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Mid Suffolk Light Railway hopes popularity will steam ahead after line extension approved

PUBLISHED: 12:19 19 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:39 19 February 2017

The Mid Suffolk Light Railway. Picture: LAWRIE ROSE

The Mid Suffolk Light Railway. Picture: LAWRIE ROSE

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The team behind a Suffolk heritage railway hopes it can become one of the county’s foremost attractions after it received approval for its extension plans.

The gateway to Wilby Halt, where the Mid Suffolk Light Railway will extend to. Picture: JOHN REEVEThe gateway to Wilby Halt, where the Mid Suffolk Light Railway will extend to. Picture: JOHN REEVE

The Mid Suffolk Light Railway (MSLR), known as the “Middy”, received permission to more than double its current length enabling it to offer vintage steam rides of more than a kilometre, once completed.

The new section on the Edwardian Railway will mean passengers can travel to a “destination” as the line will eventually terminate at Aspall Halt. MSLR chairman John Stark said: “2016 was the 25th Anniversary year of the rebirth of the Middy, which started out as a static museum to the much loved rural line. Now it’s one of Suffolk’s major tourist attractions and we were voted Suffolk Museum of the year in 2015. The Middy also recently featured on BBC2’s popular Great British Railway Journeys presented by Michael Portillo, giving a very welcome boost to our profile as the only standard gauge preserved railway in Suffolk.”

The Middy, which is staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers, recently completed the Heritage Lottery funded restoration loco shed, returning the historic 150 year old Great Eastern Railway First Class smoking coach to traffic.

This year’s season begins on April 16-17 with its Easter Steam Up, followed by the Middy in the War Years event on April 30 and May 1 featuring period military vehicles, displays and re-enactments.

For more information visit here or call 01449 766899.

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