Visit Us & What’s On

All of our events will remain Covid aware and compliant with current guidelines.

Please take a few moments to read the Visitor Information page   https://www.mslr.org.uk/pre-visit-information/

Forthcoming Events

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 cannot be held responsible for any disappointment or inconvenience caused by any amendments or cancellations to services made at short notice.

2024 Events Programme

12th May – Steam Railway & Eastern Counties Motor Club Day
26th/27th May – Middy in the 1940s *
2nd June – Steam Railway Day & Old Ram Vintage Tractor Club visit
9th June – Steam Railway & ’0’ Gauge Models Day
16th June – Steam Railway & Art Exhibition Day*
23rd June – Steam Railway & East Anglian Practical Classics Day
30th June Steam Railway & Vintage Bus Day *
7th July – Steam Railway & Land Rover Day
14th July – Steam Railway & Museum History & Research Day Plus Harley Owners Group Iceni Chapter visit
21st July – Steam Railway & Suffolk Craft Fair
28th July – Steam Railway & Norfolk & Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers Day
4th August – Steam Railway & Mogfriends (Morgan) Car Club Day
11th August – Steam Railway & Big Bus Day *
18th August – Steam Railway & BMW & Royal Enfield Motor-cycles Day
25th/26th August – Model Mania & Hornby Collectors Club Days
1st September – ‘Everything Goes’ Day *
27th October – Steam Railway Day & Vintage & Bygones Exhibition & Fair *
7th/8th/14th/15th/21st/22nd December Santa Specials
1st January 2025 – New Year’s Steam Up & Historic Lighting Exhibition*

* NB Dates with an asterisk will have Eastern Counties Bus Preservation Group shuttle services from Stowmarket Station to and from the MSLR Station at Brockford.

Middy in the 1940s

26 May 2024 - 27 May 2024

Middy in the 1940s brings history alive and makes a great day out for families and enthusiasts alike – an exhibition of how it was in those extraordinary end of war days. Including, of course, steam train rides in veteran Great Eastern Railway 4-wheel coaches. Our resident steam locomotive 1910 built  Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST no.1219 ‘Caledonia Works’ will be in steam.

The celebration will include a wide range of re-enactors including displays of memorabilia and a long list of military and vintage vehicles plus on Sunday 26th May (weather permitting), there will be a fly past by a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Plus this year we are hosting the USAAF 34th Bomb Group’s museum showing a range of historic artefacts and memorabilia from their days at RAF Mendlesham.

On Monday 27th there will be live performances from Dad’s Army re-enactors featuring ‘Captain Mainwaring’

There will also be 1940s style live music on both days from Sarah Mai. 

This is an entertaining and enjoyable event and you can stay as long as you like and ride the trains as many times as you like. 

Tickets are on sale through the Middy website and will also be available on the day at the Ticket Office. Adults: £14.00, children under 16 £8.00, families (2 + 2) £36.00 

Open 10.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. 

Displays will include:

The Home Guard 

Soil Cinderellas Women’s Land Army display 

WVS “Make do & Mend” 

George’s Boys USAAF airforce re-enactors 

Norfolk Forties Society re-enactors 

Home Guard Firearms Civil Defenders Re-enactment Group 

A wide selection of WW2 era military and civilian vehicles. 

Trade Stands – Assorted military memorabilia – 40’s clothes, crockery, etc. 

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast (26th only) 

Dad’s Army (27th only)

Live 1940’s style music both days with Sarah Mai 

The USAAF 34th Bomb Group Museum

And, of course, trains will be running and all the Middy facilities will be open.

Plus the Eastern Counties Bus Preservation Group will be operating their FREE shuttle service from Stowmarket Station to the Middy Station during both days for us.

Bar Open

Steam Railway Day & Old Ram Vintage Tractor Club visit

2 Jun 2024 - 2 Jun 2024

This will be a typical Middy open day featuring our guest locomotive Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST no. 1219 ‘Caledonia Works’. She was delivered new to Stewart & Lloyd Ltd in 1910 at their Clydesdale Works in Mossend near Motherwell and restored to steam at Williton on the West Somerset Railway in early 2016. Seen (right) at her home railway.

This pretty little loco will be a real asset to the Middy and, although the type never ran on the original line, she is very much of the Edwardian period and suits us perfectly. A tough shunter quite up to the job of hauling Middy two and three coach trains.

Also we are very pleased that the Od Ram Vintage Tractor Club will be joining us today bringing their ancient and often delightful machines to display on the station concourse. We look forward to their annual display – a welcome added attraction for Middy visitors.

