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.
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Help the 1604 Restoration Project
1604 was one of the last working steam locomotives in East Anglia, having worked at the British Sugar Corporation, Bardney, Lincolnshire from new in 1928 for over 40 years. 1604 is similar to the engines which worked the MSLR in the line’s early days and from the same manufacturer, Hudswell Clarke of Leeds.
Nothing is left of the originals, but it is in keeping with the ethos of the Museum to restore an engine with a similar pedigree to maintain the early 20th century atmosphere of this unique piece of England’s railway history.
Next MSLR Event
Santa Specials 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th December
2 Dec 2018
For a magical Christmas treat for your younger children, a trip on a Mid Suffolk Light Railway Santa Special is not to be missed.
Steam trains run from Brockford Station to ‘North Pole Halt’, where children up to10 will have an individual visit to Santa in his Christmas Guards Van. Each child receives a present and there will be children’s entertainment and storytelling. The Stations, Brockford and ‘North Pole Halt’ and the Museum, shop and cafe, will all be decorated in full ‘Christmasy’ style to give the visit a real party feel. The Santa Special’s genuine Great Eastern Railway Victorian four wheeled coaches are a historical experience for any passengers, especially younger ones. Priced at £12.00 per person including drinks and mince pies for everyone – even adults – this is a seasonal treat not to be missed, but trains are filling up fast so early booking is recommended.
All seats must be booked advance with up to two adults accompanying each child. Trains run from 10.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. on 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th December. To book or for more information visit the Santa Booking page on this web site or call 01473 890622.
Apart from the festive fun, visitors, especially children, can enjoy the unique atmosphere created at Suffolk’s only standard gauge award winning (including 2015 Suffolk Museum of the year) railway museum.