History of the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway

Discover some of the fascinating stories of the Middy, from its Victorian origins, through its Edwardian heyday and decline, right up to its ongoing revival as the MSLR Museum. Look out for more material being added regularly! For an historical overview, visit Introduction to the Middy.

Photo by George Powell, courtesy of Great Eastern Railway Society.

Our Belgian Visitor

August 9, 2020
Since 2015 the Museum has hosted an unusual resident locomotive, which has attracted a lot of attention. ‘Tram’ engine No. 2525 is very different from any other engine we’ve seen at Brockford, and here we look at the background to this type of loco and the company which built it.

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Edgar Gladwell

July 30, 2020
Edgar Gladwell was a railwayman for over 45 years, spending much of his career on the Middy. Starting as a humble office boy, by the time the line closed he was Station Master at Stradbroke, in overall charge of the section from Kenton to Laxfield.

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The Middy in Glorious Technicolor

July 14, 2020
We have recently acquired some rare colour photos of the MSLR, dating back to 1909! See the railway as it really appeared back in the day in living colour.

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The MSLR War Memorial

June 29, 2020
In 2014 the Museum wanted to commemorate the centenary of the start of the Great War, and an obvious question was “How many of the MSLR staff died in the War?” This turned out to be more difficult to answer than you might think!

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The Mid-Suffolk’s Extravagant Station Signs

June 14, 2020
The original MSLR station signs or ‘running-in boards’ were a very distinctive feature of the railway with their ornate 9-inch tall cast-iron letters, supplied by MacFarlane’s of Glasgow. The Museum displays two of the surviving signs, while accurate replicas have been made for our current and future stations.

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Early Days of the MSLR Museum

May 30, 2020
Our own archives include more than 8,000 photographs illustrating the development of the Museum. Here are a few from the earliest days (and even before!)

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Finding Out More About the Middy

May 30, 2020
For a very small railway which carried goods and passengers for less than 50 years, there is a surprising amount of published information and surviving relics. These consist mainly of documents and photographs, but there are also some significant artefacts, including amazingly a number of original buildings.

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Middy Staff in the 1911 Census

May 27, 2020
In the latest published census, taken in 1911, we have identified at least 57 men & women who worked for the MSLR at that time, each with their age, address and occupation.

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Prince Albert and the MSLR

May 27, 2020
Could Prince Albert be linked to the MSLR, even though he died some 40 years before the railway was authorised? We investigate this mysterious story.

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