Welcome to 'The Middy'
Suffolk's only preserved standard gauge heritage railway
Suffolk Museum of the Year 2014/5
Heritage Railway Association Interpretation Award Winners 2012
The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, affectionately known as "The Middy", was a classic case of a railway built too late for the great railway age and never paid its way. Indeed, it was effectively broke before it opened and the line was never fully completed, the rails just petering out in the middle of a field. But it still managed to struggle on against all odds for 50 years.
In 1991, after almost all traces of the line had disappeared, a group of enthusiasts decided that this country railway, once so important to the area should not be forgotten. 'The Middy', now resurrected as Suffolk's only standard gauge preserved railway and museum and is, ironically, probably busier than it ever was.
On a section of the original trackbed at Brockford the atmosphere of the MSLR has been recreated and in 2012 The MSLR became the Heritage Railway Association Interpretation Award Winners and in October 2014 Suffolk Museum of the Year.
Visitors can enjoy a steam train ride in our genuine Victorian 4-wheel coaches and perhaps even our 160 year old horsebox, from Brockford station, where we have original buildings, passenger and goods vehicles, displays, artefacts and exhibitions to Dovebrook 1/4 mile along the original route. You are assured a fascinating and informative visit.
In 2017 the Museum will be open between 11.00am and 5.00pm every summer Sunday and Bank holidays from 28th May until 28th August, plus our Steam Gala 9th & 10th September.
See our website for full 2017 programme.
Special Offers and Events
16th & 17th April - Easter Steam Up
The railway's first opening days of 2017. Two locos in steam and Easter egg hunts for the children plus all the Middy attractions; Museum, cafe/refreshment room, model railway coach and real ale bar, the Kitchener Arms.
30th April/1st May - Middy in the War Years.
‘Middy in the War Years’ is the big event of Mid Suffolk Light Railway’s calendar, when in addition to the railway attractions, there is a full programme of displays and re-enactments including visiting ‘soldiers, sailors and airmen’ with all their kit and vehicles and maybe even a major historical figure or two. And, of course, steam train rides all day with two locomotives in steam.
Special prices apply, see web site for details.
18th June - Continental Railway Day
Enjoy a Steam Railway Day when our Belgian tram engine will be in action and there will be lots of Continental goodies available including frites, waffles, Belgian chocolates and a selection of Continental beers in the Kitchener Arms. And its Father's Day.
9th & 10th September - Steam Gala
One of the highlights of our calendar with our three resident engines in steam plus a very special guest loco. Running to a special timetable for an intensive day of operations, the four locomotives will be working passenger and demonstration goods trains up and down the line. There will be a variety of other attractions, including road engines on display around Brockford station. More details and ticket prices will be released later.
Kids Love It!
Steam train rides
Unique Day Out