The Middy track extension plans approved by Mid Suffolk District Council
Mid Suffolk District Council Planning Committee have formally approved plans for the extension of the Mid Suffolk Light Railway to more than double its current length. This means the Middy will be able to give visitors vintage steam train rides of just over 1 kilometre once the extension has been completed.
The new section follows the existing track bed and will enhance the visitor experience of this unique Edwardian Railway by doubling the length of demonstration journey and giving passengers a ‘destination’. The line will eventually terminate at Aspall Halt, the construction being modelled on the old station at Wilby, which had the minimal building and facilities so typical of the original cash-strapped Middy.
Commenting on the decision, John Stark, MSLR Chairman said, “2016 was the 25th Anniversary year of the rebirth of the Middy, which started out as a static museum to the much loved rural line. Now it’s one of Suffolk’s major tourist attractions and we were voted Suffolk Museum of the year for 2015. The Middy also recently featured on BBC2’s popular Great British Railway Journeys presented by Michael Portillo, giving a very welcome boost to our profile as the only standard gauge preserved railway in Suffolk.”