Welcome to the ‘Middy’
 Suffolk’s only standard gauge heritage railway

Our next scheduled event on 12th May is the
Steam Railway & Eastern Counties Motor Club Day.
Open from 10.30 am through to 4.30 pm. 

Then on 26th/27th May is the popular
Middy in the 1940s steam event.

Please see our What’s On and News pages for updates on 2024 events.

Help us run this unique part of English railway history by becoming a member/volunteer or by Donating to our Appeals

The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway is Suffolk’s only standard gauge heritage railway, offering steam open days and events to the general public. Services are normally steam operated on both standard open days and special event days.

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. And we have two major projects in hand and rapidly reaching fruition.

First is our Extension of the line project where we have already achieved relaying of track along the old trackbed to a new destination to be called Aspall Halt. (On the original Middy the next station on from Brockford & Wetheringsett was Aspall & Thorndon.) We are planning a new station building and obtaining a Transport & Works Order from the Office Rail & Road to run passenger trains to the end of the newly doubled in length railway.

The second major project, which we hope to complete this year (2024), is the restoration of our own locomotive, Hudswell Clarke no.1604, a 0-6-0ST similar to locomotives owned by the MSLR when running in its independent days. The chassis and restored boiler of the loco is now going through final checks to ensure we have all the right connections and parts to effect the final reconstruction and testing.

If you  would like to help us achieve either (or both!) of these aims please visit the Appeals Pages of this web site.

Middy in the 40’s 2024

If you have a 1940s 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.  While we try to be flexible, priority will be given to those who have booked in advance, also please note that post 1950s era vehicles will not be permitted in the display area.  Please note that we are only accepting applications if you have an item to exhibit unless you are part of our existing re-enactors group.  

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Next MSLR Event

Steam Railway Day & East Anglian Practical Classics visit

23 Jun 2024 - 23 Jun 2024

East Anglian Practical Classic Car Club visit

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