Starting from the 28th May and running until the 28th August every Sunday and Bank Holidays, the Mid Suffolk Light Railway will be running three coaches on all their regular trains during the summer schedule for the first time since the line closed in 1952.
The additional vehicle this year is the newly restored 1863 first class smoking coach and represents another huge achievement for the workshop team at Brockford. Coach 140 (it’s original Great Eastern Railway number) is laid out rather like three salons in a gentleman’s club, now open to both ladies and gentlemen but smoking, of course, is no longer allowed.
The full ‘Middy’ experience with all parts of the Brockford Station site, including the museum itself, souvenir shop, cafe, model railway and real ale bar coach, The Kitchener Arms, are open when the trains are running. And once you have your ticket you can ride the line as many times as you like. Steam trains run throughout open days from 11am to approximately 4.30pm.
With its unique atmosphere, the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway was the 2015 Suffolk Museum of the Year and 2012 winner of the Heritage Railway Association’s Interpretation Award. Ironically, busier than it ever was when the line was open, the MSLR offers a fascinating picture of what life was like on and around a rural railway during the early part of the last century.
For the full programme and entry prices see www.mslr.org.uk