Both preserved Y7 0-4-0Ts will be appearing and in steam at the Middy’s Steam Gala on the 9th and 10th September. Bringing the two Y7s together for the first time for many years is another coup for MSLR Loco Superintendent John Durrant. 125 year old NER no. 1310 will be coming to Brockford in time…
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. In October 2014 the ‘Middy’ was voted Suffolk Museum of the Year in competition with 40 other Suffolk museums.
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
Santa Specials 2017
3 Dec 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
The perennial treat for children up to 10 years old. A steam train ride on the Santa Special to North Pole Halt for an individual visit to Santa in his Magic Brakevan. A present for every child, children’s entertainment and a mince pie and a drink for everyone.
The Santa Specials are running on the 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th December 2017
Please note tickets must be booked in advance. Bookings will open on August 1st 2017 when we will post further details on how to book your tickets.
For more information see the Santa Specials page.
The MSLR has revamped its website in time for the new summer season. There are new pages and features for you to explore so have a browse and try out the new site. There may be some areas which are still under construction so please bear with us while we put the finishing touches to…
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…