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Norwich Vintage Motorcycle Club to visit Middy on Dennis Day

We are pleased to announce we will be joined on 19th August by the Norwich Vintage Motorcycle Club, who will be arriving at about the same time as our newly restored Dennis Mace lorry is being unveiled by Mr. Roger Heard, a retired director of Dennis vehicles. This will be the third visit the Club…

Santa Specials now booking for 2018

The Middy’s perennial treat for children up to 10 years old is now open for bookings for this December. A steam train ride to North Pole Halt where every child will have an individual visit to Santa in his magic brake van. A present for every child, children’s entertainment and a mince pie and a…

Normal steam service resumed

The middy is pleased to announce that normal steam services will be resumed from and including Sunday 12th August. With the help and understanding of our farming neighbour and the promise of cooler, if not damper weather this coming weekend plus a team of specially recruited fire watchers (just in case), the Middy can  return…

Middy suspends steam trains due to fire risk – Immediate date effected 29th July

Due to the extremely dry and hot weather the Mid Suffolk Light Railway has decided to suspend steam operations until after some significant rainfall.  The Middy will continue to operate trains on the normal Sunday and Bank Holiday opening days but will be using diesel power only. To compensate for lack of steam day entry…

1208 and 1604 together 24th June

Progress on the rolling chassis of 1604 is going well and we should be in a position to test the loco during the visit of ‘Illingworth’ for Special Engine Month. It’s an irresistible opportunity to have a restored Hudswell Clarke running with our 1604, on the way to restoration – a treat for Middy fans…

Middy in the War Years success

The annual Middy in the War Years pageant (6th & 7th May) was a great success with record takings at the booking office and around the site. No doubt the weather helped by providing glorious sunshine for the two days. Trains were full and visitors were treated to drill displays by the ‘Home Guard’, jiving…

New arrival at the Middy

As most of you who have been to the railway recently are aware, we have a new arrival. Ruston 48 No.294266. Previously owned by the late Sir William McAlpine, one of our volunteers, Lawrie Rose was able to  complete the purchase just before the legendary railway enthusiast died (think Pendennis Castle and of course Flying…

Exciting new attractions for Middy in the War Years 6th and 7th May

We are pleased to announce that, weather permitting, we will be hosting a flypast of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Hawker Hurricane. The Hurricane will be appearing over Brockford Station early on Sunday afternoon 6th May. Don’t miss it. Another special exhibit, which will be with us for both days, is a genuine Sherman…

2018 Driver Experiences

Sorry to have to advise so early, but the very popular Middy Driver Experiences are already sold out for this season. We will update the web site with new availability as soon as possible. Apologies for any disappointment caused, but our steaming days are tightly limited.

Santa Success

2017 Santa Specials were a brilliant success for the Middy with all trains sold out and many messages and emails of thanks to Middy Volunteers from parents of delighted children.

High Sheriff of Suffolk to visit the MIddy

The High Sheriff of Suffolk, Mr. Geoffrey Probert will visit the Mid Suffolk Light Railway on Wednesday 22nd November to present a certificate for the Museum’s contribution to Suffolk’s Heritage. Wednesdays are the Museum’s volunteers days and there will be activity in all Departments for Mr. & Mrs. Probert to inspect. It is also a…

4 locos in steam featuring both surviving Y7s at Middy Gala

Both preserved  Y7 0-4-0Ts will be appearing and in steam at the Middy’s Steam Gala on the 9th and 10th September. Bringing the two Y7s together for the first time for many years is another coup for MSLR Loco Superintendent John Durrant. 125 year old NER no. 1310 will be coming to Brockford in time…

New MSLR Website

The MSLR has revamped its website in time for the new summer season. There are new pages and features for you to explore so have a browse and try out the new site. There may be some areas which are still under construction so please bear with us while we put the finishing touches to…

2017 Steam Gala – a real treat for rail fans and families

Four locos in steam plus, plus, plus. The Mid Suffolk Light Railway Steam Gala is shaping up to be a great day out for everyone this year with the signing of a very special guest loco for the two day event. Details of our special visitor will be released as soon as possible – watch this…

Three coach trains run again on the Middy this summer

154-year-old G.E.R. 1st class smoking coach returns to service After 65 years the Mid Suffolk Light Railway will be able to run three coach trains again since the railway closed in 1952. After many years work the team at the Middy’s restoration works have completed the task of bringing another Victorian vehicle back into service.…

Lottery Funded Restoration Shed opening in May 2017

The MSLR’s new restoration engine shed funded by the National Lottery will be formally opened in May this year, in advance of the main summer programme. The external building is already complete and internal fitting out is advanced enough for work to be recommenced on the Middy’s own locomotive, Hudswell, Clarke 0-6-0T no. 1604. The…

The New Middy Model Railway Coach

With this year’s summer running season in full swing, the museum has made great progress over the winter and spring preparing one of its new exhibits, a working model railway display room. As planned, the display room is situated inside one of the museum’s unused coach bodies, which in recent years has been used for…

Construction starts on new loco shed

The MSLR has recently won funding to enable it to build its first purpose-built, permanent maintenance shed. Construction has since started on the project which will allow the railway’s restoration team to carry out almost all loco overhaul-related tasks under one roof with the specialist tools it requires. Key to building the shed was a £64,200 grant…
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