MLSR Track Extension Project – We’re getting there!

The MSLR track extension project will more than double the length of the Middy to approximately 1km

The plan to extend the Mid Suffolk Light Railway by another 500 metres will more than double its current length. This means the Middy will be able to give visitors vintage steam train rides of approximately 1 kilometre lasting about 10 minutes once the extension has been completed.

During the various stages of the Covid 19 restrictions the Mid-suffolk Light Railway have still been able to make significant progress on their 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. 

This is the first time that the track has been extended for 15 years and marks a milestone in our plan to extend our track to Aspall Halt.

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.

The new section follows the existing track bed and will enhance the visitor experience of this unique Edwardian Railway by 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 quantity of rail and sleepers and fittings stored at Dovebrook have been sorted, taking off chairs and stacking them ready for use. We now know we have enough rail. We have also salvaged and/or bought some two thirds of the sleepers we need complete the line.

Great progress has been made in 2021, now we just need the funds to finish laying the track and build the platform – we already have the station building.

Proposed Extension & Enhancements for Mid Suffolk Light Railway

Sponsor a Sleeper

Help more than double the length of the Middy

The extension will require a budget of £125,000 at today’s prices and the Middy’s Sponsor a Sleeper Campaign is the first salvo in raising the funds. Donors are asked for £15.00 for each sleeper and in return they will receive a certificate confirming their contribution.

This campaign has been very well received by members and, of course, it is open to the general public. Our contractors, TES 2000, have already prepared the trackbed and laid the ballast for the whole length of the line and in March 2021, the track was extended by a further 73 metres towards the hill up to Aspall Halt, the final destination..

If you would like to help this great project to secure the Middy as a national railway attraction and a major Suffolk tourist attraction, please visit our sponsorship page.

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