Middy in the 40’s

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.

26th & 27th May 2024

Middy in the 1940s 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 and ‘personalities’ to help create a great 1940’s atmosphere.

This year 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.

Plus a Spitfire flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on Sunday 26th (weather permitting) and performances from a Dad’s Army troupe on Monday 27th.

Both days will feature 1940s style music with Sarah Mai

And this year we have with us for the season the USAAF 34th Bomb Group Museum with a historic range of artefacts and memorabilia from their days at RAF Mendlesham on show.

If you feel like donning some 40’s attire there is 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.

Book Your Tickets

We are now taking applications from exhibitors for our 2024 Middy in the 40’s event. If you are interested in attending please follow the on-line booking link below or contact events@mslr.org.uk for a form. Early booking is advised as this is a popular event and once the spaces are filled we are unable to accept additional exhibitors on the day. Please note that we are only accepting applications if you have an item to exhibit.

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