Middy guest arrives to join the “smallest” steam gala at Suffolk museum

The visiting engine arrives at the Middy. Picture: MID SUFFOLK LIGHT RAILWAY

The visiting engine arrives at the Middy. Picture: MID SUFFOLK LIGHT RAILWAY - Credit: Archant

Heritage railways often claim they are preparing for a “Giants of Steam” gala but the Mid Suffolk Light Railway is looking forward to something different – possibly the “smallest” standard gauge gala ever seen.

This year it is playing host to one of only two LNER Y7 steam shunters left in existence. Now its locomotive has been joined by its only sister locomotive which has joined it on the railway until September.

The two engines will be the focal point of the Middy’s steam gala on September 9 and 10 – but they are getting an early run-out this weekend at the railway’s Bank Holiday Bash on Sunday and Monday giving rides to visitors.

As well as steam train rides the railway’s real ale bar will be open and there will be musical entertainment at the museum. Trains will be operating from 11am to 5pm on both Sunday and Monday on what is the last summer steam session at the museum this year.

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