2017 Santa Specials were a brilliant success for the Middy with all trains sold out and many messages and emails of thanks to Middy Volunteers from parents of delighted children.
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
Easter Steam Up
1 Apr 2018 - 2 Apr 2018
This will be the first main operating weekend of the Middy’s 2018 programme.
The Easter Weekend emphasis will be on entertainment for families with children. The railway and museum facilities will be open with steam train rides, museum, shop and café, plus Easter Bunny hunts with Easter eggs as prizes and quizzes for younger visitors.
The duty locomotive is scheduled to be the Y7, which has proved to be a popular performer with crews and passengers alike and certainly looks the part on our unique rural railway.
The High Sheriff of Suffolk, Mr. Geoffrey Probert will visit the Mid Suffolk Light Railway on Wednesday 22nd November to present a certificate for the Museum’s contribution to Suffolk’s Heritage. Wednesdays are the Museum’s volunteers days and there will be activity in all Departments for Mr. & Mrs. Proto inspect. It is also a designated…
Both preserved Y7 0-4-0Ts will be appearing and in steam at the Middy’s Steam Gala on the 9th and 10th September. Bringing the two Y7s together for the first time for many years is another coup for MSLR Loco Superintendent John Durrant. 125 year old NER no. 1310 will be coming to Brockford in time…