After almost 50 years of abandonment and decay, a small section of the Middy is being brought back to life by an enthusiastic (not to mention hard-working) band of volunteers who are determined to ensure the success of the museum.
The project commenced in 1990 when a group of railway enthusiasts secured the agreement of the landowner to the recreation of a station and length of running track over of a section of the abandoned trackbed at Brockford.
The original Brockford Station platform and building had long ago disappeared under a new industrial building but the old cattle dock remained in the undergrowth and this was used as the basis of the new station.
At that time, several original MSLR buildings still survived (in a decrepit state) at various station sites along the route of the dismantled line.
Painstakingly, a number of buildings were dismantled and brought to Brockford, where they have been reconstructed.
Work goes on today, adding to and improving the infrastructure, to recreate the atmosphere of an Edwardian country railway station.
The collection of rolling stock has been selected to represent the types of vehicle which would have been appropriate to a line such as this. The passenger carriages are of four and six-wheeled Great Eastern Railway origin, being representative of the types of stock which ran on the Middy.
Hand-in hand with the restoration of a working railway, goes the collection and conservation of documents, historic photographs and other artefacts relevant to the Middy.
With the aid of grant funding from a number of sources, modern visitor facilities, an exhibition hall, refreshment room and shop have been constructed, all in keeping with the rural surroundings.
Most recently, it has been possible to lease space in one of the modern industrial buildings adjacent to the site and this is now the railway's 'works', where much of the restoration work is carried out.