The Mid Suffolk Light Railway Workshop is in the process of completing the restoration of their third ex-Great Eastern Railway four- wheeled carriage and the railway will be able to run three coach trains again for the first time since 1952.
The newly restored vehicle dates from 1863 and was originally built as a first class smoking coach. How times have changed. Coach 140 (it’s original G.E.R. number) represents another huge achievement for the workshop team at Brockford and is a major addition to the Middy’s collection of historic vehicles, which also includes the oldest known railway horsebox, returned to traffic on the line in 2014.
The Mid Suffolk Light Railway have published a new history of the Museum as it is today. It’s the story of how a small group of dedicated enthusiasts’ perseverance paid off to establish Suffolk’s only standard gauge preserved heritage railway and create the growing attraction of the Museum and railway we have today. Priced at £3.95 this booklet is available from the Middy shop or, by post, please send a cheque for £4.65 payable to the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, to ‘The First 25 Years’, MSLR, Brockford Station, Wetheringsett, Suffolk IP14 5PW. The Railway has also just published a free Visitor’s Guide to help people find their way around the growing site.
The Mid Suffolk Light Railway will be staging another of their popular Hornby Collectors days on Sunday 7th August, but the main difference is that it will be the first event to be staged in the new Heritage Lottery funded engine shed, which is now in situ at the Brockford Station site.
One result of the new venue and being fully under cover the Hornby Fair will this year feature more layouts and swap and sales stands and a Meccano display. The Middy is also setting up their own Model Railway exhibit in a reconditioned coach. The Model depicts the Brockford Station layout in
0 gauge and is the work of the highly regarded railway modeler, Peter Wilde.
The day will also feature two locos in steam and all the usual Middy facilities, Museum, tea room, souvenir shop, trackside walk and real ale bar, The Kitchener Arms.
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