Mid Suffolk District Council Planning Committee have formally approved plans to extend the Mid Suffolk Light Railway by another 500 metres which 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.
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.
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 get will have a chance to win a Middy Driver Experience worth £199.00 and all contributors will receive a certificate confirming their contribution.
The drawer will take place at the next AGM in 2018. We are pleased to report this campaign has been very well received by members and, of course, it is open to the general public.