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Rail ‘n’ ale weekend with touch of ‘Thunderbolt’

The 30th and 31st August will see the staging of The Mid Suffolk Light Railway’s popular beer festival when some of the best local real ales will be on offer from the railway’s bar coach, The Kitchener Arms. In addition for this weekend as an extra attraction visitors will also be able to sample some railway themed beers on a moving train – a first for the Middy.

P1010419The idea was triggered by the famous railway comedy of 1953, ‘The Titfield Thunderbolt’ when to obtain funding to keep their local railway open, wealthy Walter Valentine (Stanley Holloway) is persuaded by villagers they can legally operate a bar while the train is running, so he will not have to wait all morning for the local pub to open. Needless to say, after many adventures in story, the ruse is a success and the Light Railway Order is granted.

Times may have changed and it is not so difficult to obtain refreshment these days, but like so
many villages, Wetheringsett no longer has it’s own pub. But unlike other villages, it does have
it’s own railway, which is also Suffolk Museum of the Year as a next door neighbour.
So Wetheringsett can at least have a part time real ale bar as the railway is pleased to make a
neighbourly contribution to the local community by opening Friday evenings for villagers to
enjoy a pint.

The Middy runs steam trains every summer Sunday and Bank Holiday until 31st August, when all the visitor facilities will also be open including museum, shop, café, trackside walk and of course, real ale bar. Locomotive cab rides for just £10.00 are also on offer on selected days.

This will be the last major event of The Middy’s summer programme and the railway is already taking bookings for Santa Specials.

For the full programme and entry prices see www.mslr.org.uk


Event: Rail’n’ale Weekend

Venue: Brockford Station, Wetheringsett, near Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 5PW

Date : 30th and 31st August 2015

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