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…
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
New Year’s Day Steam 1st January 2018
1 Jan 2018 - 1 Jan 2018
What better way to start off and, perhaps, clear heads for the new year with a trip to Suffolk’s only preserved heritage railway.
Steam trains will be running from 11.00 from Brockford to Dovebrook, where you can alight and take a walk to the site of our planned new destination, Aspall Halt.
We are looking forward to forging ahead with our extension plans this year and with your continued support we can achieve the aim of doubling the length this unique piece of Britain’s railway history.
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…
The MSLR has revamped its website in time for the new summer season. There are new pages and features for you to explore so have a browse and try out the new site. There may be some areas which are still under construction so please bear with us while we put the finishing touches to…