We are pleased to say that the 2021 programme was a great success and all of the events during the summer happened smoothly and caused no particular unexpected problems, thanks mainly to the efforts of the Middy Events Team.
Above is our programme for 2022, which show a full range of activities starting New Year’s Day. Of course at present nothing can be guaranteed, but as things improve we will be doing our best to keep you informed through these pages. The main issues arising for the MSLR in terms of Covid-19 precautions and, as an accredited museum and registered charity, is 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, have been 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.
We will continue to offer our successful pre-booking service through this web site and we hope to open for ‘walk in’ visitors again for the 2022 programme. However, we will continue to abide by Government guidelines for safe opening. We look forward to seeing visitors back at the Middy and enjoying our unique railway experience.
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.
Steam Railway & Land Rover Day
3 Jul 2022 - 3 Jul 2022
Welcome to ‘Wissington’ Hudswell Clarke no.1700. This will be the 0-6-0’s first day back with us and will be the main motive power for the rest of the year. Beyer Peacock No.1 will still be here today and both locos will be in steam. A great photo opportunity.
Also welcome back to the Land Rover owners, who join us again to show off their examples of this truly British marque. All the usual suspects and, perhaps, some very rare beasts indeed like the Falkland Islands Fire & Rescue Service 6-wheeler that joined us last year.
Plus the Middy steam train rides including a shunting demonstration at Dovebrook with the 13.00 train, Museum, cafe, bar and Restoration Shed visits making this a memorable day out for families and enthusiasts alike.
Steam Railway and Morris Minor Owners Club Day
10 Jul 2022 - 10 Jul 2022
Steam Railway and BMW and Norwich Vintage Motor Cycle Club Day
17 Jul 2022 - 17 Jul 2022
NEW – Steam Railway Day plus East Anglian Traction Engine Society Road Run
20 Jul 2022 - 20 Jul 2022
Attention all steam fans! A great new extra day for our 2022 programme has been confirmed. The Middy has been chosen as a stopping point during the East Anglian Traction Engine Society Route 66 Road Run. During the day we will be visited by dozens of traction engines from one of the oldest and largest traction engine societies as they make their sedate way from the Grange Mechanical Music Collection in Palgrave to Woolpit.
Needless to say they won’t all be on site at once, but they will appear one by one or in small groups between 10.30 and 16.00, rather like the one pictured on this page. Watching them negotiating the entry to Brockford Station concourse as they arrive will definitely be part of the fun.
Our own duty steam loco will also be in operation, together with the usual Middy facilities, to make this a truly entertaining day.
Normal Steam Railway Day prices will be in operation.
Note different opening time 10.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Steam Railway Day and Norfolk & Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers Show
24 Jul 2022 - 24 Jul 2022
Today we welcome back the popular Norfolk & Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers group who were with us last year with examples of their excellent and interesting work .
There will be narrow gauge layouts in operation in the Restoration Shed, Museum Rooms and workshop, plus an SM-32 garden railway with model live steam locos.
We will also be visited by the Halesworth to Southwold Narrow Gauge Railway Society to hear of their progress in restoring that legendary line and, of course, all the Middy facilities will be open with steam train rides available throughout the day. Also including a single wagon shunt operated by ‘Shreddie’ between the coal stage and cattle dock and a shunting demonstration with the 13.00 train at Dovebrook.
31 Jul 2022 - 31 Jul 2022
You can go for some time without an anniversary and then three come along at once. 20 years ago the new Middy ran its first steam trains and, as Andrew Cullum’s superb picture shows, with the North Norfolk’s J15 disguised as no. 65447, the branch engine, it was as if the line had never closed. Just 10 years earlier when the Museum was founded in 1992 and work started to clear the brambles. only 50 years after the original Middy had closed on the 26th July 1952.toda
So we are celebrating today 70 years ago, 30 years ago and 20 years ago with a day of music of the period courtesy of Kitty Collins, visitors in period costumes costumes and other delights including the Middy refreshment room and real ale bar.
The train engine will be ‘Wissington’ which belongs to the earlier period of the MSLR as it is very similar to the line’s original Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T motive power from the beginning until the LNER takeover.
We will also be visited by the Roman Roadsters Car Club Colchester’s Alternative Vehicle Group, who will be bringing an eclectic collection of road vehicles of all shapes and sizes. A good mix of classic and retro vehicles is assured.
Steam Railway and Classic Vintage Bus Day
7 Aug 2022 - 7 Aug 2022
Growing in popularity, this event will be hosting number of attractive vintage vehicles, some of which, including the Ipswich Transport Museum’s Dennis Ace (TBC), will be offering rides off site.
All Middy attractions will be open/on show including the 13.00 train shunting demonstration at Dovebrook.
Steam Railway and Steam Punk Day
14 Aug 2022 - 14 Aug 2022
After their first visit last year, the Steam Punk fraternity immediately booked to come back again, so they obviously enjoyed themselves. With their wild and wonderful costumes and eager enthusiasm, so did we.
A feature of Middy Steam Railway Days this year has been the regular irregular appearances of our Chairman, John Stark, giving his guided tours and one is scheduled for today, although to be confirmed. As far as we know he is not a steam punk, but in his Chairman’s outfit, he could easily be taken for one. But if you want to know more about the Middy there is no better source information.
Our Museum, Refreshment Room, Restoration Shed, shop and real ale bar will all be open too.