Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum

Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum, Stowmarket: Address, Phone Number, Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum

Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum
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Located in the heart of the countryside, the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum is Suffolk's only standard gauge steam railway. Known locally as the 'Middy', this quaint little line running from Haughley to Laxfield opened in 1904, firstly for freight and later for passengers. The line closed in 1952 and the track was lifted; however in the early 1990's a group of enthusiasts decided to revive this forgotten piece of Suffolk history, firstly as a museum and later by adding a demonstration line for visitors to experience rural travel on vintage trains. The work of the museum was recognised when the Middy was declared the winner of the Suffolk Museum of the Year Award for 2014. Today the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum is a registered charity and while the museum may be small, visitors can look forward to a big welcome from our voluntary staff. Upon purchasing your ticket you are able to ride the trains as many times as you wish, and being a season ticket this also allows you to return free of charge throughout the year (except special events days). We have a well-stocked shop, real ale bar, and tearoom serving beverages, home-made cakes and hot snacks. We look forward to welcoming you to the Middy very soon, for more details about our events and opening times.
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Derbyshireflyboy
Felixstowe, UK487 contributions
Aug 2021
We visited the Railway on a Sunday billed as bus day. There were TWO buses (only one to ride on) a coach, a post office van and a one very old car ! which was a bit disappointing. The bus ride was fun but we were annoyed that tickets were not checked and a couple of passengers had not bought a ticket.

The cafe could have been okay, but the only gluten free food was one choice of cake. They could have made an extra tenner out of us if they had bought a loaf of G/F bread at least. This is very poor for 2021 and leaves visitors feeling unwelcome and un catered for

. The train ride was interesting if a little short (I know plans are afoot to extend) Overall it was a nice afternoon, but The catering left a lot to be desired and the BUS exhibition was less than impressive.
Written 10 August 2021
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traveller900000
East Anglia119 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Huge thanks to the entire volunteer team at the Middy, for a fantastic day today. Their Train Driver Experience was a gift to my Dad for his 70th.

My Dad and the rest of the family, including two young children and two small dogs, were warmly welcomed by everyone at the Middy.

So much care was extended to us all. Not only was everyone so friendly, but we also learnt a huge amount.

I cannot recommend the Train Driver Experience highly enough. We had the entirety of the Middy to ourselves and it was not just a hugely special day for my Dad, but for all of my family too.

Massive, massive thanks to an absolutely lovely and dedicated group of people
Written 7 August 2021
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SamandHector
Fareham, UK71 contributions
Aug 2021
A fabulous day out for family and railway enthusiasts. All the volunteer staff were most welcoming and friendly and the disabled member of our party was really looked after. Thoroughly recommended.
Written 1 August 2021
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Sharon S
50 contributions
May 2021
A Big Thank You to all the volunteers who have worked so hard to make it possible for this little station to open again.
Visited today, June 1st, and all the precautions and measures you had put in place, made it safe and a lovely day.
The exhibits, stands and displays were set out well and lovely to look round.
The food being served from the Café was excellent.
We always enjoy our days out here and so decided to become members a month ago.
Keep up the good work and we'll be visiting again soon.
Written 31 May 2021
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TallPaulDiss_Norfolk
Diss,Norfolk5 contributions
Dec 2019
What an absolute treat, all the volunteers/staff dressed in period costume and delivering us to Santa at the North pole. Live steam engine and appropriate rolling stock, and a story teller when we got back to the yard. Santa was great what's not to like. We'll be returning when open season starts. Only gave it 4stars because it's only a half mile run, but I understand they have acquired another half mile, permissions pending.
Written 29 January 2020
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Roger G
Hemel Hempstead84 contributions
Sep 2019
All the volunteers were pleasant and really enjoyed sharing their railway with the members of the public. The day that we visited was special event day so there were 3 locomotives in steam and Seraphite just on display. There were agricultural machinery and a large steam roller as well as some vintage cars. The cafe was very busy serving drinks and snacks. The home made sausage rolls were delicious and served hot. The train ride is quite short but there are plans to extend the line in the future. The beautifully restored coaches truly represented the type that would have been used on this railway many years ago. There is small workshop where a steam locomotive was being restored. There was also some diesel locomotive on display. Lots to see and I have not even mentioned the museum, the real ale carriage and the model locomotives also on display. Well worth going on an event day.
Written 11 September 2019
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Steve M
Thorpe le Soken, UK23 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Ok, so the line is quite short (400m) but they are working on an extension which will more than double this. The authenticity and light railway atmosphere are what impressed me most. The 4 wheel coaches with wooden seats, the small locos and other rolling stock, etc. The buildings and platform furniture all add to the experience. The staff are all friendly and helpful and obviously enjoy being there. The cafe was good and the museum, although small, informative and worth seeing. A very nice informal atmosphere and it is possible to visit all areas, including workshops. I look forward to a return visit and maybe 'mixed' trains one day!
Written 18 July 2019
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abanthonywah327
Welwyn Garden City, UK12 contributions
Jun 2019
A great day on an excellent heritage railway. Interesting collection of stock, including a Cockerill steam tram, an Aveling-Porter tram loco, from the Longshop Museum, Leiston, plus an ex LNER tank loco. there are also two Ruston diesel shunters in service AND Fowler number 1, the Shredded Wheat shunter from Nabisco's WGC, now fully restored and in service. Great real ale bar on site in an old GER carriage and trains comprise of two ex GER wooden bodied carriages. Staff are very welcoming and happy to chat about the line. A great day out for enthusiasts, families and anybody else. Check on line for running days.
Written 8 July 2019
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Kenneth P
Auckland Central, New Zealand81 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Such eager and knowledgable volunteers at this lovely little railway museum and steaming days. Have special days and the village folk gather for food and bar on a Friday night.
Written 30 June 2019
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Anne H
Minehead, UK62 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
This railway is not very long but what they have done is to a very high standard and well worth a visit. The 4 wheel coaches which we travelled in are in a remarkable state of preservation and the staff are very friendly and welcoming. All of the facilities were of a very high standard. We had lunch in the cafe and really enjoyed it.
Written 30 June 2019
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