Our next event is Easter Steam Up on 12th & 13th April.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.