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Up-to-date news about the goings on at MSLR

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Important Addition to Middy Museum Collection.

The Kenton Station Running-in Board One of the very few genuine station running in boards known to exist since the closure of the old railway, the Kenton sign is no longer on loan to the Middy, but now a permanent part of the Museum’s collection of artefacts. After the closure of the line in 1952,…
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New Permanent Way Storage Van

Well new to us that is! The Belstead Village Hall Committee have very generously donated an ex-BR van body to the MSLR. When restored the P.W. team will use it for their tools and equipment. It will be a highly useful and very welcome addition to our storage facilities. Shown here in its new position…
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Middy to remain closed until further notice

Despite the recent easing of some Coronavirus outbreak restrictions, the Trustees of the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway have reluctantly decided that they still cannot reopen the museum to the general public until further notice. The main issues arising for the MSLR in terms of Covid-19 precautions and, as an accredited museum and a registered charity, are…
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1604 Progress

  Steve Latham (copper welder at Mervyn Mayes’ – our boiler repair contractor) completed repairs to 1604’s firebox in a much shorter timescale than we could ever have hoped for. And the firebox has now received its formal pass certificate. So we are now in a position to refit the inner firebox and a new…
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Middy Shop has exclusive rights to sell MSLR ‘Bible’

We are very pleased to announce that the Middy Shop has obtained the exclusive right and existing stock for the sale of Peter Paye’s iconic book on the history of the MSLR  – the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway. First published in 1986, this 216 page book is the recognised authority on the history of the line…
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Covid – 19 update

As you can imagine activity is pretty limited at the moment as part of our charm is that our public buildings, locos and vehicles are either original or in keeping with the old Middy and therefore quite small. Whilst the current social distancing regime is in place all of the aspects of our museum cannot…
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Middy and the Covid-19 effect

In common with other heritage railways and museums around the country, the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway has had to cancel all immediate opening days and postpone events scheduled for Spring and early Summer, due to the Coronavirus outbreak. This is an enormous disappointment to the Middy’s volunteers after such promising start to the year with a…
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VE Day and War Years to VJ Day?

As readers will know we have regretfully had to postpone the VE Day and War Years pageants due to the current crisis. But we are hopeful that the situation will have improved sufficiently by the summer to enable the VE Day and Middy in the War Years to move to the VJ celebration weekend 15th…
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Middy cancellation and postponement plans

In common with other heritage railways, the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway has taken the decision to cancel all immediate opening days and postpone events scheduled for late Spring and early Summer, due to the current Coronavirus outbreak. We will re-open and reschedule major events as soon as the situation improves. We will be constantly reviewing the…
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Easter Steam-Up first Coronavirus cancellation at the Middy

With regret, the MSLR Board have decided to cancel the first opening event of the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 outbreak. Other events may have to follow unless the situation improves. Excerpt from MSLR Chairman John Stark’s statement. “Obviously the current crisis will affect some of our planned events. Please consult the MSLR website…
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