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/

2024 Events Programme

We will be publishing our complete programme for the year in a short while. In the meantime we can confirm many old favourites will be back along with some new ideas and attractions.

Confirmed to date are as follows:-


 

2024 will also see the FREE shuttle bus service from Stowmarket Station provided by the Eastern Counties Bus Preservation Group as piloted on New Year’s Day, extended to cover selected Steam Railway days (see What’s On listing) and, once a month, to Friday Bar nights.

We will also be experimenting with ‘book-in-advance’ brake van trains, at the end of the programme, dates to be confirmed.

At the time of writing our steam locomotive roster is coming together well with a first time guest locomotive now announced as 1910 Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST no. 1219 ‘Caledonia Works’, the Cockerill tram has already passed its boiler inspection, plus further advances on the Y7 and 1604 restorations .

There may still be issues arising for the MSLR in terms of Covid-19 precautions and, as an accredited museum and registered charity, we must maintain hygiene and cleaning arrangements, plus the assessment and protection of members of the public and vulnerable volunteers.

The numerous practical control measures have been 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, we will, of course, continue to abide by Government guidelines for safe opening.

We are open for ‘walk in’ visitors for the 2024 programme or you can use our pre-booking service, when available, through this web site.

We look forward to seeing visitors at the Middy enjoying our unique railway experience.

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.

Easter Steam Up

31 Mar 2024 - 1 Apr 2024

Steaming into Spring at The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway

This will be the first big weekend of the 2024 season.

The Easter Weekend emphasis will be on entertainment for families with children. The Middy facilities will all be open including train rides, MSLR museum, visits to the Restoration Shed, souvenir shop, café and the Middy real ale bar. Plus there will be Easter Bunny hunts with Easter eggs as prizes for younger visitors.

Duty locomotives will be the guest loco 1910 Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST no.1219  and the Heritage Railway Association’s Restoration Award wining Fowler diesel mechanical ‘Shreddie’, the Shredded Wheat Factory shunter.

Visitors will also be able to see progress on the restoration of the railway’s own locomotive, Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0ST 1604 in the Lottery Funded Restoration Shed. Work is also continuing to progress on the extension of the line to just over twice its current length to a new build destination station, to be called Aspall Halt.

The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, 2015’s Suffolk Museum of the year, offers a fascinating picture of what life was like on and around a rural railway during the early part of the last century. It will be a great day out for families and railfans alike.

Bar Open

Steam Railway Day with Eastern Counties Motor Club visit

12 May 2024 - 12 May 2024

A Steam Railway Day with plenty of added interest provided by our visitors from the Easter Counties Motor Club with some 40 plus special vehicles arriving from 11.00a.m onwards. The ECMC is the first of a number of vehicle clubs who will be visiting us this summer.

Bar Open

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. Both our resident steam locomotives will be in steam – guest loco 1910 built  Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST no.1219 ‘Caledonia Works’ and the 1906 Cockerill vertical boilered Belgian tram.

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 one of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s historic aircraft. 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 will be 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) 

Live 1940’s style music both days with Sarah Mai 

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 & ‘0’ Gauge Model Railway Show

9 Jun 2024 - 9 Jun 2024

In a first for the Middy we are staging an exclusively ‘0’ 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 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