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Suffolk: Middy set for busy steam season

PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 April 2014

Mid Suffolk Light Railway opens its doors ahead of its Easter opening. 
Pictured Dr Dan Poulter MP

Mid Suffolk Light Railway opens its doors ahead of its Easter opening. Pictured Dr Dan Poulter MP

Suffolk MP Dr Dan Poulter couldn’t resist the opportunity to get behind the controls of a steam locomotive as the Mid Suffolk Light Railway showed itself off to launch its 2014 season.

The Middy – Suffolk’s only standard gauge steam railway – has been running steam trains on a 400-metre stretch of track at Wetheringsett since 2002.

Now it is hoping to expand over the next few years and invited councillors, tourist managers, and Dr Poulter to a special open event to show its progress.

The heritage line recreates the light railway that ran from Haughley Junction to a field at Cratfield until it was closed in 1952.

Dr Poulter was shown the footplate of its resident locomotive “Wissington” which was pulling two historic carriages that have been lovingly restored.

The MP welcomed the development of the line and said it should provide a welcome boost to tourism in the area.

Emergency services were called to an incident in Stoke-by-Nayland where a car overturned and ended up on its roof.

A hugely popular Suffolk band competition which champions new musical talent will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year.

Firefighters tackled a two-car blaze in Haverhill after a suspect was seen setting one alight by a member of the public.

A damning dossier compiled by a senior whistleblower from the region’s ambulance trust has claimed at least 40 patients died or were harmed due to delays over Christmas and New Year - including one person who froze to death.

A celebrity hairdresser visited West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds to give a masterclass to students and answer questions on the industry.

Two high-end cycles – worth £10,000 in total – were stolen after burglars broke into a garage in Elmsett, near Hadleigh.

Staff and students at Colchester Academy are celebrating their success after the school received its first ever ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection.

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