Wetheringsett's Mid-Suffolk Light Railway reopens with popular annual event
A popular railway attraction is set to welcome back visitors this weekend after months of enforced closure due to the coronavirus crisis.
Mid-Suffolk Light Railway (MSLR) will be allowing passengers to tour its station once again from today, and will mark the occasion by launching its Middy in the War Years annual event, which will run across today and tomorrow.
In order to meet government guidelines, tickets for the days can only be bought in advance through www.mslr.org.uk, and visitors are advised to book today to ensure they can secure a ticket.
As the first event of the site’s 2021 programme, Middy in the War Years brings railway history to life with an exhibition showing what it would have looked like in the 1940s.
Celebrating the Wetheringsett railway’s part in the Second World War, the event includes a wide range of re-enactments, displays of memorabilia and a host of military and vintage vehicles.
MSLR marketing manager John Reeve said: “We are really looking forward to seeing the site busy with visitors again on what should be a delightful day.
“Our first opening in 2021 is set to be an entertaining and enjoyable event. We have all our Good to Go credentials in place, so, once you have booked your arrival time, you can stay as long as you like.”
Chairman John Stark added: “Everyone has worked so hard to get things up and running in compliance with the new restrictions they have had to cope with, especially the events and infrastructure teams.”
Despite an enforced period of closure, the team of volunteers at MSLR have kept themselves busy; recently picking up the HRA Morgan Preservation award for the restoration and return to traffic of an original Shredded Wheat factory shunter locomotive that had not turned a wheel in 15 years.
In addition, a section of track running to Aspall halt has progressed significantly thanks to a sponsor-a-sleeper initiative that ran this spring, with the track extension seeing it link up with a station constructed from a traditional railway building sourced from Haughley.
The project has received £10,000 in sponsorship since Easter, with the project’s completion now in sight.