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2020 EVENTS PROGRAMME

The 2020 programme is shown below and more details will be shown on these pages closer to operating dates.

12th & 13th April – Easter Steam Up

8th May – VE Day Celebration

9th & 10th May – Middy in the War Years

24th & 25th May – Everything Goes – Steam & Diesel

31st May – Steam Railway Day

7th June – Steam Railway Day

14th June – Steam Railway Day

21st June – Steam Railway Day & Father’s Day

28th June – Steam Railway Day & East Anglian Practical Classics

5th July – Steam Railway Day and Land Rover Day

12th July – Steam Railway Day

19th July – Steam Railway Day

26th July – Steam Railway Day  & Norfolk & Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers

2nd August – Steam Railway Day

9th August – Steam Railway Day

16th August – Steam Railway Day

23rd August – Steam Railway Day

30th & 31st August – Model Mania & Hornby Collectors

5th & 6th September – Country Railway Gala

5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th & 20th December – Santa Specials

1st January – New Year’s Steam & Light

Trains on operating days will be steam hauled unless stated otherwise. Our museum, shop, refreshment room, model railway and our real ale bar, the Kitchener Arms will all normally be open on train operating days.

Normal entry prices: adult £10.00, child (under 16) £5.00, concession £8.00, family (2+2) £25.00, (except special events and Santa Specials).

Opening times are 10.30am – 5pm*. Trains typically run every 20 minutes on operating days with a break for train crew lunch between 1.00 and 2.00p.m, though this may vary for some special events.

*Train service commences at 11.00 and the last return train times may vary between 3.30 and 4.30. 

For latest information on times and prices check the What’s On pages.

Find Us

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.

What’s On

Easter Steam Up

12 Apr 2020 - 13 Apr 2020

Steaming into Spring at The Mid Suffolk Light Railway

The first big weekend of the 2020 season at The Middy, Suffolk’s only standard gauge preserved railway is the Easter Steam-Up Sunday April 12th and Monday 13th April.

Together with steam train rides in genuine Victorian 4-wheeled coaches, all the railway and museum facilities including the museum, shop, café and Restoration Shed and the Middy’s real ale bar coach, The Kitchener Arms, will be open for business. PLUS there will be Easter Bunny hunts for younger visitors – a great day out for families and railfans alike.

Normal entry prices: adult £10.00, child (under 16) £5.00, concession £8.00, family (2+2) £25.00

Bar Open

VE Day Celebration

8 May 2020 - 8 May 2020

In common with rest of the United Kingdom, The Middy will be staging celebrations to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. We will be bringing together local groups, including children from Wetheringsett School, the Laxfield Community Choir and many other re-enactors  to recreate the day peace was declared after nearly six years of war.

The Middy will be decked out in full street party mode and all the facilities will be in operation, including steam trains and two locomotives in steam.

Details will be added to this page as they are confirmed but we will be following the national template as far as possible including a piper playing ‘The Battle’s O’er at 3.00p.m.

Opening time: 10.30 – 17.00

VE Day only prices: adult £12.00, child (under 16) £ 6.00, concessions (over 65) £10.00, families (2+2) £30.00

Two days: VE Day + one Middy in the War Years Day: adult £20.00, child 10.00, concession 316.00, family £50.00

Three days: VE Day + both Middy in the War Years Days: adult £25.00, child £15.00, concession £20, family £60.00

Bar Open

Middy in the War Years

9 May 2020 - 10 May 2020

 How it was in the 1940s Steam trains, military vehicles, displays, visiting re-enacting soldiers, sailors and airmen, perhaps even a famous face or two.

And on Sunday 10th May we will also have two 45 minute sets from the accomplished singer Lisa Day singing vintage hits from the big band swing era.

Again we hope to have a fly past from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (weather permitting).

Thanks to the nearby USAF bases, the Middy was never busier than in the war years and it was then that the track was upgraded to take the additional traffic thus effectively becoming no longer a light railway.

One day ticket price: adult £12.00, child (under 16) £6.00, concession £10.00, family £30.00

Two day ticket price: adult £20.00, child £10.00, concession £16.00, family £50.00

Three day ticket including VE Day: adult £25.00, child £15.00, concession £20.00, family 60.00.

 

                                   

 

Bar Open

Everything Goes

24 May 2020 - 25 May 2020

This year the Middy is privileged to host three resident steam locomotives, North Eastern Railway designed Y7 0-4-0T LNER no. 985 of 1923, 1936 Bagnall 0-4-0ST no. 2565 now named ‘Nick’ after it late owner and, thirdly, the vertical boilered Cockerill 1906 Belgian tram loco no.2525.

Although no diesel ever ran on the Middy in a revenue earning capacity, one was recorded as a contractor’s engine when the line was lifted 1953. This was a Ruston & Hornsby 48 DS and now we have one.

Previously owned by the late Sir William McAlpine and now called ‘Sir William’, this little Ruston has joined our bigger Ruston 165 DS which has been the Middy’s long stop loco for many years now.

The third diesel new to the Middy is the pretty Shredded Wheat Fowler shunter. Restored for its owner by two Middy volunteers, the Fowler has now been based at Brockford since last year.

As a treat for visitors, especially rail fans, this weekend will see all six locos in action.

Plus on Monday 25th May the East Suffolk Morris Men will again be performing for us – everything really does go!

Normal open day prices

Bar Open

Steam Railway Day

31 May 2020 - 31 May 2020

Steam Railway Day at the Middy. Regular trains will be running from 11.00 and once you have your ticket you can ride as often as you like.

All the Middy attractions will be open, but don’t miss a visit to the Restoration Shed to see progress on our own loco, Hudswell Clarke no. 1604 and the plans for the extension, which will eventually more than double the length of the line.

Normal Middy prices

Bar Open

Steam Railway Day

7 Jun 2020 - 7 Jun 2020

All the Middy attractions will be open and steam trains running from 11.00.

Normal Middy prices

 

Bar Open

Steam Railway Day

14 Jun 2020 - 14 Jun 2020

All the Middy attractions with steam trains running from 11.00.

 

Normal Middy prices

Bar Open

Steam Railway & Fathers Day

21 Jun 2020 - 21 Jun 2020

Fathers Day is also Suffolk Day and there are few better places in the County to really get the feel of old Suffolk and its slower pace of rural life

A great day for enjoying all the Middy has to offer with steam trains, Museum, cafe and real ale bar.

There will also be extra action on the line with demonstrations of how goods was moved in the first half of the 20th century.

Normal Middy prices

 

Real Ale Event

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.

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