Visitors to the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway’s Rail ‘n’ Ale event this weekend will be able to make the trip to the museum by bus.
The event on Sunday 26 and Bank Holiday Monday 27 August features steam train rides and eight gravity dispensed real ales, al sourced from local breweries.
And on the Monday of the event a special bus service will make two return from Stowmarket railway station to the ‘Middy’ so visitors can sample the beers without having to drive in.
The bus will leave Stowmarket at 11:45 and 14:45, with the return journey’s from the Middy at 14:00 and 16:45, all journeys being timed to join up with mainline trains from Ipswich, Norwich and Cambridge.
There is no cost for the bus though donations would be welcomed, and no booking is required to use the service.
The MSLR has also announced an additional steaming day in September not in its promotional leaflet. Sunday September 23 will see the museum running steam train rides as well as the usual opening of its shop, cafe and bar.
Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum is Suffolk’s only standard gauge heritage railway and was set up in 1991 on the site of Brockford Station to preserve the memory of the line. It operates steam trains on selected days of the year on a 450 yard line using restored, vintage rolling stock. The museum is a registered charity supported by its commercial arm, the Middy Trading Company and is run by approximately 80 volunteers, most of which are from Suffolk and its neighbouring counties. The MSLRM is funded by grants, donations and money raised through open days and other special events.