Whilst in Ipswich a few weeks back I came across a closed branch line. It descends from the main alignment just north of Ipswich Station and descends in a curve, crossing Ranelagh Road on the level - the tracks are still in situ either side of the road, although the level crossing and its gates gates have been mostly removed, replaced by security fencing preventing access to the railway line. The line then passes a disused home signal (still in situ and clearly visible from the road) before crossing the River Gipping on a bridge, which is also still in situ. This appears to have been a swing bridge to allow the passage of shipping, as the River Gipping was at one time navigable as far inland as Stowmarket. Would I be right in guessing that this line was built to convey coal and other supplies to Ipswich Corporation's power station and tram/trolleybus depot at Constantine Road? In Ipswich the electricity department and transport department were closely linked; Ipswich Corporation operated electric trams from 1903 until 1924-6 when it replaced its entire system with trolleybuses, and did not obtain its first motorbuses until 1950 - the last trolleybuses were withdrawn in 1963. Were any other business premises also served by this branch line, and does anyone know when it was last used? Incidentally, although the power station has long gone Ipswich Buses today is one of the ten British bus companies that still remains in municipal ownership. It still occupies the original depot at Constantine Road.