Welcome to the ‘Middy’
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.
Sponsor a Sleeper
Help more than double the length of the Middy
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 extension will require a budget of £125,000 at today’s prices and the Middy’s Sponsor a Sleeper Campaign is the first salvo in raising the funds. Donors are asked for £15.00 for each sleeper and in return they get will have a chance to win a Middy Driver Experience worth £199.00 and all contributors will receive a certificate confirming their contribution.
Next MSLR Event
Middy in the War Years
6 May 2018 - 7 May 2018
Middy in the War years is our attempt to illustrate how even a small rural railway had an important part to play in WWII. Displays will bring together set-pieces with re-enactors, period military and other vehicles, music and dancing of the period and a flypast by a member of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (weather permitting). There will also be two locomotives in steam operating the passenger trains and demonstration goods trains.
Watch this space for programme details.
Adults £12.00, Children (under 16) £6.00, Concessions £10.00, Families (2+2) £30.00