Your chance to sponsor a sleeper in 'Middy' rail extension project

Could the Middy feature in forthcoming film productions? Picture: LAWRIE ROSE

The track for the 'Middy' is being extended - Credit: Lawrie Rose

A Wetheringsett railway museum is launching a campaign for the community to sponsor the sleepers which are being installed as part of its track extension project.

The team at the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum is hoping to extend the track by another 500 metres, which would end at a new platform at Aspall Halt.

The 'Middy', as it is commonly known, is Suffolk’s only standard-gauge heritage line.

A scheme to double its track length was launched in 2018, with 73 metres of the project completed in March.

In a bid to fund the rest of the extension, the museum is asking for the public to sponsor the sleepers underneath the rails for £15 each.

The project to extend the track length was started in 2018

The project to extend the track length was started in 2018 - Credit: Mid-Suffolk Light Railway

Every sponsor will receive a certificate and be entered into a draw to win a driver experience package.

John Reeve, the museum's marketing manager, said: "It’s really a disguised form of crowdfunding.

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"But we have seen several other railways making a success of similar schemes, so it’s got to be worth our perhaps rather smaller project, giving it a try, especially as we’re nearly there."

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