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.
28th & 29th May 2022
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.
There will be a grand array of displays and exhibits and, of course, many of our favourite re-enactors and ‘personalities’, including the friends from the German Alpine Corps, who joined us for the first time last summer.
This year will also feature some of the contributions made by women at the time with displays from and about the WVS, Women’s Land Army and American Women in East Anglia. There will be a range of military and civilian vehicles of the period and stalls selling everything from clothing, collectables, toys, military memorabilia, wartime paperwork and magazines. And a flypast from the Hawker Hurricane of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is scheduled for Saturday 28th May, as ever, subject to weather conditions,
Both days will feature 1940s style music from Kitty Collins on Saturday 28th May and the Laxfield Community Choir on Sunday 29th May.
Tickets are available from the Ticket Office on the day. The event is likely to be very busy but you can beat the queues by buying your tickets from this web site now https://www.mslr.org.uk/book tickets and then you’ll be fast-tracked through check-in on arrival
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.