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 tickets will be half price – adults £5.00, children £2.00, families £12.00 and concessions £4.00.
Following the longest dry spell for many years most heritage railways will be reviewing their risk assessment relating to the increased fire risk, especially those like the Middy in particularly rural settings.
“The large wheat field adjacent to the railway’s main line is just like a tinder box”, said John Durrant, the MSLR Locomotive Superintendent, “One spark in the wrong direction could give us a serious problem”.
The view of the train illustrated is from the field referred to above, which has had little rain for 60 days
Due to the continuing fire risk to local farm land steam services will be suspended for the 5th August. All trains will be diesel operated.