Our planned Santa Specials and New Year’s Day 2021 Steam & Light Festival will still go ahead unless Government restrictions at that time prevent this.  Please see our What’s On and News pages for updates.

Welcome to the ‘Middy’, Suffolk’s only standard gauge heritage railway

Next MSLR Event

Santa Specials 6th, 13th & 20th December – sold out, waiting list available

6 Dec 2020 - 20 Dec 2020

You will travel from Brockford Station to meet the Santa at North Pole Halt. Each child will be given a present by Santa from his Magic brake van. After your journey, stop and watch the model layout, the steam traction engine and listen to the Dutch Street organ.

Read More and Buy Tickets

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 are now cancelled for 2020.

Sadly we have had to cancel our plans for what would have been the best celebrations yet. But we hope to re-instate this ambitious pageant in 2021, so please keep in touch and we will announce our plans as soon as possible.

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 events@mslr.org.uk.  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.

Register Online

STOP PRESS! Latest Middy News

Menu

On this website we use first or third-party tools that store small files (cookie) on your device. Cookies are normally used to allow the site to run properly (technical cookies), to generate navigation usage reports (statistics cookies) and to suitable advertise our services/products (profiling cookies). We can directly use technical cookies, but you have the right to choose whether or not to enable statistical and profiling cookies. Enabling these cookies, you help us to offer you a better experience.