We are now closed for Winter Maintenance, our next event is Easter Steam Up on 12th & 13th April.

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. We run steam engines on both standard operating days and special event days – such as our popular Middy in the War Years.

For the full 2020 programme visit the What’s On pages of this web site.

If you would like to be a part of the 2020 War Year’s event and have a military vehicle or other memorabilia of the 1940s/WW2, please follow the instructions in the panel to the right on this page and send us your Registration Form.

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.

Upcoming MSLR Events

VE 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 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.

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Recent News

Next MSLR Event

Easter Steam Up

12 Apr 2020 - 13 Apr 2020

Easter Steam Up and Bunny Hunt for the Children

Recent News

Everything Goes 24th & 25th May

Everything Goes weekend is for rail fans and visitors to see all our locomotives in action at one time. We have three operational steam locos resident at the Middy and now a further three diesels (see the rolling stock pages for full details), including Ruston & Hornsby 48 no. 294266, previously owned by the late…
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Easter Steam Up 12th & 13th April

The Middy’s first open weekend of 2020 is scheduled for the Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. The full range of Middy facilities will be available including plenty of steam train action and the Easter Bunny hunt for the younger visitors. See the What’s On page for more details.
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Middy in the War Years 2020

This year’s War Years pageant at the Middy will be bigger and better than ever before, not least as it will run for three days to complement the 75th anniversary of VE Day in line with the national bank holiday celebration. As ever the Middy will be staging displays and demonstrations by re-enactors and the…
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