On Sunday 24th The Middy will be testing the rolling chassis of their own loco, no.1604, one of the last working steam locomotives in East Anglia, for the first time since the major restoration began some years ago.
1604 will be coupled to the railway’s special guest locomotive, another Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0ST very similar in class to the MSLR engine, and pushed and pulled up and down the line in between the day’s passenger train running.
Work on the 90 year old engine has been coming on by leaps and bounds since the opening of the railway’s new lottery funded Restoration Shed last year. And, subject to this operation, work will then be concentrated on the last major component, the boiler, before returning to service at the end of 2019.
During the day all the railway’s usual attractions will be open from 11.00 to 17.00, the Museum, cafe, Restoration Shed, souvenir shop and real ale bar and, of course, visitors will be able to enjoy rides in genuine Victorian 4-wheel coaches pulled by one of the two engines in steam.
A fascinating day out for families and rail fans alike.
For more information visit www.mslr.org.uk.
Event: Special Restoration Engine Movement
Venue: The Mid Suffolk Light Railway
Dates: 24th June
Opening Times: 11.00 – 17.00 each day