Suffolk’s only full-size heritage railway will be hosting the largest event in it’s history this summer as it celebrates ten years of running trains.
The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway was formed in 1991 and started running steam trains in 2002, now the registered charity is planning to hold Suffolk’s first ever steam gala at its Brockfrod Station base featuring up to three locomotives.
The three-day event takes place on July 27th, 28th and 29th, the closest date to another anniversary, 60 years since the original line’s closure.
There will also be a visit by the Barton House miniature railway as an added attraction. Press Officer Edmund Crosthwaite said of the event, “It is the first time we have attempted to run an event this big so we are determined to make it a success. There will be an intensive passenger timetable as well as demonstrations goods and engineering trains using all available engines.
“A lot of the programme includes things we haven’t done on open days before so there will be something for everyone to see, whether you’ve visited us every year we’ve run trains or you’ve never been before. Preparations have been ongoing since last summer to make sure we appeal to families, tourists and railway enthusiasts alike.”
The event is also an opportunity for the museum to showcase how far it has come since its creation and the work of its volunteers.
Mr Crosthwaite said, “We have a very dedicated group of people who run and support the railway in their spare time so the gala will be a celebration of their contributions and achievements as well.
“And it’s not too late to get involved, we are always looking for more people to help us, particularly at the moment as Porters and Station Masters, and in our cafe and bar.”
More details about the gala will be announced over the coming months but anyone wanting to volunteer at the MSLR can contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator through its website, www.mslr.org.uk.
• 3rd, 4th and 5th June – The Laxfield Thunderbolt.Steam train rides and a celebration of the Ealing Comedy film The Titfield Thunderbolt.
• 17th June – Moving the Goods, steam train rides with demonstrations on how railways transported freight.