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The Crowfoot Light Railway website

A garden railway built and operated by Andy and Sheila McMahon at their home in Beccles, Suffolk.


           We started to re-build this website autumn 2017 using photos available to us then.  Many of the out of date photos will be replaced when there are more appropriate photographs to replace them.  This hopefully will be gradually up to when the CLR gets up and fully running again in the spring 2019. 
          Note that each of the three main pages of this website will have a sub-page listing necessary work and pending or recent changes to the railway.  -  Andy


Here can be seen the track plan of Crowfoot Stn. before recent as yet unfinished changes (Nov 17).  The trackbed at the bottom half of the photograph has been removed.  The green diesel loco is on the goods passing loop that remains in place but the point linking the goods passing loop with the sidings has been removed.  The rebuilt sidings will be accessed by a point out of view to the left of this photograph.  In front of the diesel and out of shot will be a new siding serving only the engine shed and water/coal facilities.  

Buildings in view are the signal box and on the platform the blue painted lamp hut.  Planned is a low profile factory against the gravel board at the base of the fence adjacent the far passenger coach.  There should also be a station building with loo facilties.


This halt gets changed about more often than most of the rest of the railway.  This is an old photograph before the recent burst of growth from surrounding bushes and shrubs.  

Future further changes could include the locating of a line of four railway cottages with their rear gardens towards the railway near to the area where the sports cars are parked in this photo. 


A strange little place this.  Made mainly from scraps of material and built to serve a purpose that wasn't originally envisaged when the line was designed.  

The girder bridge crosses what is intended to look like a water fall and waterway passing under it.  Slate chippings are used to represent water and while it is not a perfect solution it avoids many disadvantages of having real water to deal with.  

The halt is intended to provide access to the water for tourists and anglers bought here by train.

Second in importance only to Crowfoot Station itself.  Here is the second of only two signal boxes on the railway.  The station is in effect an island platform with passing loops either side. 
It serves a small village and an RN training establishment for ratings. 
To the left of the photograph can be seen the underconstruction office buildings for a local mining company.  This building has a victorian stationary steam engine on the ground floor. 
The track layout here provides a long passing loop allowing the single track main line to carry trains running in both directions. 
The early 20th Century saw Crowfoot Hall as the residence of the owner of The Crowfoot Light Railway.  Originally the station here was just a timber halt servicing the needs of the owner and his family.  As revenue dropped between the wars the owner moved elswhere and the Hall was converted into a hotel providing accommodation for tourists.  WW2 saw an increase in revenue on the railway with the dockyard and local service establishments making good use of it.  More recently the Hall has become a sought after hotel for more discerning travellers and the timber halt was replaced with a concrete and stone version.
Worthy of note is that the Crowfoot Hall building is a toy from the Sylvanian Families range.  I got it slightly shop damaged for £25.  There are no furry animals living here but when I get round to it I expect the roof garden to contain sunbathing ladies from Prieser.

Much is changing here since this photograph was taken.  Firstly, this halt only came into being when I had to find a place for the green oriental lamp tower and my imagination saw it as a temple needing a short halt for worshippers and other visitors.  The green 'temple' has now been replaced with a much taller cream coloured one guarded by two red resin oriental lions.  The surface of the platform has been filled in with SBR and pigeon grit.  A stone footpath now meanders it's way from the end of the platform crossing the track opposite the temple entrance. 
The platform will have a name sign 'TEMPLE HALT' and the stone path (not shown in this photo) will have railway style fencing keeping the pedestrians from wandering onto the track.  New photographs planned for Spring 2018 will show these changes.