the layout as best we can to tell the story of narrow gauge in different parts of the world. We have a Welsh UK type of scenery at one end telling the story of Slate and British narrow gauge and at the other we have a colonial / Darjeeling Himalayan type to tell the story of Indian hill railways and Tasmanian sugar cane railways as well as many other purposes. There is also an area being developed for the War department light railway Western Front of the First World War telling the story of how narrow gauge was used to supply the trenches. There are two 32mm circuits. Whilst the layout is modelled loosely on areas of the world our members have a wide range of interests from War Department Light Railway to Darjeeling Himalayan, Talyllyn, Penrhyn Slate Quarry, Sugar cane and many more including freelance and mixed narrow gauge.

The group is also fortunate to have in its number a variety of people with different skills for help and advice.

If you live in the area or are passing through and fancy a steam up then please contact one of the core members detailed below and drop in.

Area group coordinator - sblr16mmcoordinator@outlook.com

For some pictures please see our.

Flickr picture gallery.