Normally we would run trains every Sunday throughout May – September with our Steam Railway Days. We also run event weekends dispersed amongst the season.
Due to the Covid-19 crisis we could not run our Summer programme, but we are planning Santa Specials in December and New Year’s Day 2021 Steam & Light Festival with pre-booking.
2020 EVENTS PROGRAMME
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak restrictions, the Trustees of the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway reluctantly decided that they could not open the museum to the general public for the 2020 planned summer programme.
The main issues arising for the MSLR in terms of Covid-19 precautions and, as an accredited museum and a registered charity, are maintaining hygiene and cleaning arrangements, plus the assessment and protection of members of the public and vulnerable volunteers.
The numerous practical control measures, particularly social distancing, are very difficult to comply with, especially as the Middy is a unique part of British Railway history due to its heritage. The old railway had to be economic to run and much of the charm of the Middy is in the size and style of its vehicles and buildings.
However, by introducing a pre-booked compartment system, we can open for certain events and look forward to seeing visitors back at the Middy and enjoying our unique railway experience.
6th, 13th & 20th December – Santa Specials – SOLD OUT – WAITING LIST OPEN
1st January – New Year’s Steam & Light Festival – PLANS PROCEEDING
Trains on operating days will be steam hauled unless stated otherwise.
All visits must be pre-booked. For latest information on times and prices check the What’s On pages.
You can find us at;
Brockford Station, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5PW. The MSLR Museum and Station is just off the A140 Ipswich (14 miles) to Norwich (28 miles) Road. Look for the Mendlesham TV mast and then follow the brown signs.
Accessibility, parking and wheelchair access
We do our best to accommodate you and your needs and if you have any queries do not hesitate to contact us.
Parking is normally in a field adjacent to the site but disabled parking is available on the station forecourt providing a short and easy level access to the museum buildings and trains.
Wheelchair access is available to all the museum buildings and toilets and wheelchairs can normally be carried on the trains. A wheelchair is also available on site. Note that some parts of the site are not accessible for a wheelchair due to uneven terrain. The site is subject to a periodic disabled access survey.
Santa Specials 6th, 13th & 20th December – sold out, waiting list available
6 Dec 2020 - 20 Dec 2020
A magical Christmas treat for children up to 10 years old.
Steam trains from Brockford Station to ‘North Pole Halt.’ Each child meets Santa at his Christmas Guards Van and receives a present. After your journey, stop and watch the model layout, the steam traction engine and listen to the Dutch Street organ.
New Covid-19 Compliant Compartment Booking System
Advanced bookings only. For full details of how to book and Covid-19 requirements go to the Santa Special pages of this site.
New Year’s Day Steam & Light Festival
1 Jan 2021 - 1 Jan 2021
Join us on 1st January for your first steam train ride of the year and visit the Historical Lighting Association’s displays around the Middy – a superb setting for vintage oil lamps dating from the mid-Victorian era and as used in practical work places to the grand houses of the time
A fascinating visit for families and railfans alike.
NB: All visits must be booked in advance.
Bookings will be for an individual compartment with a minimum charge of £20.00 per compartment for up to 4 persons. Compartments can take a maximum of 8 people – subject to current Covid-19 Government restrictions. Above 4 people will be charged at £5.00 per additional person, thus 5 people in a compartment £25.00, and 6 people in a compartment £30.00.
Booking details will be available on this web site shortly.
While the MSLR endeavours to provide the advertised service and motive power where possible, sometimes this may not be possible. Preserved locomotives and rolling stock can be temperamental, meaning late changes may occasionally be necessary. The MSLR and/or MTC cannot be held responsible for any disappointment or inconvenience caused by any amendments or cancellations to services made at short notice.