Four locos in steam plus, plus, plus. The Mid Suffolk Light Railway Steam Gala is shaping up to be a great day out for everyone this year with the signing of a very special guest loco for the two day event. Details of our special visitor will be released as soon as possible – watch this…
Welcome to the ‘Middy’
The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, affectionately known as the ‘Middy’, was a classic case of a railway built too late for the great railway age. It never paid its way and was effectively broke before it opened. Operating in receivership from the start the line was never fully completed, the rails petering out in the middle of a field. However it still managed to struggle on against all the odds for 50 years.
In 1991 after almost all traces of the line had disappeared a group of enthusiasts decided this country railway, once so important to the area, should not be forgotten. The ‘Middy’, a fine example of rural English history, is now resurrected as Suffolk’s only standard gauge railway museum and ironically is busier now than it ever was.
A section of the railway at Brockford has been recreated with original station buildings which capture the atmosphere of this quirky line. In 2012 the MSLR was awarded the Heritage Railway Association’s Interpretation Award.
Today’s ‘Middy’ is not only a museum but runs regular steam trains and has a programme of carriage and wagon restoration complementing its efforts to recreate this slice of Edwardian England.
Next MSLR Event
April 30th / May 1st: Middy in the War Years
Our popular take on an event seen at many heritage railways across the country. Come and see displays, memorabilia, weapons and vehicles from the time of the Second World War. Re-enactors will add to the atmosphere of a country railway station during the war at a time when lines like the ‘Middy’ were vital for serving nearby airfields and helping the public go about their everyday life as normally as they could.
154-year-old G.E.R. 1st class smoking coach returns to service After 65 years the Mid Suffolk Light Railway will be able to run three coach trains again since the railway closed in 1952. After many years work the team at the Middy’s restoration works have completed the task of bringing another Victorian vehicle back into service….
The MSLR’s new restoration engine shed funded by the National Lottery will be formally opened in May this year, in advance of the main summer programme. The external building is already complete and internal fitting out is advanced enough for work to be recommenced on the Middy’s own locomotive, Hudswell, Clarke 0-6-0T no. 1604. The…