Track Extension – we are getting there!

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During the various stages of the Covid 19 restrictions we have still been able to make significant progress on our main project of extending the line.

The first major advance was the preparation and tidying of the Dovebrook area, which also included the building  of a new footbridge to access both the station and picnic areas. This work was carried out by the Middy Infrastructure Team.

On March 1st TES2000 Network Rail Contractors carried out more heavy lifting for the MSLR beyond Dovebrook platform taking the line on to the beginning of the climb to the final destination.

The TES eight man team extended the track some 73 metres closer to the long held aim of adding a further 500 metres to the track length. The work also included crossing the divide caused by the public footpath and installing a new public foot crossing. A 360 degree road/rail digger was employed with the Middy’s own works train in support. TES2000 having completed this tranche of work, we will be pressing on to completion with a mix of further contractor help and the infrastructure team.

The new section follows the existing track bed, which when completed, will enhance the visitor experience of this unique Edwardian Railway by more than doubling the length of demonstration journey and giving passengers a ‘destination’. The line will eventually terminate at Aspall Halt, the construction being modelled on the old station at Wilby, which had the minimal building and facilities so typical of the original cash-strapped Middy. The Middy is already an important part of Suffolk Tourism and this extension will be a major step in securing the future of the Museum for generations to come.

This is the first time that the track has been extended since the Spring and Summer of 2006 and marks a milestone in our plan to extend our track to Aspall Halt.

Having missed 2020 visitor income, we now need funds to complete the project. If you would like to help, please visit the Extension Appeal page and Sponsor-a-Sleeper. 


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