All the Middy normal facilities will be open, Museum, tea room Restoration Shed and real ale bar and you can ride the trains of our genuine Victorian 4 wheeled coaches as often as you like.

Bar Open

Steam Railway & The Big ‘0’ Gauge Model Railway Show

9 Jun 2024 - 9 Jun 2024

The Big ‘O’ Show. In a first for the Middy we are staging an exclusively ‘O’ gauge model railway show on one of our Steam Railway Days. Some of the best modellers in this scale will be bringing examples of their building and layout skills and have put together a mix of layouts, displays, demonstrations and traders to show how viable this scale is for home use. And there will be a special emphasis on answering questions and giving advice to anyone who cares to ask.

There will, of course, be steam trains running and all the normal Middy facilities of Museum, tea room, Restoration Shed visits and real ale bar open, but it its possible that, for once, models will create more excitement than the real thing!

Bar Open

Steam Railway & Railway Art Exhibition Day

16 Jun 2024 - 16 Jun 2024

Fathers Day and an another special day at the Middy when we host the second exhibition of railway art by Malcolm Root, the Vice Chairman of the Guild of Railway Artists.

Probably Malcolm’s most recognisable work to MSLR visitors is ‘Middy Memories’, a brilliant scene of the branch engine J15 65447 at Laxfield at the end of the line (illustrated here as the featured image). He will be on hand today to answer questions about his techniques, work and his extraordinary ability to bring railway scenes to life like few others can. It is no wonder he has been  a successful railway artist for over 40 years.

And, of course, trains will be running and all the Middy facilities will be open.

Plus the Eastern Counties Bus Preservation Group will be operating their shuttle service from Stowmarket Station to the Middy Station during the day for us.

All in all a very special day indeed.

Bar Open

Steam Railway Day & East Anglian Practical Classics visit

23 Jun 2024 - 23 Jun 2024

Yet another return visit from the East Anglian Practical Classics Motor Club. The Middy Station concourse will be filled with vehicles with a distinctly nostalgic air. Probably less of the “Corr look at that” , and more of the “I had one of those”, but delightful nonetheless. A show of pride in the horseless carriage.

Needless to say whilst indulging in a trip down memory lane, the Middy will be offering the usual attractive package of rides on a steam train as often as you like and refreshments from the tea room or the real ale bar and the Museum and Restoration Shed will be open for visits too.

 

Bar Open

Steam Railway & Vintage Bus Day

30 Jun 2024 - 30 Jun 2024

The middy is very pleased to announce their 2nd Vintage Bus Day with an array of delightful old friends most of which were with us last year as seen in the line up below.

We are also pleased to say that there will be rides around the adjacent countryside on several of them and we will also have the Eastern Counties Bus Preservation Group shuttle service from Stowmarket Station during the day.

And , whilst the emphasis will be on road vehicles, the Middy Steam trains will be running all day, you can ride as often as you like. Plus the Museum, tea room, Restoration Shed and real ale Middy Bar will also be open.

This will be a real transport treasury for bus fans, rail fans and families.

Standard prices apply.

 

Bar Open

Steam Railway & Land Rover Day

7 Jul 2024 - 7 Jul 2024

A different Land Rover Day this year as we have combined both military and civilian models into one show. This should give visitors a better impression of the number of variations which have been made to this iconic British design over the years. The Land Rover Series 1 entered production in 1948 and, although the inspiration was from WW11 jeeps, it was the first ever 4-wheel drive civilian vehicle. The Middy was still in operation for another 4 years when the first Land Rovers were making their presence felt in agricultural and light industrial use.

So, of course, the Middy will be running steam trains today with all the Museum attractions open as usual – tea room, Restoration Shed visits, and real ale bar, plus the picnic area at Dovebrook where a special Land Rover display will be taking place.

 

 

Bar Open

Steam Railway & Museum History & Research Day + Norfolk Harley Owners Group visit

14 Jul 2024 - 14 Jul 2024

A steam railway day with a difference in that the Museum takes centre stage with a their first History and Research Day. Members of the Archive team will be on hand to answer questions or to help find answers to any visitor queries about the MSLR and how it served the community, why it was built and how it survived so long against the odds.

Also today we will be visited by the Iceni Chapter of the Harley Davidson Owners Group from Norfolk. A chance to see these wonderful machines up close and to talk to their owners and riders.

Even with all this additional activity, visitors can still enjoy the Middy and all its facilities with as many steam hauled rides in the genuine Victorian Great Eastern Railway coaches as they like.

Bar Open