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Special event proves model trains and tractors still fascinate in the modern age

PUBLISHED: 19:11 05 August 2018 | UPDATED: 19:11 05 August 2018

Some of the tractors on show at the Mid Suffolk Light Railway special event Picture: PAUL GEATER

Some of the tractors on show at the Mid Suffolk Light Railway special event Picture: PAUL GEATER

Paul Geater

Visitors braved the heat to go to the Mid Suffolk Light Railway’s special event for model train enthusiasts and tractor owners on Sunday.

The event also featured model train displays Picture: PAUL GEATERThe event also featured model train displays Picture: PAUL GEATER

Displays of Hornby train sets dating back to the 1950s were on show – proving that the tiny trains still have the ability to fascinate youngsters in this day and age.

At lunchtime the visitors were joined by a cavalcade of historic tractors dating from the 1940s to the 1970s – all lovingly restored and maintained by their enthusiast owners.

The Middy is still unable to run steam trains because of the dry weather and fears that sparks from the engine could blow into nearby fields – but visitors did take the opportunity to go for a ride on a diesel-hauled train. The line’s diesel shunter is an historic machine in its own right.

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