Posts by John Reeve

Ipswich Model Engineers at The Country Railway Gala 7th & 8th September

The Ipswich Model Engineers will be bringing some of their latest creations and portable track, “To give the youngsters and the young at heart a trip as most people don’t believe us when we tell them our little locomotives can pull a fair load” , says Club Secretary Terry Woodward. (Sunday only.) Terry has recently…

Norwich Model Boat Club at Model Mania 25th & 26th August

Norwich Model Boat Club have confirmed they will be joining the Middy’s Model Mania & Hornby Collectors Weekend. They may have Model Boat in their Club title but they will also be bringing a range of model trucks and radio controlled off-road cars. Middy volunteers will be building a suitable pond for the boats and…

Norwich Vintage Car Club visit 11th August

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the promised visit of the Norwich Vintage Car Club has had to be cancelled. We are still hoping to have some vintage vehicles on display and our guest loco Sirapite will be in action. Watch this space! Nice picture by Brian Scott of Sirapite with the Shredded Wheat Shunter.

Middy’s first diesel day

Although no diesel locomotive ever ran on the MSLR in a revenue earning capacity, the railway does already have two Ruston & Hornsby engines in the collection. Rarely used on public open days, this will be an opportunity for visitors to see the other side of the Middy’s motive power in action. For Middy historians…

Middy Motor Show

As we get into the summer season proper, casual Middy observers might be forgiven for thinking that Brockford Station is becoming more of a motor show venue than the MSLR HQ, as the number of special vehicles descending on the car park is getting thicker and faster. On 3rd June we were pleased to host…

Newly restored Fowler Diesel to be resident at the Middy

Newly restored 1934 Fowler Diesel Mechanical 40hp 0-4-0 will be resident at the Middy from mid June. The loco was built for the Shredded Wheat Company 85 years ago and was recently rescued in a very dilapidated state by current owner Tony Goff. In November 2018 it was delivered to the Norfolk works of brothers…

‘Sirapite’ steaming schedule for Summer Season

For those enthusiasts who have only heard about ‘Sirapite’ or just seen the loco cold at the Long Shop Museum here is the good news about the steaming programme at the Middy. Subject to usual caveats about old steam locomotives, regular shunting and light freight demonstrations are planned for the legendary Aveling & Porter 0-4-0…

‘Sirapite’ arrives at Brockford 26th April

The Middy guest loco for the 2019 summer season ‘Sirapite’ from the Long Shop Museum at Leiston arrived by low loader on Friday 26th April. Also seen here on shed at Brockford m.p.d. Although the loco is not fitted with vacuum braking and therefore cannot be used on passenger traffic, it will be seen frequently…

New Coaling Stage

In early January work started to remove to remove the boards sitting on top of the supporting frame. This proved to be a very good idea: the underlying cross members were completely rotten and required immediate replacement. New timbers were ordered and, following considerable discussion about possible re-siting, work was proceeded with to produce the…

Extension trackbed ready for rails

Thanks to the unseasonably fine weather and the enthusiastic work of the Middy Contractors, TES 2000, the trackbed and ballast in readiness for track laying is all in position. This is a major step forward in the project to more than double the length of the line and create a destination terminus for visitors to…

New Year’s Day Steaming a great success

Twice as many attended the annual New Year’s Day steaming at the Middy this year than in 2018, something approaching 250 in all. “This is a great result for us and makes all the hard work and finding the volunteers who give up their own family celebrations to entertain our visitors worthwhile”, commented Events Manager…

New Year’s Steam and Light

Once again the Middy will be open on New Year’s Day – a great opportunity to steam away the excesses of the night before (perhaps!). This year the atmosphere will be much enhanced by a display of historical oil lamps by members of the Historical Lamps Society. The display encompasses many beautiful and practical lamps…

Country Railway Gala & Beer Festival 8th & 9th September

At this weekend’s Gala and Festival, the Middy will be staging not only a steam festival with three locos in steam and at least four steam road vehicles, but a festival of the best of local ales. At least 18 different brews will be available for sampling both in the MSLR’s real ale bar, The…

Dedication of WW1 Staff Memorial

On Monday 27th August The Middy held a service of remembrance to dedicate the new memorial to MSLR staff who were killed on active service in the First World War. When the war broke out in 1914 there were some 60 staff working on the Middy. Of those who answered the call to the colours…

Cutting the ‘First Sod’ for the extension

SONY DSC On Sunday 26th The Middy staged a small ceremony for the ‘Cutting of the ‘First Sod’ with the railway’s President Mr. Tony Alston and Mr Rob Patten from TES 2000 Ltd, railway contractors, who are helping with advice and equipment. A train full of well wishers witnessed Mr. Patton, the Project Manager for…

Restored Dennis Day

On Sunday 19th August the Mid Suffolk Light Railway unveiled the latest addition to the Middy collection, completely refurbished 1933 Dennis Mace lorry, now fitted with a Dennis engine and after many years again operational. Following an introduction by Middy Chairman John Stark, the guest of honour Mr. Roger Heard OBE, retired Sales Director of…
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