With this year’s summer running season in full swing, the museum has made great progress over the winter and spring preparing one of its new exhibits, a permanent working model railway display room. As planned, the display room is situated inside one of the museum’s unused coach bodies, which in recent years has been used for storage.
The main layout which is now set up in the new display room is an O gauge layout donated to the Museum, named Wetheringsett & Brockford. This layout, is a more or less accurate depiction of Brockford station on the MSLR back in its early years, the 1900s and 1910s. With Brockford station today being the location of the Museum, this layout is excellent means of showing visitors how the site has changed in the last hundred years, giving them a great comparison to what was there then, and what is there now.
Also kindly donated with the layout are numerous ready to run O gauge rolling stock custom made to depict the stock of the original Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Company, and some of the neighbouring Great Eastern Railway, which would have both work on the line back in it’s early years. These include numerous MSLR and GER wagons, a set of three 4 wheel 5 compartment coaches, depicting the original Middy passenger train, two Great Eastern designed horseboxes, one in GER livery and the other in that of the MSLR, and most of exciting of all, a ready to run model of one of the original 3 MSLR 0-6-0 tank engines.
With the layout now fully set up and ready to run, and the finishing touches to the couch body, including curtains and a visitor access ramp complete, our new model railway display room will be open and running for many of the museums open days this summer, which are every Sunday till the end of August. In particular for our special events this year, which include our Hornby Collectors Day on the 7th of August, and our Steam Railway Gala on the 10th and 11th of September. Hope to see you here this summer.