Britain’s railways played a major role in the war effort and the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway was no different, coming into its own after 1942 when the USAAF moved into the airfields at Mendlesham and Horham. The Middy had never been so busy and never would be again after the war ended, so this event is our tribute to those who served to preserve freedom both at home and overseas in those dark years between 1939 and 1945.
A steaming success aided by fabulous weather – see news page.
Middy in the War Years has grown from small beginnings to become one of the largest events in the railway’s calendar and, along with the many visiting displays and vehicles, we are joined by a number of quality re-enactors to help create a great 1940’s atmosphere.
Despite having to ‘tone down’ this year’s event we still had plenty for visitors to view when they walked around the site ranging from Vintage Stalls, informative displays from the AWEA and the WLA and a cosy 40’s ‘front room’ display complete with the Make Do and Mend ladies as well as a diverse range of Military and Civilian vehicles.
And for the first time, a re-enactment group of German Mountain Troops. Plus of course steam train rides in genuine Victorian 4-wheel coaches..
Middy in the War Years brings history alive and makes a great day out for families and enthusiasts alike. We look forward to staging the show again next year – dates to be advised as soon as possible.
2021 Middy in the War years included:-
- The Home Guard
- German Mountain Troops reenactment group
- WVS “Make do & Mend”.
- American Women in East Anglia during WW2 Institute
- Home Guard Firearms
- Civil Defenders Re-enactment Group
- A varied selection of WW2 era military and civilian vehicles.
- Firepower demonstrations.
- 2 Vintage Stalls – Assorted militriana – 40’s clothes, crockery, etc.
- Film: RAF Waddington Berlin Raid
If you feel like donning some 40’s attire we have a fantastic local company who do a wide range of civilian and military costumes https://masqueradeshop.co.uk/
Restrictions on attire: Please read.
Naturally we want all our visitors to have a great day out, so there are restrictions on the wearing of uniforms and insignia that might be likely to cause controversy and upset to our visitors. Following the guidelines outlined by the Heritage Railway Association, the Middy will not permit access to visitors or re-enactors who are attired as Schutzstaffel staff, Allgemeine SS forces, Waffen-SS or who wear any uniform or clothing displaying the Totenkopf (Deaths’ Head) symbol, red armbands emblazoned with the swastika or any other overt Nazi insignia.