We are now closed for Winter Maintenance.

Our next events are the Santa Specials from 7th December.  All dates are now fully booked – please contact us if you would like to be added to our waiting list in case of cancellations.

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 Santa Specials. For the full 2019 programme visit the What’s On pages of this web site.

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.

Recent News

Next MSLR Event

Santa Specials 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd December

7 Dec 2019 - 22 Dec 2019

Santa Specials 2019.

Recent News

New Year’s Day Steam & Light

Join us on 1st January for your first steam train ride of the year in genuine Victorian coaches and visit the Historical Lamp Society’s display in our Restoration Shed – a superb setting for vintage oil lamps dating from the mid-Victorian era. As seen in the grand houses and the practical work places. Get your first breath of steam…
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2020 Events Programme

The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway’s steaming programme will be published shortly and will show the first major open weekend to be Easter with ‘bunny hunt’ as usual, 12th and 13th April, next year followed by a longer Middy in the War Years programme as the Bank Holiday Weekend has been extended to three days to accommodate…
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Santas sold out for 2019

The perennially popular Santa Specials have broken all records by selling out over a month before the first train, even when the Middy is running more trains than ever this year. We have opened a waiting list in case of cancellations, so please keep in touch via the Santa Bookings page, there may still be…
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