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’, a fine example of rural English history, now resurrected as Suffolk’s only standard gauge railway museum and, ironically, is probably busier now than it ever was. Today’s ‘Middy’ and its Museum is not just a treat for enthusiasts, but a genuine look back at how a rural railway served it’s community up to 100 years ago.
At Brockford Station there are original buildings, passenger and goods vehicles, displays, artefacts and exhibitions showing the history of the Middy. The works for restoration and maintenance of vehicles and rebuilding of the MSLR’s own locomotive is also at Brockford. Other on-site facilities include the MSLR Museum, café, shop and real ale bar coach, The Kitchener Arms.
The railway offers steam train rides in genuine Great Eastern Railway 4-wheel coaches along 1/4 mile of track from Brockford Station to Dovebrook, where the track side walk follows the route of the next ambitious project – the extension of the line to more than double the current length.
At present there are three steam locomotives in residence, including the rare and fascinating Cockerill Belgian tram engine. This locomotive is a vertical boilered well tank over 100 years old, having been built in 1906. The tram engine joins ex Central Electricity Generating Board Bagnall saddle tank, works no. 2565 and our latest recruit LNER no. 985, one of two surviving Y7 0-4-0 tank engines built to a North Eastern Railway design of 1888.
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