Middy in the War Years


Next event: 30th April/1st May 2017

Britain’s railways played a major role in the war effort  and the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway was no different, coming into its own after 1942 when the USAAF moved into the airfields at Mendlesham and Horham. The Middy had never been so busy and never would be again after the war ended, so this event is our tribute to those who served to preserve freedom both at home and overseas in those dark years between 1939 and 1945.

This annual event has grown from small beginnings to become one of the largest events in the Middy calendar and along with the many visiting displays and vehicles, we are joined by a number of quality reenactors who help create a great 1940’s atmosphere for you to enjoy. In 2017 we hope to be joined once again by the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (weather permitting).

The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway tea room will be open for refreshments along with the real ale coach, and while dogs are very welcome owners should be aware that will be a number of loud bangs over each day that may be distressing for your pet.

If you are planning on attending this event with a WW2 military vehicle it is vital we know you are coming as space is restricted. While we try to be flexible, priority will be given to those who have booked in advance, also please note that post WW2 era vehicles will not be permitted in the display area. 

For more information please visit the dedicated event website at www.middyatwar.co.uk

Restrictions on attire: Please read.

Naturally we want all our visitors to have a great day out, so there are restrictions on the wearing of uniforms and insignia that might be likely to cause controversy and upset to our visitors. Following the guidelines outlined by the Heritage Railway Association, the Middy will not permit access to visitors or re-enactors who are attired as Schutzstaffel staff, Allgemeine SS forces, Waffen-SS or who wear any uniform or clothing displaying the Totenkopf (Deaths’ Head) symbol, red armbands emblazoned with the swastika or any other overt Nazi insignia.