In common with other heritage railways, the Middy has had to cancel or postpone their 2020 programme until the coronavirus situation improves. Please see our What’s On and news pages for next openings.
Welcome to the ‘Middy’
Suffolk’s only standard gauge heritage railway
The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway is Suffolk’s only standard gauge heritage railway, offering steam open days and events to the general public. Services are normally steam operated on both standard open days and special event days.
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.
VJ Day 75 and Middy in the War Years Participation
If you have a 40s/WW2 era vehicle or memorabilia you would like to bring we would be pleased to hear from you, but it is vital we know you are coming as space is restricted. Please fill out the online Registration Form below or print out the pdf form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.